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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Questions and Concerns

 

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     Although this fiction blog is illustrated with photos of dolls, and dollhouse miniatures, the language and content of the storyline is intended for an adult audience.  Please be advised.


Thank You,

The Author

   
At Maureen's request, Beckett does a "wellness check" on "Fr. Kevin"

   Believe her?  Not likely.  Even if he could buy into the theory that the equations pin pointed certain spots around the world, it was a far stretch to imagine that one could time travel from these locations.  Still, if you had asked him a week ago if he believed time travel was even possible, he'd have laughed over the absurdity, and never given it another thought.  But his very real presence, here and now, in 1849, with his stomach churning like a broken garbage disposal unit, was proof positive that the reality he thought he once knew, was actually full of cosmic jokes.

    The woman's face held such hope, he couldn't find it in his heart to smother her optimism.  It was Roxie somewhere in that strange body, and this time, he'd show her the support and friendship he'd lacked when they were kids.  Kevin worked at pushing his lips together in some type of false bravado smile.  "Sure, Rox.  I believe you.  So how do we find these spots.  And when we do find them, how does the whole thing work?  How do we actually get back to our own time?"

     Roxanne smiled back, rolling the papers back up into a tight cylinder.  "I"m glad you believe me, Kev.  I know it sounds...well crazy....but I really do think our being here has something to do with the spot we were standing on when we left.  Like a portal of sort.  If I'm figuring this whole thing right, it seems that there are portals like that one all over the planet, and this document pin points those locations based on longitude and latitude. All we have to do is locate one of those...spots, and maybe we can get back to our own time.  We know for a fact one of them is here in Boston.  It's how we got here in the first place."

       Either his illness was causing a complete mental breakdown, or Rox actually appeared to be making sense.  He wondered why he hadn't thought of it before.  The bank.  In the room with the safety deposit boxes.  They had been standing there, in the year 2014, and suddenly, the next thing he knew he was waking up in a strange bed, in an even stranger body that wasn't his own.  Was it really that simple?  Go back to that same spot in the bank?   "The bank, Roxie.  The spot is in the bank.  It has to be."

      She nodded, the smile gone, replaced with a look of concern.  "The spot in the bank has to be the portal.  But there's got to be something else.  Otherwise, anyone walking past that spot would get pulled into the portal.  Just disappear. No. There's got to be something else."  She sat in silence, her mind working through the problem.  Then she fumbled with the neckline of her shift, and stuck a hand down the front of it, pulling out a gold object.  The pocket watch swung from her finger tips, vibrating with the slightest of movement "The watch, Kev.  It's the watch.  It must work as some kind of transporter."

      Kevin shuddered, partly from the fever wracking his body, but more so over the appearance of the cursed time piece dangling from Roxie's fingers.  From the moment he had laid eyes on the wretched thing, it had filled him with a sense of dread, forcing him to look deep inside himself at things better left hidden.  Now it appeared that it held the key to their getting back home.  "So, you're sure that if we take this watch back to that same spot in the bank, in the vault with the safety deposit boxes, and both grab the watch again, we'll wake up back home?  In Dollyville?  In 2014?"

     She shoved the watch back down the front of her work dress.  "Of course I'm not sure!   I'm not sure of anything.  It just seems logical.  And we have to try something, Kevin.  You're getting sicker by the minute."  She stopped a moment, hesitant to finish the thought.  "People... people in this time...died from cholera, Kev.  There was no intravenous fluids available.  No antibiotics.  We need to get you back to our time, so if you still do have cholera in your own body, we can get you treatment."

     Her saying the actual word "die" made his fear seem all the more real.  For reasons he could not explain, he did not want to end his life here on earth in Murphy's body.  If he were to meet his Father in Heaven, than he preferred to do it in the same skin he'd been created with.  "You're right, Rox.  We have to at least give it a try."  Another thought crossed his mind as he sat queasy and shaking on the floor of the sacristy.  "We forgot about the whole quest thing.  The reason we were sent in the first place.  Isn't there something we're supposed to do here?   For Webster?  Or maybe Parkman?"

       She had no answer, and instead, they sat in a silence, each left with their own thoughts.  Resigned, Roxanne rose from her spot on the floor, and offered him a hand up.   "I can't base my actions on things written in fiction, Kevin.  Maybe there's a quest.  Maybe there's not.  All I know is I can't just sit around and watch you get sicker and sicker.  We have to get to the bank vault, the sooner the better.  We need a plan."

       Fr. Kevin shifted his weight, leaning on a wobbly chair for support.  She was right, of course  He felt awful.  He recalled information about cholera from a high school health course.  That massive diarrhea would lead lead to complete dehydration, followed by a shut down of all his major organs. He would die in his bed, alone, in a pool of watery shit.  From what he knew of his host's dismal life, no one much would care.  But the very worse thought of all, was the possibility that his death would abandon Roxanne in 1849.  That it required both of them to make the jump back, and by dying, he would doom her to a life of poverty and misery in the form she now possessed.  And that was, absolutely, not an option he could live...or die with.

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         The short stroll down to Holy Name rectory left little time for Beckett to work off the annoyance he harbored over his wife's latest bad decision.  The woman drove him crazy.  Sent him over the edge with her constant lack of foresight and sensibility.  If a single thought popped into her head, she acted on it.  No reasoning.  No planning.  It went against every fiber in his body, and was oddly, one of the same traits that drew him to her in the first place.

       Once involved, she threw caution to the wind, and fell into the experience with no hesitation.  It was deliciously exciting when she was in this mode, but also led to a myriad of headaches.  Maureen O'Kenney Beckett was, without a doubt, the brattiest woman he had ever met, and such a change from the hundreds before her, that he found it irresistible.  Which was one of the reasons he found himself on the way to chat with his brother-in-law, when he had several pressing matters of his own to deal with.

       When it came to her brother, Kevin, Maureen was unmovable.  The relationship between the siblings was something he had nothing to compare with, and found it difficult to understand.  He and his two brothers, one older, one younger, had never been close.  Even now, they seldom spoke, and their absence from his life wasn't something he gave much thought to.  But his wife would never let up on this idea that something was wrong with her favorite brother, unless he himself assessed the situation, and gave his opinion.

     The fact that she trusted his opinion as much as she did, pleased him.  But right now, he had other issues of concern, and doing a "wellness check" on Fr. Kevin seemed a total waste of time.
It was a bit strange to see the grass overgrown in the front yard of the home.  After the murder of the  gardener a year before, the priest himself had taken on the maintenance jobs around the parish, claiming the budget couldn't handle the cost of hiring someone new.   In Beckett's mind, his brother-in-law enjoyed the opportunity to work with his hands, and burn off excess energy.  He wondered whether it was a backlash over that whole ridiculous celibacy thing, a concept he and the cleric had hotly debated on several occasions.

       The state of the lawn, and the stack of old newspapers on the front porch, was an oddity.  When it came to the church and rectory, Kevin bordered on fanatical, and this lack of care was certainly out of the ordinary.  Beckett knocked on the door, never feeling comfortable with the way Maureen just let herself in as if she lived there herself, which at one point, she had.  There was no response, so he knocked again, this time with a bit more force.  For more than five minutes he waited on the porch of the rectory, and was just about to let himself in, when his wife's brother finally decided to answer the door.

       He hadn't seen Kevin O'Kenney since the day after his wedding, but had known the man for nearly a year.  In that time, he had always known him to be as straight an arrow.  He took his vocation seriously, and both looked and acted the part.  He enjoyed a shot of Irish whiskey now and then, and though he tried to hide it, Beckett knew the man enjoyed an occasional joint.  It was an essential skill in his line of work to expect the unexpected, but the disheveled man with blood shot eyes frowning at him from the other side of the door caught him off guard.

         His brother-in-law leaned against the frame, his arms crossed.  "Yes?"

         "Nice to see you too, Kev.  Can I come in?  It's about your sister."

          Fr. Kevin hesitated a moment, then asked, "The woman is well?"

          At the word "woman", Beckett bristled.  Maybe Maureen wasn't so off the mark.  Her brother did seem to be acting a bit strange.  He checked his eyes, and though the pupils seemed normal, there was just something not right.  Try as he might, he couldn't explain what it was, but there was something about the whole scene that bothered him.  "Yeah, she's fine.  She made the whole thing up, you know.  To help you out with that diocese problem.  You know your sister.  She doesn't always think things out."
           The priest nodded, but made no move to invite him in.  "I am glad to hear that she is without illness."

           "So...can I come in.  I feel like I'm out of the loop since the wedding and honeymoon.  Thought maybe we could catch up a little.  I'm off duty, and was hoping you might invite me in for a Guinness."

           His brother-in-law narrowed his eyes, and jammed his hands into the pockets of his stained slacks.  "I'm afraid I'm rather busy right now,,,,uhmmm  Ted.  Perhaps some other time then."  And without further discussion, he closed the door.


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tempus Fugits Returns

 

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     Although this fiction blog is illustrated with photos of dolls, and dollhouse miniatures, the language and content of the storyline is intended for an adult audience.  Please be advised.


Thank You,

The Author

Longitude and Latitude

     Fr. Kevin looked up at her, trying to measure her statement.  "Help us?  How?  That makes no sense, Rox.  Webster has no clue as to who we really are.  He wouldn't begin to believe that we're...that we...time traveled from some other time in history.  And if we tried to explain it all, they'd lock us both up in some loony bin.  So, how could his research have anything to do with us?"  His stomach rolled in response, and he pulled the slop bucket closer towards him.

       Roxanne ignored him, mumbling to herself.  She rose and headed toward the empty coal scuttle next to the stove, turning it over and shaking it, until a small scrap of the material fell to the floor.  Then without explanation, she went back to the rolled out paperwork.  As she worked in silence, he watched her scribble out numbers with the piece of charcoal on the floor next to them, careful to space them out in what seemed a particular order.  After several minutes, she conceded to speak, pointing to her work.  "Do ya see it now, Kev?  The pattern?"

       Kevin tried to peer intently at what she had written, but even if he hadn't felt as wretched as he did, he'd probably still not see what it was that had put her in a state of excitement.  He had absolutely no head for numbers.  As a kid, he struggled with the basic tenets of multiplication and long division, and Algebra was  a foreign language that other people spoke.  He passed the basic business courses in the seminary with the help of a daily tutor who had implied that he must have some kind of mental impairment.  Even now, his parish finances back home were a mess, mainly because he had let them go for months at a time.  Despite everything, it was still important that Roxanne not think him a complete idiot, so he nodded in agreement, feigning some type of understanding.  "Uhmm...yeah.  I think I do.  So what do you think it means?"

        "It's not the equations that matter so much, Kev.  It's the spacing on the paper!  When you figure the equations, the two sets of answers seem to represent longitude and latitude.  It just has to be."  She could see the confusion in his face.  "Look here," she explained, pointing to the top and bottom of the largest sheet.  "At the top and bottom of the sheet, the answers to the two equations are 90 and 180.  On both the left and right sides.  In the center the answer is zero.  Again on the top and bottom, the left and right.  That's gotta be the Equator and the Prime Meridian.  It couldn't be anything else.  Not smack dab in the center like that.  That means all these other equations...these sets of numbers...they have to be different points around the world.  Special points."

        "I'll buy into your theory, Rox.  But I'm still not getting what any of this has to do with us.  Or why we're here.  Even if you're right, and these are longitude and latitude co-ordinates, it's a ridiculous stretch to assume they have anything to do with our predicament.  Or time travel.  The spots could have any hundred reasons for being important.  Mineral deposits...oil...precious stones.  Things that could have made Webster a wealthy man.  That would make a hundred times more sense then what your leaning towards, Roxanne."

      She smiled, a crooked grin with a space between the front teeth that Roxanne Spinelli never sported.  "And under different circumstances, I'd have to agree with you, O'Kenney.  If not for these letters here in the corner."  She tapped the lower right hand corner of the sheet.  "Did you catch this?"

        He squinted at the small, neat print.  No, he had missed this the night before amid his apprehension over the bands of numbers.  The obvious clue starring him square in the face.  But now, it seemed to make perfect sense. "It's Latin...Tempus Fugits...it means..."

       "Yup. I know what it means.  'Time Flies'."  She leaned back, and smiled again.  "Now do you believe me?"

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Beckett has words with Maureen

      It had seemed like a good idea at the time.  The only idea, actually.  And it had done the job.  Her "fainting spell" at the rectory had caused quite the commotion, resulting in a ambulance ride to the hospital, and the much needed departure of Mr. Belkins from the Archdiocese, who promised to pray for her recovery, and return at a more convenient time.  From where she stood, things hand gone swimmingly well.  Therefore, the pissy reactions of both her husband and brother came as an unwelcome surprise.

      Once over his frantic concern, Beckett was livid, railing at her for putting him through such an ordeal, and questioning her general sanity.  Though the hospital, finding absolutely nothing wrong, had released her, and she had finally admitted to making the whole thing up, her husband insisted on going off duty, and spending the rest of the day with his "ailing" wife, a decision she knew would not bode well for her.

      When they had reached the confines of the apartment, she could see the veins sticking out on his temples, and knew he was in a particularly foul mood.  They both were aware that the deli downstairs was open for business, and had no doubt that Mrs. Schiller was eavesdropping near the door at the bottom of the stairs.  Her maternal instincts had insisted on sending them up with a bowl of fruit, and some of her special blend herbal tea, which she swore was the perfect thing for nervous mothers-to-be.

      He hadn't even let her put away the bowl of fruit before he sat her down and began the lecture she was pretty sure would go on for the entire afternoon.  "Jesus Christ, Maureen, do you have any boundries what so ever?  What would possess you to pull a stupid stunt like that?  Couldn't you have given me a heads up before you went ahead with this crazy shit?"

     "I do wish you wouldn't take the Lord's name in vain like that, Ted.  It really bothers me."  She sat up straighter, and tried to look spiritually offended, but it was obvious he wasn't buying any of it.

      "You know what bothers me, little one?  When my wife comes up with ridiculous notions, without thinking anything through.  Do you have any idea of what you put me through?  I get a call at the station that you are on your way to the hospital.  That you collapsed at Holy Family.  Hell,  I thought you were still here at the apartment.  Last we talked, you said you wanted to sleep in, stay off your feet, and maybe take a look at the new house plans.  You never said a word about going over to the rectory."

     "I'm sorry I worried you, Ted.  Honest, I am.  But the more I got to thinking about Kevin's weird behavior, the more I wanted to go and see him.  Find out what happened.  Roxie's sudden disappearance...well...you have to admit it was strange.  I wanted to find out if it had anything to do with what went on between the two of them.  Kevin's just not himself, Ted.  He's...I don't know how to explain it.  Just different.  He doesn't even talk the same.  Something's wrong.  I'm sure of it."

    "Look, Moe.  Whatever went on between Kevin and your friend is none of our business.  If Roxanne decided she needed to leave Dollyville, then that was her choice, and you need to keep your nose out of it.  Honestly, I don't understand your family's penchant for butting into each other's personal affairs.  Would drive me crazy.  And as we have thoroughly discussed, the less any of them know about our situation, and my part time employment, the better.  It's a matter for every one's safety, little one.  I thought I made that clear."

     She hated when he used the moniker "little one".  It made her feel all warm and mushy, and gave him the distinct advantage in any discussion.  It may have been an extreme maneuver to feign illness as she had, but if it meant helping her brother, then she'd damn well do it all over again.  She needed to convince her husband that something was seriously wrong with Kevin.  Once that happened, she was pretty sure he would know what to do.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Expectations and Equations

             

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     Although this fiction blog is illustrated with photos of dolls, and dollhouse miniatures, the language and content of the storyline is intended for an adult audience.  Please be advised.


Thank You,

The Author

   
Fr. Kevin... aka Fr. Murphy... goes over the parish accounts in the rectory parlor
      It was the dream that woke him.  Left him startled, sweaty, and with that strange inability to distinguish between reality and the nocturnal products of his imagination.  Considering the situation he found himself in, the irony was overwhelming.  Fr. Kevin pulled the tattered blanket up tighter around him, not so much because of the chill in the room, but more because of the remnants of his nightmare.  He was back on the Harvard campus, standing on the roof of the privy in the pouring rain.  Why he was on the roof, and how he had gotten there, wasn't explained.  He just knew that he was perched on the top of the wretched building, holding Webster's papers in one hand, and a large horse-shoe shaped magnet in the other.

      Below him on the ground, his sister Maureen stood screaming up at him, she herself in possession of a similar large magnet that she kept waving back and forth.  Try as he might, he could not make out the words she was yelling at him above the noise of thunder and howling wind. The next thing he remembered was that horrible man, Littlefield, climbing a ladder up to the roof and demanding he turn over the papers.  When he refused to release him, the burly janitor began pummeling him in the stomach, his fists falling over and over again, until Kevin felt too sick to react.

       Now awake, he realized that his stomach did in fact, feel awful.  Nausea came in rolls, and the cramps in his lower belly made him dive from the warm bed in search of the chamber pot and his wash basin.  For several minutes afterward, he lay on the cold floor of his room, trying to feel well enough to stand.  Mrs. McBride had attempted to enter the room with his breakfast and clean linen, but he refused her admittance, embarrassed by the mess he had made, and the state he found himself in.  Eventually, he forced the energy to stand, and dress himself.  He needed to get to the church to say Mass.  It was the only chance he'd have to meet with Roxanne.

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        As Maureen watched the rotund Mr. Belkins polish off his sixth slice of buttered rye toast, she contemplated the absurdity of the moment.  She had come over this morning for the specific purpose of spending time with her brother.  Of getting answers from him about his strange behavior.  Instead, she was now acting as cook and waitress for some pompous jerk from the diocese, while said brother was haggling over the parish accounts in the rectory parlor.  This would be the same brother who had flunked high school Algebra not once, but twice, and who had barely passed the business courses required by the seminary.  Numbers were not Kevin's forte.  Anyone who knew him was aware that he simply did not have a head for math.  So what the hell did he think he was going to accomplish in the hour it would take Fatso to fill his expanded gullet?

       She had attempted to offer her assistance, but he had rudely ordered her back to the kitchen with  instructions to keep the diocese's bulldog busy with breakfast.  She watched as he scribbled a list of numbers on a pad of paper, not a calculator or computer in sight, and sighed.  This was a disaster in the making, and she considered who she might seek for assistance.  A text to both her husband and eldest brother, Patrick, had come back with virtually the same reply.  Kevin was Pastor, and Kevin would figure it out.  She should mind her own business, and do as he had asked.  But this was Kevin we were talking about.  Her favorite brother.  There had to be something she could do to help him.  That's when the idea came to her.  If someone in the family suddenly took ill, then of course the meeting with Belkins would have to be postponed. Without further thought, Maureen closed her eyes, and dropped to the floor.
Maureen's plan to help her brother escape the clutches of Mr. Belkins

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      Mass was late in starting, due to its officiant needing to spend additional time in the privy out back.  This delay neither surprised or annoyed the handful of faithful in the pews, and when Fr. Kevin made his appearance at the altar, no one seemed shocked by the priests gray pallor, leading him to believe that his host spent many a morning seemingly under the weather.  But he had little energy left to worry about the mysterious Fr. Murphy.  He, himself, felt wretched.
     
       It took every ounce of self fortitude to get through the liturgy of the Mass in an upright position.  There were several moments when he thought he might just throw up where he stood, but by the grace of the Almighty, he was able to give the final blessing without embarrassing himself in front of his flock.  He tried peering into the gloom of the church for confirmation that Roxanne was in attendance, but couldn't verify he saw her.  And she would not come up to take communion, not in the form she found herself in, so he couldn't be sure she was truly there until Mass was over.

       Weak and sweaty, he plopped himself into a chair in the sacristy, and prayed she'd show up.  It was risky meeting in the sacristy, but they needed light and space to inspect Webster's documents, and the confessional wouldn't do.  He mopped his damp brow with a handkerchief, and gave a shudder.  There's was little doubt in his mind why he was ill, the memory of the night before etched in his mind.  He went over and over the scene, like a replay button in his head.  The moment the loosened stone slipped out, the moment it hit the privy hole, and the exact instant the putrid offerings hit his face.  He remembered the smell of it under his nose, and the sour, rancid taste in the corner of his lip.  When it had happened, the logical side had taken over.  The likelihood of him contracting cholera from that little exposure was unlikely.  The weather was cold.  Too cold for the bacteria to reproduce.  The odds were with him.

      But this morning, feeling the way he did, reality was quickly sinking in.  He wondered if when he died, would it be his soul returning to the Lord, or Fr. Murphy's?  Would he return to his own time, or would Fr. Murphy finish his time on Earth in Kevin's body.  He forced himself not to think about his family.  About his mother, or his brothers, or Maureen.  The thought that he wouldn't see them again until they all met in heaven was, at the moment, too much to bear.  He pushed these thoughts away, focusing on ways to help Roxanne get to her own time.  If these were to be his last days, then he needed to make them count.

      There was the sound of the heavy door creaking open, and repeated footsteps against the wooden
floor.  When she came into view, he was surprised that her present appearance no longer startled him.  Even when she spoke in that strange, lilting accent, he heard only Roxie's voice, the one that always made his heart beat faster.

       "Sorry, I'm late, Kev.  I had to wait until the coast was clear.  A lot of people seemed bent on hanging around today."  She removed the woolen scarf from around her head, and only then looked at him directly.  Seeing the sweat on his forehead, and the gray tones of his skin, she blanched.  "Holy shit, Kevin!  You look awful!  What's wrong?"  She reached in to feel his forehead, but he pushed her away.

       "Don't get too close to me, Rox.  I don't remember if you can get this from personal contact.  I don't want to risk it."

        "Get what?  What the hell are you talking about?"

       In response to her question, he rushed from the chair, vomiting into a slop bucket in the corner of the room.  He heaved until there seemed to be nothing left in his stomach.  When he was finished, he sat against the wall exhausted, too weary and sick to offer up any kind of apology or explanation.

         Disregarding his warning, Roxie sat down next to him, and pulled him close.  "Oh, Kevin.  It's cholera, isn't it?  Somehow you got infected retrieving those documents, didn't you?"

       Her voice was higher than normal, and he knew, if he looked, her eyes would probably be full of tears.  So he took the cowards way out, and kept them shut.  If he looked at her now, he'd loose any hope he had left of keeping his dignity intact.  She used the scarf to wipe his face, and he worked at moving away.  "I told you.  You shouldn't get near me.  I'm not sure if I'm contagious.  There's no reason for us both to...to... be ill."

        She must have decided, as he did, to keep herself together.  When she answered, she was more in control.  "That's nonsense.  You don't get cholera from person to person contact.  I'd have to cover myself in your shit or vomit, and frankly Kev, as much as I like ya, I have no plans to do so.  So knock it off, and let me help you."

        The blunt statement sounded so much like his Roxie, that he smiled, in spite the fact he felt horrible.  "You always did have a way of putting things, Rox."  He pointed to his coat, slung across the chair he had occupied moments before.  "The papers.  Webster's.  They're inside the coat pocket."

        "Don't worry about Webster.  Tell me why you think you have cholera."

       He related the story of the night before, leaving out the part where Littlefield threatened him.  There was no need to alarm her any further.  He doubted the strange papers had anything to do with their time travel, and there was little to be gained in making her nervous.

       When he explained about the stone falling in the privy, and the subsequent splash to his face, she went still, and was quiet for several seconds afterward.  Then, with what seemed like a new dose of determination, she rose from the floor, and gathered up the papers. She spread them on the floor in front of him, and settled herself right back next to him.

        "Did you have a chance to look these over last night?"

       "Yes, but honestly, they don't make any sense at all to me.  Just a bunch of equations.  Strings of numbers with no rhyme or reason.  If you recall, I was never very good with science or math."

       She smiled, and nodded.  "Yeah.  I do remember that.  Didn't you almost not graduate because you were flunking calculus?  Came almost down to the wire, and you slipped by with a D+."

      He started to laugh, and then remembered that when he was senior, she had already withdrawn from their school after the arrest of her father.  He wondered how she'd known about his Calculus woes, and realized she had still cared about him. Had asked after him.  Even after the lousy way he had treated her.  The guilt made him feel worse than the physical symptoms of cholera, and he wanted to crawl in a hole and die.

      But the memory was obviously not painful for Roxanne, and that shamed him even more.  She poured over the papers, her lip bit in in serious concentration.  He sat in silence, and watched her mumble to herself.  Finally, she sat back down, her attention somewhere far away.

       "You're wrong, Kevin.  I think these papers hold the key for us.  For getting back to our own time."

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Due to responsibilities with the day job...and life in general...I will be on hiatus for yet another week.  I hope you will come back next week to find out what's going on with Fr. Kevin, Roxie, Maureen, and the rest of our friends in Dollyville.

Thank you for your support and patience.

The Author