The rude knocks on the trailer door woke Lorena from a dead sleep. She staggered to the door and threw it open in the face of a burly man with a pot gut wearing a coffee stained T-shirt.
“You Rock’s kin?” demanded the man in a gravely voice.
“Yeah, what of it?”
“Where is he? Better yet, where’s his rig?” he growled. “I’m picking it up. He’s three months behind on payments.”
“I have no idea,” snarled Lorena, still irate and groggy. She slammed the thin door in the man’s face, throwing the bolt. She turned and noticed Rock’s new Elvis costume was gone from its hook.
“You’ll never find the truck in Branson,” she mumbled.
Sheriff Binky stood in the Traubenkraut’s yard with Buck as the EMTs pushed the stretcher to the ambulance. Raquel’s face was pale as the blood from the ugly gash on her head seeped through the bandage.
“Try not to worry, baby. I promise we’ll find her,” Buck whispered in her ear. She never opened her eyes.
Fingerprinting experts were busy in the bedroom with reporters and photographers from the News Carrier snapping photos all over the house. The sheriff and his investigators soon determined the intruder’s entrance into little Roxanne’s bedroom. An oil leak from a lawn mower near the window revealed the source of greasy footprints, in and out of the house.
“I’ve got my copter at Pryor Field right now, standing on ready,” the sheriff said to Buck. “The Amber Alert went out and will make people aware the little girl is missing. If Rock took her, he can’t get far in that big rig. Want to ride along or go with the lady?”
Tires skidded to a dead stop in the drive as Maggie bolted for the ambulance. Before the doors closed, she hopped aboard, saying she was Raquel’s closest friend. Her neighbor, a dispatcher from the Sheriff’s Department had phoned Maggie.
Torn for a minute, Buck was relieved to see Maggie.
“Looks like she’s in good hands, Sheriff, I’ll ride with you, if you don’t mind.”
- As The Small Town Turns
- Church Bulletin 8/7/12
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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