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As The Small Town Turns

November 1, 2010

Chapter 8, As the Small Town Turns

— Rock seethed as he pulled the big Mack truck onto a side road several blocks from Raquel’s place. His tail feathers ruffled, he reached in the cooler for a cold Bud.

“If GI Joe thinks he’s getting’ away with this, he’s insane! I’ll make hash out of that jerk!”

Rock threw his head back, downing another swig. Maybe Raquel needed some of what he was good at dishing out.

“And what better way? I know that house inside and out.”

Rock slid down from the cab and crept silently through the early morning hours to the Traubenkraut duplex. Slipping through the back gate, he eased to a back bedroom window. Sliding his pocketknife under the seal, he jimmied the lock, letting the double window open enough to go through. He’d done it dozens of times before to get to Raquel.

Standing motionless in the middle of the bedroom, Rock’s eyes soon adjusted to the dim light. He noticed the door was shut. Muffled voices came from the front of the house. He figured the commotion woke up Raquel’s parents. They were gettin’ to know big boy with the boots.

Standing over the bed, he realized his boy, Rock Jr., was absent from the room. Little snot had probably peed his bed. Soft snoring drew him to the other bed, where little Roxanne Marie snuggled peacefully with her Raggedy Ann doll. Slipping his arms under her, Rock lifted one of Raquel’s most treasured possessions out of the room and slithered into the night air with Raggedy Ann in tow.

He placed her on the mattress of the sleeper cab, covered her with his Elvis cape and sped toward Lorena’s trailer. Lorena, his mother, worked the night shift at Jerry’s Diner and dayshift sewing for the public. Her latest creation was an outfit for Rock, complete with jewels, which formed an eagle on the back of the cape.

Rock jerked open the pantry and stole Lorena’s peanut butter, light bread, bananas and milk. He grabbed his new Elvis impersonator outfit off the hook and headed for the truck. A soft whimpering came from the sleeper cab.

“Daddy’s here and we’re going on a fun trip!” Rock gave Roxanne Marie a sip of milk and a half banana, sending her back to sleep.

Rock’s heart pounded as he raced out of town. He’d unload his freight in Little Rock and be on to Branson to claim his title as winner of “Worldwide Elvis Impersonator.” He smoothed back his dyed jet-black hair and practiced his one-sided lip smirk in the mirror.

This little two-bit, one-horse town could kiss his sore tail good-bye. Let Miss Raquel and her bodyguard stew in that pot. The title would show ‘em all… Rock Roddenheimer was nobody’s fool.

As he turned on I-65 headed north, Elvis kept him company on the CD.

“ caught in a trap, can’t look back…. I love you too much bay - a- bee!”

 

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    August 7, 2012

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    Editor’s note: The News Courier editorial staff chose Karen Bethea’s epilogue for our original novel. Our runner-up this week was D.K. Hutchins. We would like to thank all of our talented authors who contributed to “As the Small Town Turns” over these weeks. It has been a very enjoyable and satisfying endeavor for The News Courier and we hope it was enjoyable for those who participated. In coming weeks we will publish photos and short biographies on all of our authors whose chapters were chosen for the novel. But whether your chapter was chosen or not we would like to say thank-you to all for being such good sports and getting into the spirit of this project.

    December 20, 2010

  • Chapter 16 As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Chapter 16 of The News Courier original novel, “As the Small Town Turns ...” is written by Karen Bethea. Runners-up are D.T. Hutchins and Cynthia Boris.
    It’s time for a bang-up conclusion for the saga of Raquel and Buck. The novel will conclude Dec. 19 and the only thing that remains is the epilogue.
    If you haven’t sent in a submission, now is the time.
    If you make it exciting enough, we might have to revisit them for a satisfying epilogue. Please see novel rules in this section and we look forward to your conclusion.
     

    December 20, 2010

  • Chapter 15: As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Chapter 15 of The News Courier original novel, As the Small Town Turns, is written by Diane Hutchins. This was a week that brought several fine submissions. Runners up Karen Bethea, Cynthia Boris and Elizabeth Carter are printed in this section. It’s time for a bang-up conclusion for the saga of Raquel and Buck. If you haven’t sent in a submission, now is the time. If you make it exciting enough, we might have to revisit them for a satisfying epilogue. Please see novel rules in this section and we will be looking forward to your thrilling Chapter 16.

    December 20, 2010

  • Chapter 14 ‘As the Small Town Turns’

    Editor’s note: Chapter 14 of The News Courier original novel, “As the Small Town Turns,” is written by Karen Bethea. We had three excellent submissions this week. Runners-up are Harriette Rost and Cynthia Boris. The action has turned wild. With only two more chapters, now is the time to jump in for the big conclusion. If things get too hot, who knows? This saga could live for yet another chapter.

    December 20, 2010

  • Chapter 13: As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Chapter 13 of The News Courier original novel, “As the Small Town Turns,” is written by Cynthia Boris. Our runners-up this week are Karen Bethea and Elizabeth Carter, whose submissions are published in this section. Readers and potential contributors have just three more weeks as we draw the saga of Raquel and Buck to a conclusion with Chapter 16 on Dec. 12. There’s still time to get in on the action.

    December 20, 2010

  • Chapter 12: As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Chapter 12 of “As the Small Town Turns” is written by Bill Hunt. This week’s runner-up submission is by Cynthia Boris. The News Courier is anxiously awaiting Chapter 13 as the story heats up. Please keep sending submissions. Hint: Wouldn’t it be great if somehow Bobby Tom could meet Raquel’s friend, Maggie…? We’re just saying. Please review the rules of the game in this section and get your submission to Karen Middleton by Wednesday.

    November 17, 2010

  • Chapter 11: As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Chapter 11 is written by Harriette Rost. Our single runner-up this week is Cynthia Boris. We continue the story as Rock tries to disguise his abducted daughter Roxanne Marie’s identity as he prepares to go on stage in Branson to compete in an Elvis impersonator contest. The law is involved now. The News Courier staff is excited to see how our readers will come to the toddler’s rescue -–– if it’s not too late. If readers have previously submitted chapters that were not chosen to continue the saga of Raquel and Buck, please do not be discouraged. Hint: Let’s not forget Bobby Tom stuck up in a veterans’ hospital recuperating from wounds. Let’s get him back in the action.

    November 17, 2010

  • Chapter 10, As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: Once again, Cynthia Boris has submitted an excellent chapter to As the Small Town Turns. We received no other submissions last week, so there are no runners-up. However, we welcome your Chapter 11 submissions, so please review the novel rules in this section. We continue the story as Rock speeds toward Branson with his abducted 2-year-old daughter Roxanne Marie. As The News Courier looks forward to drawing the novel to a conclusion by the end of the year, please jump in and help us resolve this cliffhanger.

    November 1, 2010

  • Chapter 9, As the Small Town Turns

    Editor’s note: The Chapter 9 submission chosen for The News Courier original novel, “As the Small Town Turns,” was written by Cynthia Boris. As readers will remember, from Chapter 8, Raquel’s ex-husband, Rock Roddenheimer, abducted their daughter, Roxanne Marie, from her bed in revenge for having been thrown out of the house and humiliated by Raquel’s new friend, Buck. Now, as Rock speeds toward Branson in his 18-wheeler, the gravity of his rash actions begins to soak in, and back in the small town, Raquel is devastated to learn that her daughter is missing. Other excellent chapters were submitted by Karen Mastich and Carol Schwarzenbach, which are printed in this section along with rules for submitting Chapter 10.

    November 1, 2010

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