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As The Small Town Turns

December 20, 2010

Chapter 13: As the Small Town Turns

— By Cynthia Boris

Guest writer

Maggie was sitting in the hospital waiting room, sipping her coffee and idling watching Entertainment Tonight on TV. Her mind drifted back to happier times when she and the kids were putting fresh sheets on the mattress, the Christmas turkey was cooking in the oven, their dog Sugar was barking at the baby strollers going by the house. Slowly, though, Maggie came out of her reverie and she began to listen to the news reporter on TV.

“This just in: Tomorrow, we have a live interview with the youngest little Elvis impersonator ever. Winner of this year’s Elvis Worldwide Impersonator Contest in Branson. That’s right, a little guy named RJ Roddenheimer is this year’s winner!”

Maggie’s coffee cup hit the floor. There on TV was the Rock, holding Roxy on his left shoulder, a check and a trophy in his right hand, and the biggest smile ever on Rock’s pockmarked face, reveling in his 15 minutes of fame. All Maggie could hear was “thank you, thank you very much” as she ran down the hallway toward Raquel’s room.

Watching the same show across town was no other than Bobby Tom. “Holy cow, what’s going on here?”

Not sure who to call first, he decided on Buck. Bobby Tom had only been discharged a few hours earlier from the Veteran’s Hospital, and he had a feeling his Mom was once again not telling him something that she thought might upset him.

Grabbing a jacket on the way out the door, Bobby Tom yelled “Be back after while. Got to go find Buck.”

Fifteen minutes later, Bobby Tom was talking to Buck, standing by the helicopter landing pad downhill from the Wellness Center where he was waiting on Sheriff Blinky to pick him up. Bobby Tom told Buck about seeing Rock and Roxy on TV at the Stardust Theatre.

“Do me a favor, Bobby Tom. Stay here and keep an eye on Raquel for me. She’s in room 302 across the street. I don’t know how much more she can take.”

Bobby Tom nodded, but he couldn’t help saying “Who’s going be keeping an eye on you?”

“Don’t be worrying about me. If you want to be worrying about somebody, you can worry about Mr. Rock ‘n Roller. Roxy better not have a hair out of place when Sheriff Blinky and I find her.”

Just then, a helicopter began lowering to the ground. After knocking out a few details with the pilot, Buck was off to Branson. Bobby Tom headed on over to Raquel’s room.

In the meantime, Rock a-k-a Elvis was beginning to enjoy his time in the spotlight. The first place winner automatically got a gig in Vegas. He imagined when he performed there, drawers would be flying to the stage from everywhere. Looking down, he saw one lady standing on tiptoes to hand him her business card, claiming to be Las Vegas’ No. 1 talent agency.

Looking sideways, Rock began to notice a couple of Branson’s finest working their way through the crowds towards the middle of the stage. Quickly, Rock began edging towards the back door with little Roxy still perched on his shoulders. It wouldn’t take long for the cops to figure out that Elvis had left the building.


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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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