Girl, Forest, Enchanted, Young, Magic


Helplessness    (chapter 1)

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4….

The night I found Deanna standing by the building, her and Amber had gone to the grocery store and on the way home, Amber thought someone was following them.

She drove around a couple of miles to make sure and the vehicle was no longer in sight, so she went home.

The garage door opened and after turning off the motor, her and Deanna got out and began to take the groceries in the apartment.

She had given Deanna her purse to carry and Amber followed her in with a few bags of groceries.

When Amber turned around to get more groceries she saw a man coming toward her from the garage.

She quickly slammed the door shut and tried to lock it, but the lock was broken.  There wasn’t enough time to escape so she told Deanna to run with her purse and get out the back door.

Deanna did not understand what was happening, but she knew her mother was frightened.

Amber told her to run, and to remember what she told her to do.

Deanna raced down the hall to the front door, opened it and ran out.  She went to a neighbor’s, knocked on the door, but no one answered.

It had gotten dark and she was cold and scared.  She ran to another section of apartments and saw someone walking, but they disappeared around the corner before she reached them.

She stopped to catch her breath and remembered to pull out her mom’s check book like she had been told and tore out one of the checks.  Then, started running again, dropped the purse and stopped at another building, leaning against it and when she looked up she saw me come around the corner.

Deanna shyly extended her hand and handed me the check she had torn out of her mom’s check book.

To be continued…



Girl, Forest, Enchanted, Young, Magic


Helplessness    (chapter 1)

Chapter 2

Chapter 3……

I learned the child’s name is Deanna and her mother’s name, Amber.

Amber asked that I meet her at Joe’s Coffee Cafe so she could talk with me in person. She said to look for the woman in the blue blouse.

When I arrived at the cafe there was a tall woman with very short, black hair standing just inside the cafe.  She wore a blue blouse, so I introduced myself to her, but she said her name was not Amber.

I turned away and saw the most beautiful woman I have ever seen walk in the cafe.  Her hair was long and auburn in color and she wore a blue blouse and black slacks.

My heart skipped a beat and my mind was saying, “I sure hope that is Amber!”

I asked her name, she smiled and said in a very soft voice, “Amber.”

Then, my heart skipped many beats!

Amber and I sat in a booth by a window with a view of the lake.  There were a lot of ducks and a few swans gliding across the water and she remarked of how beautiful they looked .

She said the swans always reminded her of peace and tranquility. Quite often she would sit on a bench and just watch them for a long time and those were the moments she treasured.

I asked her how she was feeling.

She looked down as she spoke and said there were no more therapy appointments scheduled.

The doctor released her , but  she needed a follow-up visit within a couple of weeks.  Her arms were still sore and the bone in her hand needed to stay in the cast for a few more weeks.

I could see bruises on her neck, but they were fading.

She did not see who attacked her because they had a mask on and she had no time to look as he was beating her while she struggled to get away.

She expressed her appreciation for my helping her daughter and said her daughter told her about my taking the piece of paper as she handed it to me.

She told me her daughter’s name is Deanna and her only child. Her father died in  an automobile accident when she was three years old.

They moved in with her boyfriend several months ago, but things did not work out so they moved out last month.

His name is Roger and he could not accept the fact that she no longer wanted to live with him, or even be his friend.  So, he stalked her.

She notified the police, but they could not do anything.  They just had her file a restraining order against him.

To be continued..

Copyright © 2017 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved






Girl, Forest, Enchanted, Young, Magic


Chapter 1



Chapter 2


I stood by the small child with the beautiful blue eyes while we waited for the police to arrive.

I placed my coat around her shivering body.

The only thing she had with her was the torn check with an address on it.

She stood silently and did not answer when I asked her to tell me her name.

I pondered  why this small child was alone in the dark by herself.

When the police arrived they requested I go with them to the police station.  They questioned me after a police woman took the child into another room. I had no information to give them, only the fact that I found her alone standing next to the building.

I saw Kevin, a detective I knew who was working that night and spoke with him briefly.

A few days later Kevin told me the police found the child’s mother on the floor of her apartment.  Someone had severely beaten her.

The child’s aunt was given custody of her until the child’s mother could be released from the hospital.

A few weeks passed when Kevin told me the child’s mother wanted to meet me personally so she could thank me for helping her daughter.

Chapter 3 to be posted next week.






“Wesley and Rob are fighting again,” David said.

“That’s nothing new, but I believe I have a solution to this particular kind of argument,” Carolyn remarked.

“Rob, Wesley, your mom wants to talk to you.”

“I know there is only one piece of cake, but you will just have to share it.”

“But, mom, Rob usually gets the biggest piece!”

“Not this time because one of you will cut the piece of cake in two pieces and the one who cuts, must let the other one choose his piece first.”

Copyright © 2017 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Week of 01-31 through 02-06-2017

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Jessica Haines. Thank you Jessica for our photo prompt


“Bernard, here comes that kid walking back here again,”  Albert remarked.

“You stay in the van and I will grab him,” Bernard said.

Alex walked with his head down, feeling disappointed that his friend, Johnny, forgot to meet him so they could walk to the store together.

When he looked up there was a man running toward him.

He remembered his mom telling him to never walk behind the stores, especially if he was alone and he knew he was in trouble.

He heard Johnny shouting and turned in time to see Johnny’s dog, Bullet race toward the man.

Bullet knocked the man down and stood over him showing his teeth and growling.

The man in the van drove away quickly, and Alex ran to one of the stores and banged on the door seeking help.

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Copyright © 2017 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved