Light-enrobed beings sat near the ceiling of the courtroom. At ground level, across from where I sat, hooded creatures shuffled and guffawed. The dark-robed, wig-wearing, creepy prosecutor continued to ramble until he spunRead More

“She’s at her crisis point,” Gabriel said. “Are you ready, Ansel?” “I am. The enemy is swarming around her. She has no idea how much the devil fears what Christ has called herRead More

Slipping my hand under Grandma’s, I cocoon hers in mine. A slight movement of the sheet pressed over her chest is the single indication of life. “Dad and the others are on theRead More

  “You think it’s easy just sitting in this chair, all … day … long?” She gasped the last words out. Kate took a deep breath. “Of course, I don’t think that, but—”Read More

Life is so unfair. I scuffed my thinning shoes against the pavement as I walked. Once, long ago, Momma would have agreed with me, but she took the coward’s way out. She leftRead More

“Tricia! Get out. Hurry!” Mom’s voice called out between coughs. “Slide down the stairs on your stomach. Stay low.” “But I need—” “No, you don’t. Hurry!” Her words seemed softer and farther awayRead More

“You want me to climb that?” Stina leaned her head back farther. The mountain’s peak stood sentinel against the wakening skyline. “You have to remember how new I am at this stuff.” GingerRead More

Tamara pulled a pair of tennis shoes from the back corner of the closet and blew off a year’s worth of accumulated dust. She slipped them on, tied the laces, then walked towardRead More

The early-morning sun hinted at the edge of the mountain, then danced through the lone sprawling oak in the yard. A tire swing swayed on long twisted vines as the whippoorwill’s trill sangRead More

“How can you be so calm? The world is going nuts all around us, but you’re not.” Dacia paced from one end of her great-aunt’s office to the other. Her heels clacked againstRead More