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by Simon Toews
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

The office was a wreck. Furniture toppled over, shelves and bottles shattered in a pool of exorbitantly expensive booze on the floor, and what Simon was certain was a very expensive coffee table broken into a million pieces. He held a rag up to his face, the bleeding mostly stopped, but the ache lin...
by Simon Toews
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Content Warning: Mature Rating 18+ OOC/Disclaimer
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Content Warning: Mature Rating 18+ OOC/Disclaimer

Sorry for the hiatus. I had a death in the family and have been reworking the ending. I'll update as soon as I can! We're in the home stretch now.
by Simon Toews
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

The city seemed so much bigger and louder now. The quiet of the ranch was peaceful, only broken by the happy sounds of those with whom he shared it. It felt faster, more alive here. But, he noted, it also felt angrier, dirtier. The rot of this place was deeply ingrained in the city’s being, causing ...
by Simon Toews
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Simon rose up in front of the bathroom mirror, water dripping from his face. The beard was gone. He barely recognized the face looking back anymore. He’d finished packing minutes before, deciding that he really needed to up his wardrobe. Almost every stitch of clothing the man owned was in one bag. ...
by Simon Toews
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

(Thanks to Tahlia for her help with this one!) Snow blanketed the entire area in a sheet of frosty white. Night was falling and the moon cast its glow over the widespread landscape. Aside from the barely plowed roads, there were no signs of civilization out here, the nearest town several miles back...
by Simon Toews
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Steinman was a skinny, jittery wisp of a man. Narrow shoulders and long limbs combined with the gaunt cheeks and sunken eyes giving him the appearance of a cancer patient on his last days. Years of drug abuse had reduced him to a shell of a man, his hair thin and in dire need of a wash. David Steima...
by Simon Toews
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Sunlight shone in through the windows of Anna's house, stirring Simon from the first good night's sleep he'd had in what felt like years. He rolled onto his back and rubbed his eyes, noticing just then that the other side of the bed was warm. More than that, it was the scent. A mixture somewhat like...
by Simon Toews
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Anna stepped into the stables, finding Simon already hard at work. A brush was in his hand as he groomed one of her horses. The man never ceased to amaze. She tugged her brown suede, wool-lined coat shut and crossed her arms watching him, a crooked smile on her face. "Well. Look at you." She said. S...
by Simon Toews
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Simon stared at Anna, heartbroken for her but also for himself. They had a son. Somewhere out there was a boy he'd never known. His flesh and blood. It took a moment to process. Anna wiped her eyes with the back of her hand, pushing away the tears that streamed down her cheeks. She ran her fingers t...
by Simon Toews
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

The house was as warm and welcoming as he'd imagined. The sounds of people going about their tasks filled the air. The scent of a warm meal wafting out from the kitchen. All over were pictures of kids and adults alike. In all of them, Anna stood with them, that warm, gentle smile on her face. "Take ...
by Simon Toews
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Once again, the grey dreariness of the city was in his rearview, SImon behind the wheel of a rented Ford sedan. He expected there to be a weight lifted, like the last time when he met Kate, Virgil and Millie. He was running again...but this time there was no relief. This time, he was headed for some...
by Simon Toews
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

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Mulcahy was hard at work, preparing coffee for his guest. Simon sat at the old table, looking around and remembering. He could see the spot where Falk’s goon had thrown him and knocked him out. There was a gouge in the wood where he’d connected and, for a moment, that pain felt fresh. He shut his ey...
by Simon Toews
Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

Winter was in full effect, blanketing the city in sheets of white, a chill moving through the air even in the sunlight. Simon pulled his peacoat closed as he stepped outside, his breath visible as he exhaled. Falk taking down Orion Investigations was a warning. Once again, the people in his life wer...
by Simon Toews
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

They spent the day in museums, shops, and seeing the sights. They visited sights Simon had told her about over the intervening months. Anna took it all in with wide-eyed wonder, learning just how big and storied the world around them truly was. Through it all, it became clear that she just wanted t...
by Simon Toews
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Born Unto Trouble
Topic: Chapter Four: Ghosts
Replies: 80
Views: 1806

Re: Chapter Four: Ghosts

The door to a room at the Deckard Discount Motel creaked open, Simon stepping in with a bag full full of medical supplies from the drugstore and his duffle strapped over a shoulder. He limped in, setting the bags down on the bed and headed into the bathroom, turning on the shower. He turned and look...

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