A TIME TO REAP

A Time To Reap

In the novella A Time To Reap we find Nina Esposito in New York City in the spring of 1981. Hired by an insurance company after some chalices are stolen from a church, Nina struggles with questions of faith and vulnerability as she tries to solve a locked room mystery.

FOOL’S GOLD

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Set in New York City in the autumn of 1980, Fool’s Gold is the story of twenty-year-old Nina Esposito. No family of her own, and yearning to fit in somewhere, Nina takes a new restaurant job where she uncovers clues about the father she never knew. When one of the bartenders is murdered, Nina can’t …

Up A Tree

I knocked the dirt from the ball field out of my cleats as I walked home from school after baseball practice. It was hot for May and my uniform shirt was damp with sweat. In less than a month, I’d be done with school, I thought. Except for playing baseball, I wasn’t …

Lady Luck

Janice scraped off the metallic ink with her lucky nickel, revealing each number, one by one. The usual feeling of anticipation, the bottled up joy, bubbling in her heart, was waiting to pop as the numbers were exposed. She rubbed at each square, brushing the tiny curls of silver and black off the …

The Ghetto

The Ghetto was east of the river across from Velo-city, but a few miles north of the Edge.  There were still some buildings left in the Ghetto, unlike the Edge, which was almost completely barren. Crumbling and burned out, the buildings of the Ghetto stood five and six stories tall.  Their windows black and gaping …

The Shed

Smitty rubbed the soot from her eyes and looked at the sun as it hung low in the sky. Soon it’ll be night and the dogs will come out she thought, automatically.  She stoked the coals and gave the bellows a few pumps to get the heat high enough. The sword she was working on …

Breathless

To tell you the truth, I never thought it would end between us.  Especially not the way it ended.  The way it ended me.  The way she ended me. When I first saw her, I felt as if I had always known her.  It wasn’t that “love at first sight” kind of thing, it was more …

The Edge

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The place called the Edge wasn’t much more than a rubble strewn empty stretch of rocky ground where the land met the river.  On the other side of the water, the gleaming glass skyscrapers of Velo City rose out of the rancid river the way crystals form in nature: tall, sharp and glowing. The dark river …

Victim Of Circumstances
Beyond Your Control

It’s kind of depressing when your girlfriend kicks you out and all of your belongings fit into one box.  A box that you can carry rather easily in fact.  Depressing, yes, and embarrassing.  But it’s also convenient.  So convenient in fact that you can hold the box under one arm, as you pause and turn …

River In The Woods

I slipped my paddle into the dark water and pulled it slowly, moving my canoe forward.  The sun had set quickly, and the instant darkness reminded me that, although it was a waning quarter moon, the cloud cover was so heavy that I’d get no light from the sky.  I hadn’t meant to stay on …

There was a crooked man

There was a Crooked Man, and he went a crooked mile,” I whispered to myself as I carefully walked between the trees in the darkness.  I was resorting to my childhood magic spell to ward off any ghosts that might be lurking in my Grandparents’ orchard.  My parents used to leave me here on this …