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As The Small Town Turns

October 7, 2010

Chapter Six

— The phone rang. Raquel was hoping it was Buck, confirming their date to go to the square to listen to The Range Riders. She had been thinking about this for days. What was she going to wear? Who would sit with her children? Would Buck offer to let her bring them? After all, it was a very casual date, nothing too romantic , just right for a first date.

Her call waiting feature confirmed it was indeed Buck. As she approached the ringing phone her father’s words again echoed in her mind “Don’t say nothin’girl, not ‘till you got’um interested.” Raquel answered the phone with a casual tone, deciding not to let Buck know that she had call waiting.

Buck sounded relaxed as he spoke. He asked how her father was doing, how her day was at work and even asked after the children. It was one of those phone conversations that go on and on without really having a deep world shattering meaning.

Oh no, the dang doorbell. Raquel agreed that Buck should pick her up around 5:45pm. She would have the folding chairs, he would bring the cooler and blankets.

As Raquel approached the door she could see her best friend Maggie standing there with tears running down her cheeks, wearing that awful melatlic green coat, and those old saggy leggings. “Maggie what on earth is the matter”?

Maggie and Raquel had been friends forever, even before that rat-fink Rock came into Raquel’s life. They had been cheerleaders, math lab partners, and now both single mothers. Her first husband had been killed in a terrible car accident in Biloxi then last year her current husband had lost his job, started to drink more than usual and ran off with the first floozie that came along.

Maggie had recently moved back to her parents home with her three children in tow. Her parents were wonderful to her and the kids, doing all they could to make a bad situation tolorable .

Raquel wanted to tell Maggie about Buck and their upcoming date, but she knew Maggie really needed a shoulder right now. This was not the time to share her glee.

Walter Reed Hospital was not a place that Bobby Tom ever imagined himself to be spending the next months of his life. This was not how his life was supposed to go.

Endless hours of painful rehab. Alone, except for the wonderful Veterans that came to visit. Finally, now that all the red tape, secret clearances, and debriefings were over, he could receive an occasional call from Buck. Buck had sounded so relieved to finally talk to him, telling him all about his new life at home. They talked about fishing, girls, cars, and the Coffee Call. Buck even told Bobby Tom about Raquel and her father.

Buck was just getting the cooler iced down when the phone rang, it was Raquel. She told him about Maggie, that she just couldn’t go to the Square with him. This was just too important. As he listened, he understood completely and said they would try to get together soon.

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    August 7, 2012

  • Epilogue: As the Small Town Turns

    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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