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  1. We were on our way a few hours before sunrise. I was hoping we would get there right after the evening meal. It was a pleasant journey. Junius had his rabbit to keep him company. I asked Duccius what happened to the other rabbit. He said it escaped. I wonder about that. It probably escaped to someone’s cooking pot. I think we just passed the gates when I looked, and Junius was asleep cuddling his rabbit. I wondered if he squeezed the other rabbit to death. The boy was going to be like his father. As I hoped, we arrived just as the sun was going down. Aumen had assigned rooms, and I was gl
    23 points
  2. "I'm so sorry, Mrs. and Mr. Mercer." Jeremy hung his head. "I don't know how it happened, but Lee got his hands on some drugs. He must have pressured Avery into taking them." "Which?" Bill Mercer's tone was clipped, barely controlled. "Which drugs?" "OxyContin. It's a powerful opiate. Thanks to his habit, Lee has some resistance to its effects, but Avery doesn't." Jeremy’s forehead ran with nervous sweat. “That, and the doctors say Avery had an allergic reaction to the drug.” Anna held Bill's arm as they stood in the hall outside the Emergency Room. They had just been in to see
    20 points
  3. For the next two weeks, we worked in the gardens, groves, and vineyard. Our animals were tended with the help of Junius. His mother said he couldn’t have the lamb he wanted. I told him we would keep it for him, and he can play with it when he visits. That seemed to be acceptable. Nour said he spends all day with the animals. “We have to tell him they need to rest for him to come to eat. He wanted to know why he couldn’t eat what they are eating.” Laughing, I thought, he has an inquisitive mind. Duccius suggested that we go and visit grandfather’s Villa. I thought that might not
    19 points
  4. “RYAN!” Jasper shouts and stares in shock, so surprised to see Ryan that he was practically shaking and unable to get out of the bath despite wanting to throw himself at Ryan. “Surprise.” Ryan smiles and throws his phone down on the counter. With absolutely no care in the world for the fact he was still dressed, Ryan gets in the bath with Jasper and wraps his arms around him, hugging him tight. “I’m so sorry I missed your birthday.” He tells him, his voice wavering as the relief of finally seeing Jasper again was bringing tears to his eyes, as it was too for Jasper.
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  5. “What if it’s Hunter?” Francesca said, and I almost choked on my avocado toast. After he had left for work, I told her everything that was on my mind. And how I realized he’d been distant and cold for a while now. “Excuse me?” I asked. “The Hartford Menace. What if it’s Hunter?” I waited for a second to give her the opportunity to laugh and say she was joking. But her face remained firm. “Let me get this straight. You’re suggesting my boyfriend is a serial killer,” I replied, not sure if I should laugh or be offended. “The murders started out roughly around the same time yo
    11 points
  6. As an ex-cop from a snowy and icy place in winter, please stay home. When you end up in a ditch or an accident due to icy and poor road conditions, it's the police and fire who have to risk their lives to save yours. STAY HOME. Yes, it was my job and the reason I learned how to drive in those conditions, but most people don't know how to, or don't bother with decent snow tires. @Starrynight22 I hope you don't have to sleep at work, but you're should be commended for your dedication and forward thinking.
    10 points
  7. I want a job where I could be as wrong as the weather geeks as often as they are and make as much money as they do!
    9 points
  8. Jared and Thomas found themselves in a very difficult situation. They loved each other, wanted to be together but also had duties to their employer and had to consider the security of their employment. Two days after New Year, Virginia Price spoke to Jared and told him she and her husband were going to the Gold Coast for a week and that he should take the opportunity to have the time off also. After talking to Jared, Thomas confirmed this with her and that gave the two boys a perfect opportunity to spend some time together. They decided to spend the week at Jared’s home, and for that time
    9 points
  9. @MichaelS36can you imagine the results if you made so many mistakes in your old job? I teach children how to handle huge animals. I would be dealing with catastrophic injury and death. You would have that and worse!
    8 points
  10. Chapter Twenty-Five - A Practical Romantic “Join us upstairs?” Adrian offered Christian, but the blond head shook, and a smile as big as the sun followed. “I just got out of that boring affair, so I don’t plan on hanging out with two old men,” Christian replied. Adrian smirked. He knew that Edward’s cousin wanted to give them space to work things out. “What are you going to do?” Christian shrugged. “Maybe go to a bar, start a fight, cool things like that.” “Christian,” Edward said gravely. The young man waved. “No worries. It’s just my first free Sunday in forever
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  11. It just never ends, does it? There will always be idiots. Be more helpful to add bags of kitty litter and salt to the back of his truck. Cinder blocks (the unflying variety) aren't too helpful when you're stuck without traction. Thanks, but there's no need to thank me. I was a cop, still am inside. No, I don't pretend I am but that service oriented thing has always been part of who I am. My husband needed me around more, and he needed the man he'd married, not who I was becoming. So, leaving wasn't really a difficult choice.
    7 points
  12. I missed the wildflower season last year Hopefully things will be back on track in 2021. Assuming everything goes to plan, I should get my jab in April so should be fine for the August start to the season
    7 points
  13. Four years ago today, I took a walk in the woods, and came away with the following macro photograph of some hazel catkins. I'm sure they are there again this year. Unfortunately those woods are further than 5km from home, and the current lockdown rules don't allow me to travel further than that for exercise.
    7 points
  14. I agree, second floor for granddad? Oh wait did they have elevators back then? Perhaps Lucinius could get Dante to get together to see if the boys could get one knocked up. If I read Deacon correctly, he would simply life the old man and carry him to his room, refusing to leave him just in case he were to need anything. Of course they could just move Gramps to the ground floor and get the architect to built a room specially for him. I like how all of the slave seem to be freedmen, even Duccius' man. I hate heading off to work every morning but you do it as you know you need to work to li
    7 points
  15. You're right, of course. Lee was hurt, scared, and in desperate need of something he recognized. In walks Eddie. Certainly, Eddie is a demon of Lee's past, but he's a demon Lee knows. More, he promised Lee more of that little pill that could take away the pain. Something that'd let him hide and avoid the hurt of both the physical and the mental anguish he suffered. But Lee walked away. I do think him limping was a good depiction of his mental state too ... but. He. Did. It. One shuffling step at a time. He did it. Lee is absolutely better for having known Avery and for the quiet power of
    7 points
  16. And how much courage it took Lee to not go back to Eddie. Lee had taken Oxy just a few days earlier, so his addiction was likely reactivated and strong -- and he had no prospects for getting money or medical care, for surviving on his own -- yet he turned his back on Eddie and the drugs. The magic of Camp Refuge worked miracles in both boys. One factors was the two of them shyly and slowly connecting and becoming intertwined as friends, someone their own age they could trust. Very emotional but very satisfying story. You don't shy from making your stories real, and emotionally chal
    7 points
  17. Previously Once everyone was satisfied as to our cleanup efforts we stopped for a light lunch and ate down at the outside fireplace. I had brought down the soap and towels so we could clean up after, as we all were a tad smelly. We waited the obligatory time before we jumped in. All of us having shucked our clothes were walking down to the dock when I scooped up Sam, threw him over my shoulder and went running towards the end of the dock. When I got there, he was screeching pretty loudly. I stopped, set him down on his feet and as he tried to get by me, I gave him a light push on his
    6 points
  18. He has new boys to listen to his stories. He will be reminiscing with Lucinius of the times when Lucinius was a boy. There will be stories to tell and ears to listen.
    6 points
  19. She could make stilts for Thistle to give him more ground clearance
    6 points
  20. Ain't that the truth! Stay safe everyone. The snow, ice, and wind chills are brutal and not to be underestimated.
    6 points
  21. I don't know who to feel more sorry for - you or Thistle... But, maybe if you ask very nicely, perhaps @clochette will knit a waterproof jumper for the poor wee mutt...
    6 points
  22. It's raining. It's been raining. There are sloppy puddles everywhere, on the sidewalks, in the lawns. It's supposed to continue raining intermittently until next Friday. Thistle's ground clearance is 5-6 inches, he can't walk outside with out getting a wet belly and legs. It's a chilly 38/3° and he just had a bath yesterday before it started raining. Oh, and my head aches. Blessed be y'all.
    6 points
  23. Gramps selected the top floor. I'm sure if he has a problem getting there, they would arrange some sort of chair to carry him up. I would't worry about Gramps, remember most men at that time didn't live to be as old as they doing today. at 16 you were a man, under Roman law. It would be strange to have anyone live beyond the age of 50. The average life expentacy was low. Romans could live into their 60's but only about 25 percent of this society lived into the 60's.
    6 points
  24. Lee is hurt badly, mostly from that infection. You're right that Avery would be so upset if Lee didn't make it, or if he loses his leg. But Avery helped so much when he did the right thing and told of his role in getting the drugs. He worked through his fear, and did it. We'll find out if it's enough. Thanks for reading and commenting, Butcher.
    6 points
  25. Oh yeah. Things really hit the fan in this one. It was one that kept hitting too. One thing after another. It wasn't called out by anybody, but I wanted to say something about Bill. Bill is a gentle guy. And when a gentle, kind man is SCREAMING it gets attention. When a man doesn't use that kind of voice and emotion a lot, it's so much more powerful. I know we don't know Bill all that well, but ... yeah. He was so scared and upset for Avery that he lost his mind just a little bit with Greg in the hospital. I love that sentiment. "... a little tail of hope..." I believe you're right.
    6 points
  26. How horrible for your poor Nephew. I'm sorry to hear he has gone through such a thing. Please see the PM I just sent. Sent a PM instead of commenting more here, because PLOT.
    6 points
  27. I know. I'm bad. :-s You got it. I won't reiterate what you said about all the players, because you got it. Mark's kindness in the cafe helped Lee along, and also Greg and Clay too, but really ... it's not about Mark. It's about all those others. I will add this - That moment with Avery, confessing his sin, flinging himself upon that alter of his foster parents' forgiveness ... When you think about that, when you consider that Avery had worked so very hard to never be a burden. To always be unseen and out of the way. How he spent three years scared of being rejected yet again, a
    6 points
  28. “Excuse me, ladies. Are you the group that requested a military escort?” Edrice had approached the three college-aged women, whispering to Ritch to play along. “Cadet Sergeants Edrice King and Richard Peterson reporting for duty.” Ritch was barely able to contain his chuckle. Instead, he straightened his back and squared his shoulders. Ed did say to play along, so he was simply following orders. The smoothness of his new friend’s move impressed Ritch; Cadet Third Class King had game. While chatting at the party on Sunday, Edrice mentioned he and a high school friend were headed to Ki
    6 points
  29. I did no work in the garden today, because of the snow. It's promised to get much milder tomorrow, so hopefully the snow will all melt. Here's a photo I took this afternoon, which shows the progress on clearing the hedge quite well:
    5 points
  30. Nice play of word I had some ham and lardons quiche and a chocolate lava cake
    5 points
  31. Well I made myself a dinner, and I ate it.
    5 points
  32. I have been driving for nearly 40 years. I've been fortunate and have never had been at fault in an accident. I've been hit a couple of times and have walked away unhurt. I've seen pretty much every driving condition. I'm lucky that I haven't had to deal with winter conditions in 10 years. Torrential, sudden downpours? Those suck. The most scared I have ever been was during one of those where I couldn't see the front end of my car and knew there were cars in front and behind me and a 10 foot drainage ditch next to me. Snow, sleet, ice, rain, high winds...all of it is unleashed by nature
    5 points
  33. I recently mentioned a niece of mine who has had horses in her life since she was about ten years old (so for somewhere around forty years). Here's a photo that must have been taken more than twenty years ago of her on one of her favourite horses - the one whose birth I mentioned I was once "forced" to watch on a 3 hour homemade VHS video...
    5 points
  34. Like it??? LIKE IT???????? Are you KIDDING!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! Chapters do NOT come out fast enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!
    5 points
  35. 5000 words....so what? 10,000 would not have been too much here! You've left us thirsting for more - a sign of the great story teller you are!! And, only two more chapters? As has been suggested in the comments, another volume of Camp Refuge or further development of this story would be most welcome! I don't want to leave here just yet! All the comments made so far have covered everything I could have said, but I just want to say that the growth in confidence, faith and trust that both Avery and Lee show in this chapter has been made possible by the very supportive atmosphere of Cam
    5 points
  36. I have issues with Harlan watching Lee walk away if in fact Harlan is as you claim, if he has instinct and sees something worth salvaging in Lee, he should have reached out as Lee was walking away, something simply does not ring true!
    5 points
  37. What an incredible haul from the hunting trip.It's really good to see Dante contributing like he did in this chapter. Okay one concern Grandfather health is failing right?So why put him in a room on the second floor where he has to take the stairs.But I guess it's not a problem because the Grandfather didn't complain. I'm glad that one boy showed them the pillow but I would have thought Lucinius would have figured that out eventually
    5 points
  38. This was a great chapter even with the cliffhanger at the end.. I hope they get Lee to the hospital in time, I think Avery would be very upset if something happens to him. I’m glad that Avery told Anna and Bill that he was the one who got the oxy and he took it of his own and that Lee wasn’t responsible for his being the reaction he had.
    5 points
  39. Watching "Brigerton" on Netflix.
    5 points
  40. Oh, put on notice, I see! Truly, I am asking for a lot of trust. I realize that. I know I'm asking for a lot. Yet, I do think the ends will justify the means. Keep reading along, and let me know how I do. Thanks, Kitt. I'm glad you're taking this one for a spin.
    5 points
  41. You make a good point about Lee and Avery - both of them. Each conquered a terrible demon they'd wrestled with. Avery's lack of self-worth stemmed from previous abuse by his biological family, then rejection by two foster homes. He found it so hard to think he could possibly be loved if he was any sort of bother to those caring for him. And here he is ... confessing something awful. But he did it. Then Lee. Our Broken Boy. Someway, somehow ... he said "NO" to the whisper of the tempter. To his entire old way of life and way of existing. How scary that was. How much strength that had
    5 points
  42. Perfectly said. 😛
    5 points
  43. The local news said tonight we may have 17 inches of snow by Tuesday morning. Thts more than we've had at once in probably 25 years. I've already made plans to take a bag to work because I may sleep in the office Monday. I have zero desire to drive in that and I am essential and must work. No worries all, I have an adult child and my mother who is a homemaker to care for Little One so aside from missing me the 5 yr old won't be harmed by my absence.
    5 points
  44. This was an excellent chapter, but I admit to finding myself in nervous tears. Please don’t give Lee gangrene and make him lose his leg. I have a nephew who had a run-in with a stupid twenty-ish driver who couldn’t seem to figure out whether it was my nephew’s turn to go or his and wound up running over his foot. He wound up losing his leg almost up to his knee. Of course, the idiot didn’t have insurance. It’s been 4 years and P has been through hell including addiction to pain killers, clinical depression, difficulty holding jobs, you name it. I don’t want to see anyone deal with this, e
    5 points
  45. molly you stay safe and warm. we are in the area for Heavy Snow 6-10 inches (15 cm - 25 cm) Sunday thru Tuesday so that is on top of the 12 inches (30.5 cm) we have now. we have stocked up on a few items and have our battery back ups charged up. so stay Safe
    5 points
  46. I am confident Lee will survive. His leg, however . . .
    5 points
  47. Thanks so much, tim. you little monster. 😛 Thanks for reading, and commenting. Brat!
    5 points
  48. Lee didn't quite get hit by a car. He got cut up by the road when he fell as he was getting out of a car's way. Regardless, he tore himself up good! But you're right about the heartbreak. Though, Avery conquered his fear to do the right thing. Greg admitted to himself he was wrong, and went after Lee. Lee found courage and refused to go back to his old life with Eddie. There are things to celebrate. Yes. Let's hope they found him in time. See you next week. And thanks for the comment!
    5 points
  49. True, there is no cure but I have a feeling the treatment process is a major ordeal! 🤣
    5 points
  50. I checked the oats, and it would be at least three weeks before they would be ready for harvest. We now had to prepare the land where we grew the wheat for oats. I still switch the land between oats and wheat. Next year the oats will be harvested first, followed by the wheat. As soon as the ground was ready, we sowed the oats. After the oat harvest, we will prepare the land where we grew the oats for wheat. I laughed to myself as I looked at where we grew our vegetables. We use to have vegetables to sell, and now we eat it all. The cold pit, holds not only our wine but also our vegetables
    5 points
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