Cindy and Brian
Cindy sat in the room staring at the wall. She was nervous on the borderline of an anxiety attack. She had never gone this long without her phone. Her representative to the board told her she had to turn off her phone before any meeting or hearing. The door opened, and Sensation came into the room. Her representative was a woman named Sensation Sanders. She was dressed in a black turtle neck and baggie black jeans. She said, “I just have a few questions then we will finish with the hearing.” Sensation explained how the hearing would go. She would be brought into the room. She said, “remain standing until they come in and sit. Someone will read the affirmation and the hearing will begin.” Cindy asked, “affirmation?” Sensation seemed to grow a little cold and cross. She said, “now don’t ask any questions in this hearing. You are there to answer not ask. The head of the committee likes to hear why we exist before every hearing. A reminder of the horrible past.” She got up and said, “don’t worry you aren’t the aggressor here.”
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My earliest memory of her is in pigtails and a yellow jumper with a white sailor’s cap. We were six and it was summer at the lake. Our parents were all friends from college. This made us friends from birth. There was seven of us Janet, Jimmy, Teddy, Bert, Sandy, Cassie and myself. Most of us lived in the same housing subdivision nearly on the same block. Every summer we all went to the same camp ground around a lake. We played on the swings and rode horses by day and played tag at night. I didn’t think much of Cassie back then. She was a friend and not much more. I think our parents wanted us to just be kids. Gender roles and stereotypes didn’t play into our play. Unlike the rest, Cassi’s family lived in a different town. We only saw her in the summers by the lake.
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These are short stories I wrote. Some are connected to the larger books I am working on others are just for the fun of story telling.
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