The Locked Cottage

September 3, 2017

“Watch out for the poison ivy,” Jonah shouted, pointing to the shiny, purple-tinged leaves along the side of the cottage. The man from Central Indiana Power & Gas glanced down at the dangerous weeds, then grabbed a pair of work gloves from his tool belt. “Thanks,” he shouted back. With the gloves on, he reached…

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Jonah’s Nightmare

August 25, 2017

Jonah came down for breakfast one morning looking tired and worried. “Did you hear a gunshot last night?” “Gunshot?” His mother stopped pouring cereal into a bowl. “Around here?” Carol Bixby and her son lived on a cul-de-sac with only one other house nearby. Jonah nodded. “I heard Mr. and Mrs. Grover next door fighting,…

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Aunt Penny’s Brooch

August 17, 2017

It was a frigid day in February as Carol Bixby warmed herself in front of the fireplace in Aunt Penny’s old-fashioned living room. Sitting beside her were her cousins, Aunt Penny’s two other nieces. All of them stared silently at the Victorian brooch lying on a footstool, its central diamond gleaming in the fire’s red…

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