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What the Heck… ?

What the Heck… ?

What the Heck are you Doing, Mark?   The real answer is not helpful, so let's skip that one. Bennington's story is complete. You'll get the final three scenes over the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Now that I'm finished with a reasonable draft of "Obsessive...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 11

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 11

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 11 Bennington tied his shoes under the blanket of the hospital bed. A shadow rode the curtain separating his ICU from the nursing station. He snapped his body to attention beneath the sheets. The ridiculous image of a mannequin under...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 10

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 10

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 10 Bennington recognized the missed stop sign when Gloria laid her palm on the dash. She shrieked. “Slow down before your hurt someone!”   “It’ll be okay, Dear.” He slipped past a moving van and hit the brakes to prevent a kiss with the...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 9

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 9

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 9 Bennington pulled out a fistful of socks and grabbed a pile of briefs. He shoved the drawer closed with his elbow. Gloria gaped while he stuffed the satchel.  “You’re getting them all wrong, Benny,” she said in a shaky voice. She made...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 8

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 8

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 8 It was bright outside, and the sun appeared friendly. Bennington drove ten prolonged minutes to the hospital. Previous surveillance efforts paid off, because Erin was just reaching her automobile in the parking lot when he arrived...

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Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

Corona, Coronaaaaa… Virus

What I Did This Coronavirus.   Not much, it seems. Maybe it’s like that for you as well. All this free time… we all know the adage—ain’t nothing free. They made me work anyway. It’s harder to work when everybody you know is at home writing books with all the...

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Mark Wm Smith

On occasion, Mark lived down the street from the last whorehouse in the West, spit dust from the end of a trail drive and stood beside the hardened lawmen facing down anarchist rebels.

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“Desert Miles” Short Story
Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

Amateur Sleuth in the Desert, One Point One

"Desert Miles" Scene 1 A four-foot tall dust devil skipped across Main Street, stuttering for a moment between Miles Thurman and the Law. It bobbed and weaved with the expertise of a boxer. Juneau poked his damp nose at a loose candy...

“Murder in The Orient” Short Story
Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Hard-Boiled Amateur Sleuth, Episode One

Murder at the Edge of the Orient, Episode One There’s a heat that wraps you in its steamy wet blanket. An oppressive tropical heat. It pretends to shield you while locking you inside a cocoon of sensory depravation. The kind of heat that...

“Obsessive Compulsive” Short Story
Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 4

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 4

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 4 Bennington spent the next two days wallowing in disappointment. A wet fog accompanied his morning runs, undesirable empathy hijacked every clinical session and the clock hands paused at visual inquiries....

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What the Heck… ?

What the Heck… ?

What the Heck are you Doing, Mark?   The real answer is not helpful, so let's skip that one. Bennington's story is complete. You'll get the final three scenes over the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  Now that I'm finished with a...

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