Eve's Refusal

      Michael Hearing / Thrillers & Crime
Eve's Refusal

St. Francis knew it, Bobby McGee learned it, and Andrew Thurston meets the realization head on.Eve is a nobody – just a dirty, mentally challenged homeless woman who stands on a street corner in her rags and "prophesies." But she knows exactly what she possesses, what most of those who pity her don't have."Eve's Refusal" is a Flannery O'Connor-esque short story of approximately 3,400 words.St. Francis knew it, Bobby McGee learned it, and Andrew Thurston meets the realization head on.Eve is a nobody – just a dirty, mentally challenged homeless woman who stands on a street corner in her rags and "prophesies." But she knows exactly what she possesses, what most of those who pity her don't have.Eve refuses to take advantage of the social programs and for a good reason. She refuses to submit to the medical procedure and the progress monitoring, preferring instead to keep what she has.Eve has an important lesson to teach Andrew Thurston, Director of the Social Equity and Rehabilitation Department, who is determined to help her. And it's a lesson he learns the hard way."Eve's Refusal" is a Flannery O'Connor-esque short story of approximately 3,400 words.
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    Inside the Ride

      Michael Hearing / Actions & Adventure / Romance & Love
Inside the Ride

Cody is just trying to make enough money as a professional bareback rider and bull rider to stay afloat – to keep from having to go back to that construction job he hates. That's why he and Bucky Fannon are wandering around the midway at the Tulsa State Fair waiting for the rodeo to begin later. And, as a result, they witness the accident at the Ferris wheel.The original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Roughly 280 million people visit theme parks every year and take approximately 1.7 billion rides. And there are slightly fewer than 10 Ferris wheel-related deaths each year. So the odds are generally in your favor.But Cody Jackson wasn't aware of any of this.Cody is just trying to make enough money as a professional bareback rider and bull rider to stay afloat – to keep from having to go back to that construction job he hates. That's why he and Bucky Fannon are wandering around the midway at the Tulsa State Fair waiting for the rodeo to begin later. And, as a result, they witness the accident at the Ferris wheel. Later, Cody wins a first in the bareback riding. The pieces seem to be falling into place at last, with rodeo success within his reach. But in the bull riding – well, the bull riding doesn't go so well for Cody.Sometimes, there's really no way to get off safely when you're stuck inside the ride. "Inside the Ride" is a short story of approximately 4,300 words.
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