Twelve Short Stories With A Twist

      Mario V. Farina
Twelve Short Stories With A Twist

These are twelve stories that have a "twist;" that is, a surprise at the end. The titles of the stories are Remembering the Anniversary; The Mistrial; A Meal to End All Meals; Judge Me Fair; English Major; The Woman In The Diner; Woman On The Phone; Thou Art A Witch; Voyage To Mars; Betrayer; Brain Transplant; A Reenactment To Justice. You may have already read these stories from other sources.A recovering drug addict who had lost her family, friends and career to a designer drug that nearly killed her, Cil struggled every day just to find enough food to keep her alive while desperately trying to convince potential employers that her days of self-destruction were over. She was fighting the despair that came from yet another employer rejection when she tripped over something on the ground and slammed her head into a transport. When she came back to consciousness, Cil was looking up into the face of a short compact woman with bright red hair and freckles. The woman was wearing the pin of a Kre Master, though Cil could not remember how she knew that was what that pin represented.“My name is P’Hilz. What is your name?”“Huh? Uh, Cil. My name is Cil…. Ma’am”Cil was very pleased with herself for remembering that a master was to be addressed so.“Well Cil, you cracked your head pretty good just now, with your permission, I would like to use my talents to heal you.”“Heal me? My permission? I’m okay ma’am and not worth your trouble even if I were not.”“Nonsense. You are neither okay, nor is there anyone who is not worth helping. May I have your permission to help?”Cil felt dizzy and could tell she was about to lose consciousness again, and she welcomed the thought, but heard herself consent to receive assistance as she slipped back into blessed darkness.
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    Read My Best Puns To Boggle Your Mind

      Mario V. Farina
Read My Best Puns To Boggle Your Mind

This books introduced 25 of my best puns created over a period of many years. I tell only puns that I have created myself. My hope is that you give you a little amusement.If you've ever wondered what made Gruff gruff, read his tragic tale of lust and betrayal here.Origins: Gruff explored the origins of one of the most beloved characters introduced in Equivocal Destines, book 1 of the Upheaving Nidola epic fantasy series.
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    I Don't Want To Be Married Anymore!

      Mario V. Farina
I Don't Want To Be Married Anymore!

Ted and Marie had been married two years. Suddenly, she announced she did not want to be married anymore and wanted to take a new road. Though he tried to talk her out of this decision, he failed. Marie met Philip. He seemed to be the man that she had been dreaming of. They decided to celebrate the second anniversary of their meeting in Manhattan. You'll be interested in what happened there.Ted and Marie had been married two years. Suddenly, one morning she announced she did not want to be married anymore and wanted to take a new road. Though he tried to talk her out of this decision, she remained adamant. Marie met Philip. He seemed to be the man that she had been dreaming of. They decided to celebrate the second anniversary of their meeting in Manhattan. You'll be interested in what happened there.
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    I Won My Husband In A Lottery

      Mario V. Farina
I Won My Husband In A Lottery

Lois Auburn paid $2,000 for a lottery ticket where the winner would receive Robert Miller, a handsome young man, as a loving husband. She was the only bidder and won. Robert didn't want to honor his commitment. He stated he didn't love her. Lois denied all the inducements he offered in order to back out of the marriage. She insisted they be married. This story tells what happened next."Lame High School Poetry" is a collection of 65 poems written by an earnest young man falling in and out of love for the first time. Follow the journey of words as he uses his writing to keep from exploding with emotion. The poetry will lead you from his sophomore year in high school, through ups and downs, into college and then years spent in New York City.A true documentation of what we have all felt.
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    I Don't Think I Should Do That

      Mario V. Farina
I Don't Think I Should Do That

"Was this a repetition of the seven-year itch," he wondered. He had almost lost his his wife with the last one, and here was a possibility that it was going to happen again. Mary had come into his life when he least expected it. It has been another seven years since his last affair. How was this new adventure end? This story gives the details.The Adventures of Slugman are a series of socio-political satirical and comical illustories featuring Slugman, hero of common nonsense and fighter of the “common good”. Slugman is an activist for the socially and politically disadvantaged in a world of ridiculous regulation and shrink-wrapped ideology. He began life as a lowly garden variety slug raiding the cat-food dish but his misadventures were soon enjoyed across the country as his stories were published every week in national magazines. Not for the easily offended or the politically correct.In this illustory, Slugman is critically injured and must suffer in a flawed health system.
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    I Wish I Had Said That!

      Mario V. Farina
I Wish I Had Said That!

In a story, authors say things that are critical for the plot. Often, the author state what the words should be. Many times, the author has no control; the characters, themselves, speak the words. This story presents about a dozen illustrations where the characters in the story form the important words themselves. At times the author begins a story but the characters take control and finish itIn a story, authors say things that are critical for the plot. Often, the author state what the words should be. Many times, the author has no control; the characters, themselves, speak the words. This story presents about a dozen illustrations where the characters in the story form the important words themselves. At times the author begins a story but the characters take control and finish it.
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    I Had Two Brides In One Day

      Mario V. Farina
I Had Two Brides In One Day

Grace and I had set a date for our wedding. Alex arranged a stag party in my honor. Suddenly I found myself in the middle of a joke where I was "married" in a fake marriage on the evening before my actual wedding day. But there was a terrible blunder and the "fake" marriage turned out to be a real one. This brought on some complications that readers will find interesting.The last dragon is dying. She knows it. And she is almost glad: her life has been long, sad, and full of suffering. She is hated, hunted and harassed wherever she goes. And she wonders: what is the point of living when no one wants you to live? So when she is discovered yet again, she does not bother trying to flee. Wounded and despairing, she waits for her death at the hands of human villagers with their pitchforks and prejudice. Following her would-be destroyers, however, is a strange, solitary young soul who is also unloved, and who wishes for more than his life has allotted to him. 'The Dragon's Boy' is a short fairytale about the last dragon in the world, an orphan named Jack, and faithful, persistent love.
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    I'll Conjure You Up A Fortune

      Mario V. Farina
I'll Conjure You Up A Fortune

Adele was not very good at being a psychic. But dowdy Silvia was going to be easy. And it was! Everything went Adele's way from the start. Suddenly unexpected events began to occur. There was a surprise occurrence at the end. Can you guess what it was before you reach the end of the story?Welcome to the strange city of Odnnol, a muddled, mysterious metropolis that mirrors our own reality, but in a bygone age that possibly never happened. Or did it? Perhaps our age never happened and this one did? Who can really say in the world of imagination and multiple realities? Queen Vitriolica sits on the throne, spitting bile and bitter expletives at her errant subjects, while the Tribish Empire rules the waves, and a considerable portion of the land as well. Keen author Philbert Chicory takes you on a wild escapade meeting a zombi (as it was spelt back then) detective and his sidekick, whom you may or may not recognise, along with the leading character, Mopsy, a small, yet tenacious pug dog. These intrepid adventurers embark on an investigation to find the culprit of the disgusting custard murders, the elusive Rick the Japer, and get involved in one of the greatest capers of the century. The trio face fearsome foes and adversity as they get closer to the truth, in a ripping, rollicking, rivetting tale of high excitement and steampunk fun. Do fear the Japer! Who knows where he might strike next?!
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    The Gift

      Mario V. Farina
The Gift

William found a photo in a book that haunted him. He needed to follow up and was finally able to talk to a person who could tell him who were the people in the photo and under what circumstances it had been taken. You'll find yourself thinking about this story long after you read it.Dreamcatcher is a short story prequel to The 8th Mayan Prophecy. John and Mary Windwalker are blessed with a daughter, Grace. But they are stunned when two different shamans make virtually identical predictions about their daughter's future. Living in Northeastern Minnesota, Grace finds herself, the object of bullying when she moves into middle school. An unlikely ally comes to her defense.
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    Some Things Should Be Better Left Unknown

      Mario V. Farina
Some Things Should Be Better Left Unknown

Dr. James Morton had invented a machine that looked ahead into the future. An early trial allowed him to capture thieves caught in the act of committing a crime. But later he left a note instructing the destruction of his test equipment. "Some things should be better left unknown," he decided. Why? This story gives you the surprising answer.Despatched on a secret mission in Central Asia, 22 year old Lieutenant Jamie Hanover encounters hostile tribes, steam-powered robots and djinn in his search for answers regarding the British defeat at Trafalgar.Helped by the strange mystic, Hari Singh, the two men fight side by side in the mountains as they track a strange metal emissary through the infamous Khyber Pass.Following in the emissary’s destructive footsteps Jamie and Hari travel to Adina Pur, where the uncovering of secrets and the culmination of their respective missions demands a heavy price.Metal Emissary is a Steampunk Adventure set in Central Asia in the 1850s, full of weird machines, exotic characters, dust, snow and blood.
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    Chinese Fortune Cookies The Ruse

      Mario V. Farina
Chinese Fortune Cookies The Ruse

Robert Drake was enamored of Wanda Fisher but was too shy to let her know. Harry Collier, an associate at work, agreed to help him reveal his interest. But, it was Mrs. Collier who was responsible for the advice that Harry gave. This story tells why.‘Don’t let me lose myself.’Fifteen-year-old X thinks she is going to die. Shacked up in the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts a journal to document her last few days. Much less than a few days if the uglies manage to get in.X is a post-apocalyptic short story from Jack Croxall, author of Tethers.Praise for XA luminous, captivating tale perfect for giving you one of those reading "moments".– Liz Loves BooksI was left with a genuine shiver down my spine.– D.M. Cain, author of The Phoenix Project
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    Sugar Daddy

      Mario V. Farina
Sugar Daddy

I met Marjorie after my wife had died. We were going together though I was about twenty years older than she. She mentioned a ring and I purchased it for her. He said she needed some money to help pay for a car and I gave it to her. I asked whether she considered me her sugar daddy. This story tells what happened next.A chilling alternative history short story detailing the rise to power of a modern demagogue in America from the perspective of a non-descript British family. As the infringements of liberty and freedom progress past the borders of America, directly impacting on Britain the societal changes force the family to assess their actions and a decision as to how far they will go to hide in anonymity within a regime they cannot begin to condone.
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    The Ghost Town Trap

      Mario V. Farina
The Ghost Town Trap

The Law Enforcement Forces went to unprecedented lengths to apprehend a wanted killer. Just how unprecedented were the methods will amaze you as you read this story. The vicious felon was captured, and that was the important thing.The Law Enforcement Forces went to unprecedented lengths to apprehend a much wanted killer. Just how unprecedented were the methods will amaze you as you read this story. The vicious criminalwas captured, and that was the important thing.
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    Tomorrow I Will Disappear Again

      Mario V. Farina
Tomorrow I Will Disappear Again

This s a story about a woman who, at age 116, looks to be in her mid-twenties. This might be considered a blessing for some but for this woman, it is causing a great deal of trouble. Her husband leaves her; her daughter marries and moves as far away from her as she can. She asks a renowned reporter to tell her story. The occurrences in this story will haunt you.Sipe’s job: drive the crime throne heir from California back home to Seattle. The double cross: Sipe’s unaware Connie is willing to sacrifice anyone to get out of the family business for good. Sipe’s reality: betrayed, wounded, looking down the barrel of a little blackmail courtesy of the teenager that just discovered him unconscious in the tiniest of tiny Oregon towns. Tiffany’s deal: Sipe helps her locate a missing friend or the faked boob-grab pics make the rounds. The local less than honorable law enforcement...her slightly crazy uncle...Little Creek’s the kind of place the wrong kind of stranger can disappear – forever.The Lipless Gods. A noir-tinged portrait of broken families, teen prostitution, green energy, and of course, anger management challenged Olympic athletes and the mobsters who love them.
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    Black Sea Deluge - A Flood Myth Short Story

      Mario V. Farina
Black Sea Deluge - A Flood Myth Short Story

Historic Copper Age Exploration of the Traditional Noah Flood Story / 18 pagesKu-aya led a joyful life with her parents and her three younger brothers. Her days were spent tending to the fields of wheat, watching over the herd of sheep, and dancing along the banks of the salt-river which ran through the center of her beautiful sprawling village. Every dawn brought new blessings from the Sky FathHistoric Copper Age Exploration of the Traditional Noah Flood Story / 18 pagesKu-aya led a joyful life with her parents and her three younger brothers. Her days were spent tending to the fields of wheat, watching over the herd of sheep, and dancing along the banks of the salt-river which ran through the center of her beautiful sprawling village. Every dawn brought new blessings from the Sky Father above.But The Striker, god of storms and change, could have a callous streak. With each passing year the salt-river grew ever wider, dividing their town into halves. And there were those who whispered that this was just a harbinger of a greater ill to come ...* * *Black Sea Deluge is the first book in my short story series set in the Black Sea region during the Copper Age - around 5,600 BC. The stories retell the Noah Flood myth from a historical perspective. These short stories are about 15 pages each. The Noah Flood series contains no violence, no swearing, and no intimacy, so they are suitable for teens and up. You can read the books one-by-one as they are released, or you can read the boxed sets. The boxed sets are compiled immediately after reaching each 10-book milestone. It's your choice! Some readers enjoy giving feedback as I write while others would rather binge-read in blocks.Half of all author's proceeds benefit battered women's shelters.
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    I Married The Boss

      Mario V. Farina
I Married The Boss

Marilyn Willkie had been advised by her grandmother that the best way to a successful marriage was to marry the boss. Her dad, on the other hand, said that love was of paramount important in any marriage. Her boss, Bernie Ralston asked Marilyn to marry him. She said no. This story gives the explanation of why she couldn't say yes to Bernie but did say yes to another person.Yon 'fore the now, the then was a'here. The beasties, an' ghoulies, an' ghosties ran freer.Amok an' away, we hid from the day. Runnin' at night, we doled out our fright. Twas not of our own strife; we were spoken to life.I be one o' the beasties what goes bump in the night!Are our nightmares things of fantasy and imagination? Or does that which we dream of become real? What happens to a small girl when her nightmares do become real?A short single.
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    This Will Indeed Be A Little Gem

      Mario V. Farina
This Will Indeed Be A Little Gem

Philip Stanton finds a ldevice that he discovers is able to transport people great distances at high speed. He names the device, "Little Gem." He learns to use it and travels to Manhattan to meet with the wife of the inventor of the device. It seems that Dr. Hardesty was injured while testing the device and will now ask Philip to do something that requires courage and a penchant for Adventure.Philip Stanton finds a little device that he discovers is able to transport people over great distances at high speed. He names the device, "Little Gem." He learns how to use it and travels to Manhattan to meet with the wife of the inventor of the device, James Hardesty. It seems that Dr. Hardesty was injured while testing the device and will now ask Philip to do something that requires a great deal of courage and a penchant for adventure. This is Science Fiction as you've never seen it before.
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    Little Girl Lost

      Mario V. Farina
Little Girl Lost

This is a fictional story about a little girl who became accidentally lost on a train. Her mother was on another train going in the opposite direction. All the little girl knew is that she lived on Main Street in Skin Your Neck Today. Was she be able to be reunited with her family. Of course, she did. This story has a happy ending. But exactly how? You'll love this tale!When Nachiketa is 23 his father reveals to him that his mother is the reclusive Swedish film star, “Harriet Brown” (the alias Greta Garbo often used). No one knows this and no one must ever know.Nachiketa and Harriet do eventually meet and together embark on a decades-long spiritual journey of sporadic meetings, prolonged silences, and extraordinary, shared experiences complete with ancient snakes, trolls, and a mysterious white horse, that originally belonged to Mark Helprin. And the boy who was once given away will become the person who knows his mother best.This is all a lie, of course, but a lie that tells the truth.====PrologueWhen my mother was twelve years old, directing imaginary plays from the little outhouse roof in her tenement back yard, she knew that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the world.Standing by her living room window, catching a brown and watery glimpse of the East River these many years later, she knew it to be a bad place.Whether this knowledge had gathered little by little over the intervening years—cloud by cloud, regret by regret—and just now let on; or whether it had sprung: gray horizon to horizon upon an unsuspecting sky just moments ago, since breakfast, she couldn’t tell. Only that it was so obvious now.But she mustn’t let this ruin her day. She slipped into her beige duffle coat, donned her sunglasses, covered her head with a gray and black scarf, patted her coat pocket to hear the keys tinkle, made sure she had her cigarettes, and her lighter, and without as much as a word of good-bye to Claire, headed out for her morning walk.====A GiftMy mother gave me away when I was two weeks old. Yes: I was a gift. That’s what she later told me: a gift. Of course, I was also the unthinkable, in a world that must never know about me, at least not the world which knew and celebrated her. I was to be hidden from it.Later I realized that I was also to be hidden from her, the deeper the better.“And given sounds so much better than hidden, don’t you think?” she said once after I had come to know her. “And so much better than unthinkable.”The original benefactee—if I can be permitted to invent a word—was my father. His name was Jiddu and at that time (I was born April 10, 1928) he was a reasonably well known mystic. Indeed, he was quite famous in his day, even though today, if remembered at all, he seems more myth than man. Still, he has left a bit of a legacy, along with not a few schools and foundations scattered here and there about the world. But the man on the street, were you to mention his name, would look at you blankly, take his time, and then shake his head.At first Jiddu argued that she should keep me. “Children should be with their mothers,” he said. “That’s why women give birth and not men.” Besides, would a child not be in his way as much as in hers? This, however, he soon had to admit—even to himself—simply was not true. Sure, to him I would be a burden, an inconvenience and an embarrassment, but to her I would be the end of a career, the end of a successful life.So in the end he relented—though, from what she later told me, not all that gracefully—and accepted me: a gift to be hidden.You could plainly see that I was his and her son. The color of my hair and the color of my skin were his; the color of my eyes, and the shape of my nose and mouth were hers. If my father had entertained any thoughts of contesting his involvement, he must have abandoned them the moment he saw me. Very much his, and very much hers. Not that I cared then.
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    Asteroid Zirxon Will Destroy Earth In October

      Mario V. Farina
Asteroid Zirxon Will Destroy Earth In October

The President announced that an asteroid had been discovered headed straight for Earth and would make impact in October. Life on Earth, as we know it, would be destroyed. World leaders were at a loss knowing how to avoid having this calamity occur. Finally, Wilma Brown found herself next to this asteroid faced with finding a method of avoiding the catastrophe. Was she able to measure up?The President announced that an asteroid had been discovered headed straight for Earth and would make impact in October. Life on Earth, as we know it, would be destroyed. World leaders were at a loss knowing how to avoid having this calamity occur. Finally, Wilma Brown found herself next to this asteroid faced with finding a method of avoiding the catastrophe. Was she able to measure up to the challenge?
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    A First Date On A Windy Day

      Mario V. Farina
A First Date On A Windy Day

Matthew was in love with the lovely Glenda Robinson. He wanted to make a good impression on their first date. But he wore a hairpiece that had a penchant for blowing away when he was driving a sports car. He feared this would happen at the time when he least wanted this. Alas, it did blow off on his first date with Glenda. Her reaction was priceless.Psychoscapes delivers varying horrors and the shifting seasons of perception that accompany them.
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    A Momentous Decision

      Mario V. Farina
A Momentous Decision

A beautiful woman introduced herself to him and indicated she was attracted to him. But, there was something wrong. He was much older than she and she knew he was married and had children. He had lunch with her and decided that he wanted to be with her again. Where was this relationship going? He had to make a decision. This story tells about his decision and what led to it.When Robert Miller, a high-powered advertising executive falls into a deep depression after his fiancé Tiffany abandons the relationship without any signs of unhappiness, his life is thrown into a tailspin. Not fully knowing how to deal with his heartache, he loses focus with his job, family, and friends. He meets Serena, a single mother with two children, who is not without issues of her own. They develop an unlikely relationship. However, trouble brews when the men of her past resurface and seek to ignite their relationship with her. In the meantime, Robert is faced with revealing a dark family secret that has kept his mother in a mental institution for nearly twenty-years. Having to explain his past becomes a conflict as he expose to his sisters Diamond and Jade that the father they’ve always known, isn’t the man they believed. Based in the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia), AGAPE- The Triangle, The Circle , The Cross is a compelling contemporary story that explores love, relationship, and forgiveness, in the midst of life’s storms. Can a person display unconditional love when he/she has been physically and mentally abused? Is it possible to recover from betrayal when an unspeakable tragedy inflicts an immeasurable pain? AGAPE- The Triangle, The Circle, The Cross allows readers to peek inside the characters’ lives and experience their emotions.
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