Jules Jems

The Plan

The annual All Saints Church Carnival and Lawn Fete had arrived in Aberdeen.  It was the event every kid in Aberdeen looked forward to from the minute the carnival ended to the minute it returned.  A full three hundred sixty-five days, give […]

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The couch

“What do you think?” Lily asked as she circled the item for the third time. Lindsey, with her finger pressed against her chin, looked at the item again, then turned back to Lily.   “You want the truth?” Lily frowned as she looked […]

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The Baptism

Frank looked at the crowd of people huddled on the pebbled shore of the lake.  Everyone was dressed in their Easter finest.  Not that you could tell.  Most were cocooned in their warm, woolen coats and their knit scarfs.  Their breaths rose […]

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When things go awry . . .

Excitement filled the air.  Today, the residents of Aberdeen would celebrate Mardi Gras.  Everyone looked forward to the festival.  They loved the parade that started it, the parties that ended it and everything in between. Normally, the festival was on the Tuesday […]

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Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .

  Exactly one week after the embarrassing incident of falling down the steps, Maybelline knew she needed a vacation.  Of course, when your cousin Ben, who is also the police chief of Aberdeen, strongly encourages you to get out of town and […]

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The Sky is Falling

Gladys Clapper woke up on Monday with a tightness in her stomach and her bones aching.  When she looked at the calendar and saw that Friday was not only the full moon but also the 13th, she knew her body wasn’t lying.  […]

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Repurposing Maybelline

Maybelline had just accepted a glass of champagne when someone grabbed her arm and spun her around.  She looked up to see her cousin Ben glaring down at her.  She should have known she’d get caught.  This was Aberdeen, after all.  Gossip […]

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A New Beginning

Maybelline always hated Christmas.  No matter how great it was, there was always a little bit of letdown.  This year was even worse for Maybelline. After ten long years of dating, Maybelline was certain this was the year her boyfriend John would […]

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The Perfect Christmas

Claire vowed this was going to be a perfect Christmas.  She wouldn’t have the Charlie Brown Christmas tree with the one light that refused to shine nor the house with its anemic decorations, a sad comparison to the neighbors.  Her Christmas dinner […]

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The Lesson

Frank couldn’t believe his eyes on Monday morning.  He trudged out to the nativity with snow up to his kneecaps and streams of breath puffing from his mouth and stood there in disbelief.  Someone had ransacked the nativity!  Everything was in disarray.  […]

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