Inferno 

Zachariah Messner was a stern and pious man, a deacon at the Messianic Holiness Congregation, a small church in Houston County, Georgia, near Perry, with no known affiliations to any of the recognized Christian denominations. A man with few pleasures in life, he believed himself to be head of his household and insisted his wife … Continue reading Inferno 

Mockingbird, Brian

Brian Sanger sits in the Starbucks at 1776 Peachtree Street, halfway through a venti, black, dark-roast, Ethiopian coffee, and an almond scone, and looks over a piece of music he's composing. He typically prefers Caribou to Starbucks, but has no car, since his was totaled in an accident early the previous year, and doesn't live … Continue reading Mockingbird, Brian

The End of History 

While many might believe life on Earth would be simpler if we could all be brought together under a single, unifying philosophy, no one can come to any sort of agreement on what that should be. Every social, political, economic, and religious movement since the dawn of civilization has sought to unite people under a common set … Continue reading The End of History 

Worthy, Part 50 (Final)

In late-October, Abigail receives an invitation for an interview at Emory Medical School scheduled for January. She once again consults Winn, who gives her an overview of what to expect.  "Your grades are exceptional, your MCAT was in the top percentile, and you have professional experience in a clinic, not to mention your extracurricular activities. … Continue reading Worthy, Part 50 (Final)

Worthy, Part 47

Abigail's recruiter follows through on his promise to set up a meeting between Abigail and his other client, Gloria Savage. After making sure both are okay with the idea, he texts each one the other's number. Abigail wrestles with the decision to call or wait to hear from Gloria. She lets a day pass before … Continue reading Worthy, Part 47

Worthy, Part 46

The office where Abigail will be working is in Chamblee, but for her initial orientation phase, she's stationed at the main office downtown for several days, until all her paperwork goes through. There, she takes all the required coursework, ethics, time charging, security awareness, and other topics, all designed to insure she's acknowledged every rule … Continue reading Worthy, Part 46

Worthy, Part 45

As apprehensive as Abigail is about working for Bickering Plummet, she's even more so about telling Genevieve. Cataloging corporate wrongs is a favorite pastime of her cousin's, none more so than Bickering. During a career day at one of her schools in Seattle, Genevieve was asked to present an essay about Bickering Plummet to honor … Continue reading Worthy, Part 45

Worthy, Part 44

  A number of interesting consequences result from Alyssa's giving birth in the office of T. J. Bailey's restaurant in Decatur and the first is that the owner awards the Caines and Neil free dinners for life, and since the restaurant is owned by a conglomerate, this offer extends to all their Atlanta area holdings. … Continue reading Worthy, Part 44