Fallon Hotel – Chapter Twenty

Slumber my darling, the birds are at rest The wandering dews by the flowers are caressed Slumber my darling, I’ll wrap thee up warm And pray that the angels will shield thee from harm. Smiling at the “angel family” that now sat in the front seat of her car, Jeri ran her index finger around the smooth soapstone cheeks of the faceless mother, father and child that linked arms for all eternity, thanks to the creative artistic genius of the […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Fifteen

Drifting off to sleep, Jeri found herself continuing to hum the melody of “Hard Times Come Again No More” until the mild vibration of the slowing notes carried her off — far, far away from her cozy little room in the Fallon Hotel. She found herself walking the streets of Columbia during the late afternoon, knowing that the last streaks of sunshine would soon be hitting the tops of the trees along Main Street announcing the arrival of dusk.  As […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Twelve

Tears-of-laughter, tears-of-sorrow, tears-of-frustration, tears-of-anger, tears-of-joy, tears-tears-tears.  Jeri wondered how it was that her body was always prepared to cry, no matter what the circumstance.  It was also somewhat surprising that no matter how many tears: her cheeks were never fully saturated nor her tear ducts ever dry.  It didn’t matter how often she found herself bawling her eyes out.  Even as a kid, she never cried as much.  Certainly she had never shed as many tears as she had since […]

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Fallon Hotel – Chapter Eleven

“How do you, I mean… You just got here, Gwen!  What do you…”  Jeri felt queasy and realized that she couldn’t finish what she wanted to say and honestly wasn’t sure that she really wanted to know.  The idea that this young woman, who was new to the hotel, spoke about Ezra as if he was real and recent, was more than she could handle. Gwen put her hand up to stop Jeri and looked up at the ceiling.  “When […]

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