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This week’s words are: proper, brand, husband, pigeon, offend. Here we go!

Let’s see what happened to Molly #whereismolly

Willie stared at the piece of paper. She hadn’t left a proper note, but then again, nothing about Molly had been proper. She lived her own life, didn’t mind if she offended and answered to no one.

He read the note again.

If you’re looking for me, don’t bother, husband. I’ve gone to Florida. You won’t find me and I’m not lost.

She might not be lost and might had intended to go off on an adventure, but the frantic phone call he’d received and the panic in her voice told him something had happened. He spotted a pack of cigarettes with a pigeon icon on the front. Back in the day, she smoked, but not in the last ten years. Besides, this wasn’t her brand.

Damn it. The battery in his phone would last much longer if he kept staring at the note.

The last words from her phone call echoed in his ears.

I need your help. He…you know…please…Willie…

That kind of panic couldn’t be faked. She’d been scared witless. He decided then and there, he’d find her. No matter what.

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This week’s words are: increase, retire, dairy, hiccup, verdict. I’ve got them below and Willie’s back. #whereismolly

Willie dug the tin from the earth. He swore he felt his blood pressure increase as he swiped the dirt away. He’d said he’d retire. Said he’d be done by now. Then Molly…

He held the tin, but dropped to his knees. “Molly?” He opened the tin and the contents of his stomach lurched. Damn. He wished he hadn’t had dairy before coming out on this search. He hated the taste of milk the second time around.

His flashlight flickered and rain trickled down his face. He held the tin in one hand and the flashlight in the other. “Work, damn you.” He whacked the flashlight on his thigh, hoping the dwindling light was a mere hiccup and not the end of the battery life.

The light faded and dowsed, leaving him in the dark of the rainy night. He shoved the defunct flashlight into his jacket pocket and focused on the tin. He wiped the dirt from the lid and picked at the edge. The tin would give him answers. It had to–not that it could talk. He worked the tin open, then fumbled in his other pocket for his phone. There was a flashlight on the device. He’d probably ruin the phone in the rain, but he needed the light.

“And the verdict is…” he mumbled. He swiped until he turned on the flashlight and looked in the tin. “Molly, don’t do this to me now.” He stared at the piece of paper. Not the answer he wanted. Damn.

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This weeks’ words are: long, tin, party, witch, earthquake. Here we go!

Willie hated the dark. Always had. Bad things happened in the dark. Maybe it stemmed from his childhood trauma with the earthquake. The house shifted and moved in the middle of the night. When he woke, he realized he teetered on his bed, which would’ve ended up in the basement–had he moved the wrong way. Ever since, he hated long, dark nights and the uncertainty of being in the dark.

At least there weren’t any earthquakes expected tonight. But damn. This search party of one wasn’t his best idea. He should’ve asked for help, but Molly needed him–earthquake, dark night, or not.

It wasn’t exactly warm, either. Colder than a witch’s elbow, his grandmother would say. But his grandmother hadn’t met Molly.

Where was she?

He spotted something shiny, then kicked at the object. The tin. Holy hell. He’d found her.

“Molly?” He opened the tin and held his breath. If she wanted to see him, then she’d show. If not, he’d be screwed.

A figure appeared in the distance. He exhaled and dropped the dying flashlight.

“Molly.”

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Here are this week’s words: Hell, railroad, chief, abridge, past. Let’s see how this goes!

The road to hell had to be not a road, but a railroad. Willie swore up and down the scariest way to get to hell had to be a railroad in the dark. It never ended and always led not only to the future, but the past. He’d never be able to forget the mistakes he’d made as a teen, but why forget when those mistakes taught him lessons? He continued along the darkened railway line with his flashlight as his only source of illumination. This was how scary movies started. A man alone in the railroad tracks in the dark. How much longer until the batteries in his flashlight gave out? He had no idea. But he was sure if he kept looking, he could abridge the search for Molly. His chief purpose was to find her. He couldn’t go home until he did.

“Molly?”

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Sid scrolled through the menu on his phone and tapped one of items listed with his index finger. “Did you want me to suggest something or just order for both of us?” He still couldn’t believe he’d met up with Mac for dinner. Maybe the get together wasn’t much to Mac, but it was everything to Sid. He wanted this chance to hang out outside of the school setting.

Mac settled beside him on the sofa. “I’m not opposed to you ordering for the both of us.” He angled on the cushion to face Sid. “I’ll eat pretty much anything.”

“Are you sure?” He pointed to the pizza toppings. “What about mushrooms, onions, green peppers and pepperoni?” He wanted this evening to be perfect.

“It’s fine.” Mac took the phone from him. “I don’t care what we eat. All that matters is you and me being here tonight.”

Sid stared into Mac’s eyes. “I have a question for you, but I’m afraid to ask.”

“I’ll do my best to answer, but it depends on what you ask me.” Mac grinned. “Go for it.”

“I…” He forgot for a moment what he wanted to say. He had Mac there in his apartment, close enough to touch and kiss, yet he’d lost his nerve. Shoot. If he didn’t speak up now, he’d never do it. “You like me?”

“Is that a question or statement?” Mac laced his fingers with Sid’s. “If it’s a statement, then it’s true. If it’s a question, then yes, I do. You’ve made a mark on my heart. I like you very much and I’m glad we’re here tonight.”

“Mac?” He could’ve sworn he heard Mac say he liked him.

“Stop thinking so hard and come here.” Mac tugged him close and kissed him.

Sid’s synapses misfired and he closed his eyes. The moment he’d waited, longed and prayed for had arrived. Mac’s kiss was better than he’d imagined. He’d gotten his wish.

Mac stayed close, but broke the kiss first. “Does that answer your question better?”

“It does.” He barely recognized his voice, being so low. “I like you, too.”

“Then there we go.” Mac curled his fingers under Sid’s chin. “Here’s to the first day of the rest of our lives–together.”

“Here, here.” Sid brushed his nose along Mac’s and sighed. He’d gotten what he wanted. Despite the requirements for the staff meeting dinner, problems with his lack of mechanical skills and the rest of the problems, he’d forged a connection with Mac. He couldn’t wait to see where their relationship would go and have his happy ever after.

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ego, pier, freight, pace, solo

Kaz, one of the custodians, knocked on the door, jarring Mac from the tender moment. Kaz fluttered a piece of paper. “I’ve got your order, Sid. Here’s the packing slip.” He shoved the page into Sid’s hands. “Got a new haircut?”

“I did.” Sid accepted the paper. “Which order is this?”

Mac sat on the first student desk. Kaz was a great person and so helpful, but the man had awful timing.

“The new textbook order. Got them all this morning. Big ole freight order. Too me three hours on the pier to go through it and separate them. Had to do it solo, too.” Kaz shook his head. “Teddy’s out sick and they sent Nick to the elementary building for the day. Let me shorthanded, but I wanted you all to get the books in time.”

“I see.” Sid sighed. “Are the books on the dolly?”

“You’ve got ten boxes, so it’ll take two trips,” Kaz said. “I hear you’ve got until Monday to get them numbered according to the system and logged into the spreadsheets.”

“I’ll help him.” Mac hadn’t ordered or been given the orders to buy new text books. “Won’t take long.”

“Then here you go.” Kaz brought in the first dolly of books, left the boxes on the floor, then returned with the second stack. “Good luck.”

“Thanks.” Sid waved.

Mac said nothing. He wanted Kaz to go. Every time he tried to say something to Sid and make some progress, something got in the way. The meeting, the planning, people walking in. It seemed sometimes like the cosmos didn’t want Mac to make time with Sid.

“Well…” Sid’s shoulders sagged and he stared at Mac. “You’re really going to help me?”

“Of course. If one of us writes the numbers and the other records, we should get them done in a timely manner. If we pace ourselves, we should get this knocked out in an hour and a half.” Mac took the clipboard from on top of the second stack of boxes. “Ready?”

“Sure.” Sid grabbed a pencil. “I’ll start in something we can erase–in the event I make a mistake.”

“You won’t.” Sid might not be mechanically inclined, but he was meticulous in his record keeping. Mac had seen that firsthand. “Ready?”

“You’re going to inflate my ego by saying such things.” Sid blushed. “I’m ready.”

“Okay…” Mac looked over the sheets. “We start with A-100 in box A. Where’s box A? The bottom?”

“Um…” Sid rounded the desk and bumped into Mac. “Sorry.” He tapped the packing labels on each box. “It’s on top.”

“Don’t be sorry.” Mac paused. He had to say this now. “I meant what I said. I’d like to go on a date with you.”

“You would?” Sid dropped the pencil. “Mac?”

“I would. How about you get your bank run finished? I’ll organize this so when you come back, all we have to do is write numbers. Then we can go for coffee and have a date?”

Sid picked up the pencil and grinned. “I’d like that.”

“Then get going,” Mac said. “The faster you get back, the faster we get this done, but don’t rush. I’ll still be here.”

“I will.”

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Here’s my contribution:

Mac strolled down to Sid’s classroom. Mac had had one heck of a day. In his eight years of teaching, he’d never had a student steal art supplies before, let alone go full rebel and use the India ink to tattoo himself. The art wasn’t the calligraphy project Mac had in mind for his students. Once he’d caught the student with the ink and fresh artwork, he spent the remainder of the afternoon in the office. The student had been reprimanded, but so had he for not paying attention. He groaned. He’d counted the bottles, but noticed one student tossing a bottle. He should’ve gone back to retrieve the bottle to ensure it was empty, but he hadn’t been duped like this before.

Right now, he needed to see his friend and talk about anything except students.

He turned the corner to Sid’s hallway and spotted Sid just outside of his classroom. “Sid?”

Sid paused, then looked up and smiled. “Hi. I thought you’d still be in the office.” He wore a baseball cap, which wasn’t like him at all.

“Word travels fast, doesn’t it?” He joined Sid at his classroom. “Leaving?”

“No, just returned.” Sid unlocked the classroom door. “I was part of the group that took the sophomores to the vocational school.” He left the hat on and the lights off. “I’m back to collect my things.”

“You got that gig this year?” He sat on the desk directly in front of Sid’s and rested his elbows on his knees. “Are you okay? You look…tense.”

Sid sank onto his chair and fiddled with the papers before him. “I’m….it’s not as bad as it could be.”

“What?” His heart skipped a beat. He hoped Sid wasn’t going to tell him he had a boyfriend. They’d become too close and he wasn’t ready for Sid to be with someone else.

“I got a haircut yesterday. Went to the salon on 8th Street and the cut looked okay when the stylist did it last night, but after I washed it this morning and tried to comb it the way she did, it just looks awful. Everyone stared at me and I felt so foolish I went home to get my hat.” Sid bowed his head. “I don’t want to go to the bank to cash my check tonight and I really don’t want to attend the teachers’ meeting at seven. I look ridiculous.”

“I’m sure it’s not that bad.” He doubted Sid could look ridiculous, even if he’d dyed his hair pink. “It’s just you and me. I won’t laugh.”

“Promise?”

“Would I lie to you?” He hadn’t yet and didn’t plan to.

“This feels like using the trapeze without a net.” Sid removed his hat. “Well? It’s probably flat right now.”

“It is.” Mac left the desk and rounded Sid’s. He held out his hand, then paused. “May I?”

“You’re going to fix it? Sure. You can’t do any more damage than I did.”

Mac ruffled his fingers through Sid’s hair. The cut wasn’t bad, but it was meant to be worn as a pompadour. With a little more lift, Sid would be a knockout. Mac stepped back to look at Sid. “Wow.”

“I knew it was that bad.” Sid covered his face with his hand and groaned. “I never should’ve tried something new. I wouldn’t be offended if you didn’t want to ride along with me to the meeting tonight.”

Mac shut the classroom door, giving him and Sid some privacy. “I never said it was bad.” He knelt in front of Sid. He wanted this moment to be private. “You look great and I like it. I’d be honored to go with you to the bank or the meeting or wherever because you’re a good man and that haircut actually suits you–much as you don’t believe it.”

Sid’s lips parted and he stared at Mac.

Oh crap. He’d put his heart on the line. He hadn’t done that since Jamie. But he couldn’t gauge Sid’s response. Happy? Shocked? Upset? “Sid?”

Before Sid could answer, the someone knocked on the classroom door.

So much for a tender, but completely innocent moment…

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I got a little behind this week, so it took me a bit to get back to Sid and Mac. But, I did. Here’s the next installment of their story. Sid is so nervous. Hopefully things start working out for him. As for now, the words are Sit, portion, fiber, inflate, beef. Enjoy!

Sid stared at the menu for the teachers’ meeting. He hadn’t expected having someone cater the event would cause the prices to inflate so much. It shouldn’t be so expensive to have roast beef sandwiches and salads for the meeting. Twenty dollars per portion seemed rather expensive, especially since the most plentiful thing on the menu was bread. At least the salad provided some fiber to balance the meal.

Mac joined him in the lounge. “I hear you’re working on the menu.”

“I was.” Sid rubbed his forehead. “I don’t know how to make this work. I was told to use this catering service, but the prices are outrageous.”

“Mind if I sit and look at it?” Mac pulled the chair out next to him. “Have you tried this company yet?”

“What do you mean?” He liked having Mac so close. After the night he’d helped Sid put the shelf up, he’d been able to talk to Mac more. He liked his company and clear-eyed view on things. He also rather appreciated the scent of his cologne, too. Heat sizzled in his veins. If Mac happened to brush his arm, Sid might combust.

“Well, you can usually do taste tests ahead of time. If this group won’t let you, even with small portions, then that’s a red flag. If the powers that be told you to use this one, too, then that’s one as well.” Mac looked over the flier and website on Sid’s tablet. “I get why they wanted you to use this one.” He snorted. “It’s the superintendent’s wife’s company. You’d think we’d get a price break.”

“I had no idea.” The tips of his ears turned red. “I guess I’m mucking this up, too.”

“Nah.” Mac grinned. “They know you’re still new at this. I’ve been at the school for four years. This is your first and since you’ve volunteered to help, they’ll pile you with extra work.”

“Yeah.” He folded his hands on his lap. “They know they’ve got a sucker, eh?”

“Someone has to handle these details and they don’t want to, so it’s up to you.” Mac elbowed him. “But you’ve got me, so we’ll figure this out and make it awesome. They’ll see you’ve made it awesome and appreciate you. I know I do.”

Sid pressed his lips together to keep from gawking. Mac appreciated him? He’d touched him, too. Holy cow. He so needed to wind up his courage and ask Mac out. Soon.

“Ready to tackle this menu and catering issue?” Mac asked.

“Sure.” They’d hit it out of the park and maybe he’d get a date out of this, too. One could only hope.

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This week’s words are X-ray, fire, style, fate, wire. Here we go.

He should’ve known the hand of fate would swat at him, cat-like that evening. He should’ve known that wire wouldn’t be something simple or unattached. But he’d grabbed it–just his style. He saw the wire, thought it was a vine and pulled. Was it unattached? No. The stupid wire HAD to be part of the cable lines and tangled up with other wires. What did he know about wires? What did he know about electricity? Or projectile objects… The wire moved, the sparks shot out of the empty socket, then the rake flew in the explosion and all of the sudden, his lights went out.

He sat on the gurney and groaned. Not only had the house caught fire from him yanking that wire, but now he needed an X-ray. He’d managed to impale himself with the heavy tines of the garden rake. The cable wire had been tangled up with a fallen electrical wire and now he had no house, a bloodied leg and no insurance.

Go figure.

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It’s time for the Friday Five writing prompt. This week’s words are: impound, partner, lip, knowledge and full.

Who knew I’d meet the man of my dreams and all because I wanted to get plump lips? Okay, so it sounds strange. I mean, plump lips? I might sound vain. I am, a little. I wanted to look good.

I went to the clinic because I’d heard the doctor had a great formula for full, luscious lips. All you had to do was set an appointment and show up, then he’d do the rest. There wasn’t a lot of information on what the doctor did, so I didn’t have a lot of knowledge, but I had drive. I know, you’re probably thinking this should’ve been a red flag. It was, but it wasn’t. I wanted that look so bad that I ignored common sense.

So I got there and parked, then went into the clinic. The doctor wasn’t there, but his partner was. Dr. Skolnick looked at me and asked what I was doing there. He said there was nothing wrong with me and I didn’t need filler. The more he talked to me, the more I kind of liked it. He wasn’t condescending, but honest. He managed to convince me not to get the enhancement.

When I left the office, the car next to mine had a boot on it and the police officer stood beside the fender. I asked him what was going on and was I about to be impounded, too?

When the cop met my gaze, I knew exactly who he was–Del Navarre, the guy I’d crushed on in college. He smiled. “Miss Dixie McClain, what are you doing here?’

“I thought I’d get a filler, but the doctor talked me out of it. I’m glad he did.” If he hadn’t, I ‘d still be inside and not out here talking to Del. “Why are you impounding that car?”

“I can’t discuss an open case, but suffice it to say you’re smart for leaving the clinic. Not everything is above board.” Del sighed. “I need to take care of this, but would you want to meet for coffee later?” He offered her his card. “Call me?”

“You bet I will.” I couldn’t believe it. He’d given me his number.

“I wanted to ask you out back in college, but you seemed so shy.” He winked. “Call me.”

“I will.” I climbed behind the wheel of my car and left. My heart lightened. I managed not to get my car impounded, not to get injections from a doctor who didn’t appear to be doing something legal and reconnected with Del. Life has it’s quirks, but I appreciate them.

Oh, did I mention, Del and I have been dating now for a year? It really was our second chance love!