A Bit of Zen (Samples)

The Surprise

I never thought I’d know how it felt to have the wind knocked out of my sails.  Today, I had that feeling over and over again.  It was as if a butterfly was dancing nervously inside my stomach, taking its cue from my mind’s chatter.  The sensation made me so uneasy and weakened that I was certain I could not go on.  The surprise had crept up so suddenly and changed my life so dramatically that I couldn’t imagine another path to my once one-dimensional life.

 Read this story in its entirety in Ann’s debut collection of short stories.  Check back soon for details.

Alabama Summer

Eating honeysuckle from the vine which straddled the iron fence in my grandma’s backyard was my favorite part of summer.  I decided, as I plucked the nectar from the marigold yellow stem, that today would be a wonderful day to tackle the big hill.

The sun beamed down and warmed my now medium-brown tanned legs as I strolled to my green super deluxe bike (an old-fashioned bus so the other kids said).  I yelled to Tony, “are you going too?”  He replied, “yep” and jumped onto his yellow ten-speed by throwing one leg wildly over the bike’s bar.  We rode off.  The wind whipped at our face and as we played a game of zig zag through the street, Tony’s shirt billowed in the wind.  I was excited about finally going down the big hill.  That is, until I reached the top of the hill and surveyed my journey to the hill’s looming end.

Read this story in its entirety in Ann’s debut collection of short stories.  Check back soon for details.

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