Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cooper Gets The Girl: Part One

Dear Readers,

Here is an old story, in two parts, that I only recently remembered I had tucked away some time ago. I borrowed bits and bobs from it for my other multi-chapter story, Coming Home, though I don't have the time or energy to figure out what. So there may be a few moments that overlap, and for that I am sorry.

I hope you enjoy it anyway.



Cooper flew awake, consciousness hurling him upward from his dreamworld with all the delicacy of a catapult. His diaphragm shuddered with the effort of the breaths it dragged weakly into his lungs, and it took a full minute for the popcorn ceiling six feet above him to come into full focus. But the moment it did, Cooper forced his eyes shut again, blocking out reality in favor of the fantasy he'd been living sixty seconds earlier.

He is back in the shell, the small form of his coxswain, Jake, cajoling from the stern, "Power 10!" They may be Cooper's favorite words in the English language. They mean, "Go; dig deeper than you think you can; you can do anything for ten strokes." And the response from Cooper, and the rest of his crew, is instantaneous. Sinew and skill meet willpower in a surge of pure energy. Pulling at the grips of their blades for all they're worth, Cooper and his teammates sail the final stretch over the imaginary regatta finish line as Jake chortles triumphantly, relaying to them that their training session has been their fastest all week.

Something catches Cooper's eye as he pants from his spot in the long, narrow boat, and he grins as he watches the small shell across the cut. It is a much-smaller boat in comparison to Cooper's: a coxed-four, ferrying a quartet of kids who look to be about eight or so, the age Cooper'd been when he'd started rowing. A "quad," they called that kind of boat...

At the memory of the term, Cooper reopened his eyes with a sigh of frustration. There was nowhere he could escape. Because, for the past three years, since the accident that had nearly cut his spinal cord in half between his C3 and C4 vertebrae and robbed him of almost all of his mobility and independence, the word "quad" had taken on a whole new meaning.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Three's A Crowd Chapter 24

Hello friends, here it is, basically five days late and two days early: Chapter 24 of TAC. So my schedule is a bit off but I will try to get back to Wednesday next week. It is another long chapter and I read over it so many times to make sure it sounds right and fits right. I felt like it was a little repetitive to the former chapter but then again it is just some more about Trish's and Shawn's bond getting deeper and learning more about each other, sometimes touching on sensitive topics. Hope you enjoy this week's installment and I am always very happy about your comments. Thanks and Hugs, Dani

Friday, May 22, 2015

Twist Of Fate Chapter 14

Hi TOF followers! I hope you all had a good week. Here are the last news of Cassie and Matt. At this time they leave the Chicago winter for the warm Floridian sun. If they are looking forward to their first vacation together, they both have different reasons to feel nervous to meet Cassie's parents. See how it goes in this Chapter 14. Relax and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sorry - no Three's A Crowd today

Hey TAC readers, sorry I can't post a new chapter today. This past week has been so busy that I had no time to edit the next chapter. I will try to work on TAC for the next few days and hopefully post over the weekend. Thanks for your patience and loyalty. Hugs, Dani

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Footsteps Chapter Four is up!

Hello lovely readers -  I have a surprise for you: a rapid posting!

Thanks for your comments on the last episode. As this is one I'm writing as I go along (I have a basic plan, but each chapter is only finished minutes before it's posted...), it's great to have your input, and who knows, I might change my mind if you think it should go in a certain direction, so get your thoughts heard in the comments section!

Here's Chapter Four for you,