Axe Man, Eddie, Jr.

Edward Branch, Jr., known simply as Eddie, Jr. is the owner and operator of Branch Motors (Your Branch office!) in Dublin, Georgia, which is the largest population center near where he and his family have lived for generations. They specialize in big American vehicles, mainly General Motors trucks and autos, and most of his revenue … Continue reading Axe Man, Eddie, Jr.

Rebecca, Too, Goonie

Steven moves anxiously around the room, still reeling from the phone call he received from the mysterious woman. He found the lockbox and key in the places that she said they’d be and the box was full of cards and letters sent to Rebecca from their father, Owen, which she kept for some reason. He … Continue reading Rebecca, Too, Goonie

Rebecca, Too, Florida

Rebecca Asher leans her head back against the seat in the seafood restaurant where she’s just finishing lunch, and rolls her eyes upward, as she listens to the inane conversation of the three girls seated behind her. She’s in Fort Lauderdale for Spring Break 1999 and stopped in for a bite to eat. The trio … Continue reading Rebecca, Too, Florida

Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South, Second Edition

Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South (ISBN: 978-0-9848913-6-8) is now available in its second edition. Eight stories featuring people who have come to Atlanta, Georgia to reinvent themselves. Portions of these stories appeared on this blog between 2014-2017. Stories include: Mockingbird Journey From Night A Debt to Pay Dead Man’s Hat Remains Bare-Assed Messiah … Continue reading Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South, Second Edition

Dander and Leander

Dan Barton sits in the living room of a two-bedroom apartment in Boston, which is sparsely furnished with a second-hand couch, mismatched chairs, plywood and cinder block shelves, and cluttered with tennis shoes, articles of clothing, open and empty boxes of varying sizes, including a black and white cow print Gateway computer box. He’s been … Continue reading Dander and Leander

House Band, Rebecca

Rebecca Asher turns off Piedmont Road into the parking lot for Ansley Mall, and parks behind the filling station that’s on the corner of Piedmont and Monroe Drive. She’s headed to a show at Smith’s Olde Bar, half a block away. Tonight, she has decided she won’t drink much, because she needs her wits about … Continue reading House Band, Rebecca

Woman of God

Avis Collins is the minister at the Apostolic Awakening Fellowship, a conservative church in Duluth, Georgia. Known as Mother Avis by her church family, she promotes herself as a black conservative who’s opposed to gay marriage, extra-marital sex, race mixing, and government entitlements. She grew up in a mainstream Methodist congregation, but became a fundamentalist … Continue reading Woman of God

House Band, Jack Standridge

As far as endings go, Jack Standridge had one of the best. He simply went to sleep and didn’t wake up the next morning. A Marine, who served in Korea, he came home to Decatur, Georgia, where he found a job with his father’s insurance agency, eventually taking over the business when his father retired. … Continue reading House Band, Jack Standridge