Short Story #19

Tattoos tell stories of love, war, courage, pain, and faith. So when Marilyn discovered the tattoos on her boyfriend’s lower back as he lay on the bed motionlessly and shirtless, she smiles at the discovery and traces a curious finger over the ink. Jean-Pierre Papin flinches slightly at the contact which she dismissed as an automatic reflex.

The tattoos were names and she smiles thinking that they were perhaps names of friends or relatives as she counts the small cursive names: five in total.

“Pierre?” she called out.

The Frenchman grunts knowing what was coming next. “Hmm?”

“What are these names?”

“They’re the names of my enemies.”

She gasps and pulls her hand back as if burned by a wicked fire. “Why put those names there then?”

“They’ve done me wrong at some point in life.”

“But it doesn’t make any sense.”

Why do things always have to make sense to a woman? Jean thought before coldly confessing, “I killed them.”

A thick eerie silence blanketed the room leaving Marilyn immobilized.

WORDS: 172



Jocund July!

Flower Purple Vine #10116

Well, well, well…

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via Google Search

I’m still looking for June. She went by so fast! But I am utmost grateful to make it to another month. Despite not living up to my blogging potential, I still managed to accomplish a lot. 

A few plans for July:

^ Weekend Breaks. I’ve decided to take the weekends off. That means no blogging. I’ll be scheduling posts if I have the time on Thursdays and Fridays.

^ Book Reviews. This is a continual thing as long as the passion for reading is there.

^ Daily Inspiration. What better way than to start the day with His Word? ❤

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^ Keeping up with the 365 Days of Writing Prompts although I think I’ve been doing a good job thus far. 🙂

^ The Tom Cruise Movie Challenge. Heh! I participated in the 15 Films Tag last month and one of the questions was ‘Films you want to watch’ and my reply was Tom Cruise’s catalog, for although I consider him the best actor in the galaxy, I have not seen all of his films. I have not seen a TC movie that I didn’t like him in. Even if the movie was underwhelming, TC gave 110%… maybe even more. Well, I’ve decided to accept this challenge. I am not going to binge watch his movies so this challenge might span over a few months and yes, I’ll post my reviews on the movies here. 🙂

^ Yes English! We go back to our basic English roots. I have some topics already written, but I am too lazy to type. 

^ Top Ten Thursday. A category that I need to fill.

^ A to Z Challenge. For the last few years, I’ve been seeing this challenge around WordPress, but I’ve never got around to doing one because I didn’t find one that I would love to do. I plan to do long words.

^ ‘Setepai’. I have to thank that diary for this. My last short story – My Chosen – was written in the heat of the moment after watching The Mummy with Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. I wanted to see more of Ahmanet and a love story between the mentioned actors’ characters, so I wrote that story. Now, I am working on a lengthy story. 

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^ I have some Blog Cleansing to do. This month I’ll be unfollowing inactive blogs.

Thank God that you’re alive and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:


Let’s talk… God!

Hello, everyone! As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post this month, I’ve been working on an interactive series for the blog. We’re not going to get into personal details about our lives. We’ll be chatting about various topics as the weeks go by, but today, I want to welcome you to ‘The Brew’. 🙂

Today, I just want to express how thankful I am to God. He has provided me with shelter, a family (although we have our ‘moments’), loving friends, a job, and life. I am thankful for waking up this morning and I am also thankful for the writing passion that He has blessed me with. He has been a driving force in my life and I love feeling His presence as I go about the day’s work.

Thank you, God. ❤

What are you guys thankful to God for?

Book #31: Missing You

Author: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Signet (February 10, 2015)
Chapters: 44
Pages: 399

It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.



First, let me address the title of the novel. When I first picked it up, I’d never thought that it was inspired by that John Waite song ‘Missing You’. Funny thing: when I was younger, I thought the song was sung by a woman. Second, let me address the online dating thing. It’s 2017 and technology is playing a huge part for desperate lazy people who rather meet online than face to face. We don’t know who is hiding behind the computer screen on the other end. Heck! Serial killers still exist you know. Just ask Criminal Minds. While it is not unusual anymore to meet people online I still condemn it. Innocent people can be putting themselves in danger. Have you seen that MTV show Catfish? I think Coben overdosed on that.

Yes, my friends, the internet is a scary place to be.

I liked that Missing You addressed cyber crimes and it roped me in at some point.

Let’s get down to the nasty part now. 😛

The main protagonist Kat Donovan is supposed to be this NYPD detective that comes from a family of cops. She’s tough as nails. She’s supposed to be one of the boys, YET, when we meet her, she’s immediately reduced to pathetic lovelorn female. Throughout the novel, she’s painted as weak and I didn’t like that. Her best friend – the confident and sexy Stacy – gifts her with a year membership on a dating site, YouAreJustMyType.com. Kat gives it a chance, finds a profile of whom she assumed is ex-fiancé, Jeff and reaches out to him using the lyrics of one of their favorite songs, Missing You.

Let me exercise my vocals for a bit …

Every time I think of you, I always catch my breath
And I’m still standing here, and you’re miles away
And I’m wonderin’ why you left
And there’s a storm that’s raging through my frozen heart tonight

I hear your name in certain circles, and it always makes me smile
I spend my time thinkin’ about you, and it’s almost driving me wild
And there’s a heart that’s breaking down this long distance line tonight

I ain’t missing you at all since you’ve been gone away
I ain’t missing you, no matter what I might say

Do you know what that is? Nostalgia at its best!… though I still can’t sing for my supper!

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Kat drunk Googled Jeff several times and it is something I didn’t like about her. Eighteen years is a looooonnnngggg time to not have moved on. Drunk Kat turned me off. I was annoyed and I wanted to slap the drink out of her.

Brandon asks Kat for help to locate his missing mother. Being a mama’s boy, no one believes him thinking he is just too attached to his mother and is simply jealous because his mother is starting over with a new man. Kat is too preoccupied with the man in the profile photo being Jeff and how he is connected to a string of missing people to concentrate. She’s mainly thinking how could he have moved on without her. *Tsks* If you only knew, Kat. If you only knew.

I have to admit the characters were pretty much cliché and the so-call twisted ending that Mr. Cohen is known for just wasn’t that twisted this time around. Not up to his standards, but still enjoyable.

Brandon was my favorite character.



> The sun shone through the green of the trees. The sky was a blue only a deity could paint. Beauty always found refuge in the ugly. Truth be told, beauty couldn’t really exist without the ugly. How can there be light if there is no dark? (Chapter 10; Page 77)

Lovely piece of writing art right there!




I’ve never seen the music video for Missing You so watch it with me?


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Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich… since I’ve read this one already, the review might be up as soon as Friday or so. 🙂