Love in the Sand
By Rick Kurtis
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Our last vacation started out to be the worst anniversary to our humdrum marriage, but turned out to be the best, and here’s why. Our lives were destined to be as one, but we were born thousands of miles apart, and made bad decisions that kept us at a distance even after we met. Our lives had been wasted for twenty years, but finally, we became as one. Many struggles continued to plague our lives, but we now had each other, and together we worked through them.
We were married on September 22, 1998, and we fell more in love with each passing day. I can always bring her to tears by playing our wedding song, From This Moment On, by Shania Twain.
Our lives weren’t really drifting apart. It’s just that when I lost my job, my wife worked two jobs in order to help our situation. I finally pulled out of my funk, and her sister helped me to secure a regular eight hour job. The only problem was it turned out to be an afternoon shift, from Wednesday through Sunday. So, with my wife working days and me nights, we had very little quality time, together. We caught up with the bills by keeping busy, and conserving, but yet my new job dealt with people. Before, when I was self-employed, I worked outdoors by myself interacting with no one. My wife, being very insecure, grew worried. Her suspicions escalated, and we became more distant through time.
With this distance, I decided to set some money aside to surprise her with a gift of love. I had everything planned, from plane fare, hotel, and car rental. Right down to what we would sightsee. Mostly we were to get away, to rekindle that old flame, and relax on the beach in Maui, Hawaii.
THE BOOK OF Q
By Rick Kurtis
This book is for a dear friend of mine who wanted to be placed in one of my books in at least two chapters. I decided he was worth a lot more than that, so I made him an entire story about his fantasy life. I hope I have captured his character in the way that he views himself, and he enjoys this book as much as I did writing it.
I would like to take this moment to thank Quinton Van for allowing me the chance to produce a great story.
Thank you, and Happy Reading.
The Plot Begins
Doesn’t this make perfect sense? Kriss Jordan looked out his Vegas hotel window wondering what to do next. He turned and looked at the sweet, innocent girl still asleep on the bed, then looked toward the street to see if anyone looked suspicious.
Who is Kriss Jordan, you ask? Let’s go back to the beginning. Kriss Jordan was conceived on one celebratory Fourth of July in 1989. His birth happened on April 10, 1990 to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Jordan, their fifth child, and he remained to be there last. Being the youngest and having three older brothers, Kriss always tried to keep up and excel in everything that his brothers did. He learned to read at an early age with help from his sister, and being that he was a spring baby, he loved nature and felt quite content on being himself.
After high school, he joined the Air Force, and because of his ability to speed read and retain, he soon moved up to a clerical position working behind a desk. With his high IQ and military background, it didn’t take long before he obtained a job in the FBI building in his home state of Georgia. He often loved barbecuing anything he could think of, and enjoyed swinging a baseball bat in the local park, or listening to R&B with his steady girl. His life seemed quite mundane and average, until this one particular day.
Kriss always woke up like clockwork every day at the same time, even on his weekends. He fed his prized goldfish and had his morning coffee with a croissant while listening to gospel music. On this particular morning, the phone rang before he headed off to take a shower. Kriss answered the phone. “If you have a puzzle to solve, leave a message after the beep. Beep.”
Losing a Loved One
By Rick Kurtis
A story from the Jesus In My Pocket series
It was a sad time for the Bradley household. JoAnn was especially sad because she was real close with her Grandmother. Her Grandmother was in the hospital and JoAnn was too young to visit. “Why can’t I visit Grandma?” JoAnn asked her Mother.
Her Mother sat JoAnn down on her lap to explain. “Well JoAnn, it is the hospital policy. They don’t want you to get sick too. Grandma has a real bad chest cold called pneumonia and even the adults have to be careful and wear masks. When she gets better, they will let her come home or move her to a new room so you can visit her. Now don’t worry and go play.”
I've written a book called Days of Doris. It's the story of my mother, Doris Blystone-Heinreich, and I would love to share it with you. You can read the prologue below and download a free PDF version of the full book by CLICKING HERE .
DAYS OF DORIS
Memories of Doris Blystone
By Rick Kurtis
Angel in the Desert
The desert is a beautiful place to explore but also, it is a very dangerous place if you lose your way. This was found out one day in my mother’s late sixties. She was out venturing in the Nevada desert with her local rock club. She was with her boyfriend, searching for gems, crystals or small stones of particular colors, shapes and sizes.
Her boyfriend said he had to go to the bathroom. He asked if she would be all right by herself. She assured him that she would be fine. She had her jug of water, her umbrella for shade and told him not to worry. He pointed to the mountain, then to the red flag on the car and said to use those as a reference point and always keep them in sight. He pecked her on the cheek and hurried off while she continued to look for rocks.
Being a farm girl from Wisconsin and that she had been on these rock club hikes numerous times, I don’t know where her head was at that day, but yes, she got lost. She couldn’t see the flag of the car or remember which mountain peak that her boyfriend had pointed out. To her, all the mountain peaks looked the same. She walked around and when passing over a few knolls, thinking she was going in the right direction, but still no flag. All of a sudden she heard this awful scream coming from the ground in front of her. Scared, she looked down to see what it was and saw desert tortoise with a jumping cactus stuck on its head, above its eye and another on his front leg. It screamed again while trying to pull its head into a shell.
"What could I do?" she thought, "the poor thing!"