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On A Rainy Night in Georgia

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On a rainy night in Georgia, Ezekiel Neary lights a fire in the old hunting cabin in the mountains where he, his two brothers and father would come to get away from it. Healing from a gun shot wound, the post traumatic stress has left him less than fit for human company. Company was more than he bargained for when a naked pregnant woman in labor shows up on his doorstep.

The roads are washed out and Aisha Miller has no choice but to run from her captor or risk bringing her child into the world in a dark cabin. Praying, she runs wildly through the woods, ending on a washed out road. The only glimmer of hope is a blue mailbox, partially rusted, halfway sticking out under the sparse moonlight.

The lone cabin sits on a hill, with two large windows looking down on her as if to pity her circumstance. Half crawling, the contractions are one minute apart and she prays that the figure in the window will be a Godsend versus the nightmare she just escape.

Join me as we head to Georgia for a new twist in the happily ever after of Ezekiel and Aisha.

 

Prologue

Three days.

It had been three days since he’d left her in the raggedy termite-eaten shack.  Three soggy, wet days later, the fire was waning, but the rain was not. The last lonely embers sat in the fireplace beginning a slow death of the last log of dry firewood.  If she didn’t move soon, it would also be her fate.  I am not going to die here.  My life is not forfeit.

The chain around her ankle was loose now that she’d lost a great deal of weight in the past month.  A coldness seeped into her bones from the minimal heat generated by the last log of firewood warmth. As well as being skimpy on wood and coal, her captor didn’t feed her very much. The little food he did leave for her dining pleasure in her estimation, wasn’t fit for a dog to eat. The scraps were all she had to sustain her body and she rationed as much as she could, as often as she could.  Most days she didn’t want to eat the constant diet of French fries, high sodium, and fatty foods, however, she was eating for two.  Her captor had tried to better her meal choices once he saw the changes in her body.  The bastard hadn’t been back in four days, and it had been raining for three.

Three days.

The constant downpour for three days straight did not appear to be letting up.  The leaky roof dripped rain onto the cold wooden floor which held craters of cracks and crevices allowing in varying insects and on one cold night, a black snake which came in from the rain to warm itself by the fire. The snake didn’t stay long. The shack was too cold for it. She too was cold. Naked. Cold. Scared.  As much as she didn’t want to admit it, for the second time in eleven months, fear of her pending death in a shack in the butt crack of a mountain in Georgia sat beside her like a silent friend.

A pain shot low and deep across her belly.

“No, no, no,” she wailed as another pain hit her, crumpling her body. An involuntary moisture seeped from her body causing another wave of dread. Dirt-covered hands reached between her legs to feel where the pressure was building. In the low light of the shack, in her hand, she saw the yellow mucus. 

The mucus plug has come out.

This was about to happen.

This is happening.

I will not die.

My life is not forfeit.

“Father, hear my prayer,” she said softly, setting to work to free herself.

The handful of yellow mucus she rubbed around the chain on her ankle, adding enough lubricant, with some effort, to wiggle the chain off her leg. Free.  I am free.  She stood, trying to get her legs under her, grateful, that when she’d been alone, meticulous exercise routines were enacted to maintain her muscle tone, just in case this day ever came.

Naked.

She was naked as a newborn babe, but her newborn was not going to arrive in that cold prison where he’d kept her.  On a hook on the wall hung an old, weathered rain slicker. Grabbing the fabric, she shook it hard, attempting to free it of any guests which may have taken up residence in the material.  Pulling it over her head, she yanked the unlocked rear door open, stepping barefoot onto the splintered back porch.   Grateful the arrogant prick didn’t bother to lock the door because he never thought she’d get free, she stepped off the porch and made her way around the house.

Run.

The rain hit her in the face like so many of her bad decisions which, thus far, had led her to this fate. My life is not forfeit. Cold fingers touched her belly, gripping it low as she set out at a steady pace, running down the hill on the driven pathway. Uncertain of where she was running. Not knowing where she was going. Not really caring.  All she knew was that she had to get away.

Branches slapped her in the face as she ran through the dense foliage of the woods where the driven path came to a muddy end in a deep red clay pool. She lost her footage, slipping, protecting her belly by landing on her side, her face in the dirt, her skin soaked.  Turning, scrambling, struggling to get back on her feet, the aggressive rain washed the dirt from her face, but the hood kept her head dry.  The pain in her feet was all but ignored since they had gone numb some time ago; she got back up and continued to run downhill.  Downhill meant a road should be coming up soon.  The pains in her belly were intensifying, signaling she was almost out of time.

“Hold on, Baby,” she said, breaking through the foliage into a clearing.

Asphalt.

I made it to the road.

The heavy rain was blinding her since there were no trees on the road to slow its torrential downpour.  The sliver of moonlight which lit her way in the night gave no indication of city lights, a nearby residence, or a direction in which to turn. Closing her eyes, she dropped to her knees.

“Father, order my steps,” she prayed.

Rising slowly, a pull to her left suggested she go in that direction.  Hands clutched around her belly, which was moving, squirming, and ready to release its incubating inhabitant; she knew she would be in trouble if she didn’t find help soon.  A pain shot low, forcing her to stop running. She leaned down, holding her knees, trying desperately to catch her breath. Then another pain hit her a few minutes later.

The contractions were growing closer and closer together.

If her water had broken, she didn’t know.  Everything was wet.  The poncho had holes in it, but her head stayed dry. That was important. A wet head could mean death before she even had a chance to meet her baby.

Move, Girl.  You have to move.

She picked up her pace, running a bit further only to discover more sections of a washed-out road.  The gap in it was too large for her to clamber over in her current state. As fast as the water was washing down the mountain, the last thing she needed was to be swept away in the downpour.

I can’t go back.  I can’t go back.

Tears started to well in her eyes.

I can’t believe He brought me this far…to leave me here.

Wiping away her tears, she stood in the rain looking around and surveying her surroundings when she spotted a glimmer of hope.  A blue mailbox. A neon blue, half rusted mailbox which stuck out in the all the dark, wet nastiness of the night.

“Thank you, Father,” she said aloud.

A mailbox meant a residence. A residence meant potential safety. The mailbox was old, but not too rusted, which meant someone had been maintaining it.  She turned towards the red dirt road which sat beside the mailbox.  Gratitude shot up her leg at the dirt smoothness of the road versus gravel being used to stop the erosion of the driveway. The gate, which blocked the road, was fortunately unlocked as her cold, tired hands pushed at it, the metal squealing as the space widened just enough to get her body through the opening.

She closed it back once inside.

Follow the road.  Follow the road.  A voice repeated in her head.

Picking up her pace, she knew time was almost up and she needed, no had to make it to that front door. Whoever was home would be in for a big surprise when they answered the knock. She prayed whoever was inside would be able to lend her a hand.

A sharp pain hit her again, buckling her knees.

My life is not forfeit.

My life is not forfeit.

She began to crawl.

She crawled until the pain subsided, then she was back on her feet. In her head, she counted one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand, four… continuing to run as best she could.  She lumbered part of the way, cried the other part until she rounded the bend coming up the hill. A small cabin sat as if it were looking down at her, encouraging her to continue to its safety, the two front windows appearing as oversized eyes staring down, encouraging her to come to them.  To her joy, one of the eyes had a little something in it which moved as if it were pacing.

“Thank you, Father,” she said again.

Running as fast as she could move, the lactic acid burned in her legs and her feet had no feeling, but that figure in the window propelled her forward.  She reached the front porch, gasping for air as another pain hit her low. She growled in pain. A small balled up fist tapped at the door.

No answer.

She hit it harder, banging it with the remaining shards of energy she had left, creating the familiar rhythm of “Shave and a Hair Cut.”

Warm air hit her face as the door opened, revealing a cozy fire and the smell of fresh bread and something delicious to eat.  Her mouth watered at the scents, but pressing matters were at hand.

“What in the hell?” the dark figured asked as she pushed her way past him.  She moved in front of the fire, pulling the tattered poncho overhead to reveal a dirty, scarred and nude pregnant body.

“Help me,” she said, dropping to her knees. “I have been kidnapped and held against my will by one of the Macklemore brothers. I don’t know which one, but the cops in these parts are lowdown bastards so don’t think of calling them for any aid.  My contractions are two minutes apart. I escaped.  I ran from wherever that shack is that he kept me locked in for the past…”

A contraction hit her again, forcing her body to fold over as she lay on her side. It took some effort, but she rolled over to lie on her back on the floor, her woman parts pulsing and pointing at him.  The dark hair on a tiny head pushed out of the ever-stretching hole and the man had not moved.

“…ten maybe eleven months. Close the damned door!  Stop staring at me and help me deliver this child!” she yelled at him.

He jumped, closing the door and running to her side.

“I need to boil some water,” he said, finally finding his voice.

“No, you need to come behind me, sit me up so I can push this child out of my baby maker,” she said with her hoarse voice.

The stranger moved behind her.  The strong stench coming from her unwashed body could have been enough to gag a mule. Her hair was matted and filled with moving things which would infect everything in his home, but first thing was first.  She was having a baby in the middle of his floor.

He held her upright as she bent her knees.

“On three, breathe then push…one, two, and three,” he said.

Fin –

 

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Stirring the Pot

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thursdayI am sitting here laughing at the ironies of life. My girlfriends were all shocked when they found out I had left Idi. All had the same stance, “how you gon’ leave a man that fine?” Looks have nothing to do with it..nothing at all. It is that vengeful streak that runs through that man…the desire to have the last word…to strike the final blow…that’s what I can’t stand about him. Today was no different.
Idi: That was a nice speech Part’nuh, I’m certain you practiced it well before coming up here.
(Dman attempts to say something, but Idi holds up his hand).
Idi: I gave you the floor and listened to your fairy tale, do me the courtesy of hearing the reality.
(I see Dman’s jaw clench. Idi glances at me lying in the hospital bed).
Idi: Olivia is great at playing victim, but keep in mind, I didn’t get her pregnant by throwing up on her.
(I shift in the bed trying to sit up to stop the ugliness that is going to come out of his mouth next).
Idi: Hold fast Baby, keep your seat. I want to stand right here so I can see both of your faces when I say what is coming next.
Dman: Make your point, Idi!
Idi: My point is, she never tells the whole story. It is going to be hard as hell to marry her and give my child your last name, especially since she is still married to me.
(If he could have dropped the mic, he would have. Idi picked his coat up off the chair and walked out of the room- leaving me there to face an obviously, highly pissed off Dman).
‪#‎oliviaanddman‬ (Click this hashtag to catch up and follow along each day as the story unfolds) ‪#‎oliviastoryteller‬

Conclusion to the Series

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hashEverything I had been wanting to say, everything I’d needed to say to this man in the order I wanted to say it had been stolen from me. Like a thief in the night, Idi once more had snuck in and overshadowed my dreams. He wasn’t going to win this time.
Me: David, can you hand me my purse? (Idi must have brought it to the hospital with me and left in the chair. Dman said nothing as he carried the bag with his lips still tight).
Me: I can explain, but let me show you instead. (From the bag I pulled out a well-worn manila envelope).
Me: These are the divorce papers I have been carrying around for 9 months, trying to get him to sign them. This is why I would go to him each time he called, hoping the Pharos’s heart wouldn’t be hardened and he would let me go.
Dman: And the pregnancy?
Me: …I was stupid. It was the oldest trick in the book. (I shrug it off because I stopped crying about it a long time ago). He called me over…said he would sign…in exchange…he wanted one last time as my husband.
(Dman’s disgust was evident).
Me: Yeah. I am with you. I am disgusted with myself. I feel even dumber because he never wanted to be my husband, but to own me, possess me like I was one of the toys in his collection. Each time I saw a means to get clear…
Dman: So what’s the plan?
Me: Same plan as before. I am moving on with my life. (I put the papers back in my bag). Right before I met you I‘d already decided he had no more power…then along comes you…everything a gal could want in a man…I was fighting falling in love with you…
Dman: Fighting it? Olivia, this makes no sense.
Me: When someone has controlled your life for nearly four years David, you don’t want to try anything, because I know, he is going to find a way to suck all the joy from me.
(He moved over to the bed, sitting on the side).
Dman: I came in here with a goal. I am still set on that plan. If you will have me, I will move all of your stuff this weekend and the day after the ink is dry on the finalized papers, I plan to marry you.
Me: Really? After everything…you still want a life with me…this child?
Dman: Yes. I love you and there is no dragon too big for me to slay.
(Tears start to roll down my face as he leans forward and wipes them away with his thumb).
Dman: Why are you crying?
Me: Because I never thought I would have the happily ever after.
Dman: Now you do… (He stares deeply into my eyes). Is there something you want to say to me?
(The smile on my face is so wide, so bright, and so magnetic, he begins to grin as well).
Me: I love you. I love you so much it hurts sometimes…
(He pulls me into his arms, kissing me with the promise of a very bright life together).
That’s all I ever wanted… to be happy.

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We will be back in late March with a new series. Wait…did I ever tell you about my blind date from hell with a famous rapper who brought along his best friend Shawn…. you are not even going to believe that shit!

My New Online Series.

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36fdef71a0e318fb8c7cdcfaf3745bceHey there.  I wanted to share something new with you that I am doing on Twitter and my FB pages.  It started as a joke, and I am being very careful not to use the artists names, but I am using those pics, to tell a story about me and my muses. It started off as a joke about me at this super sexy model, that would greet me each morning to make sure I was writing.

The Story is called Me and D Man.

You can follow along on Facebook at the hashtag #oliviaanddman

Or you can follow on Twitter with funny images and responses with the same hashtag of #oliviaanddman.

Each morning is a new entry.

But I had to add a twist.

I needed some conflict.

Some sexy ass conflict.

 He is the ex who doesn’t want to be the ex.

He also knows a secret, that he is using as triumph card.

I am having a lot of fun with this.

Follow along for the fun.

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Really Bad Book Covers

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I have always been of the mindset that when I am rich and famous, I can put out book covers that are abstract and artistic.  Meanwhile, while I am poor and struggling to sell 3,000 copies a month, I have to make darn sure my covers are representative of the story inside.  If you already have a day job and you want to release books for I guess, the hell of it, you can use any cover you like.

For example, this beauty:cover1119-500x750

Cloverdale “Wandelen Boom”

Fourteen short horror stories about the people, places and things in Cloverdale, Montana the World’s strangest small town.

It was released December 1, 2014.

It is priced at $2.99

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,729 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This one frightens me.

The description reads: Bonny was suddenly wide awake.
With a catch of fear in her throat, she saw the same white shadow that had followed her in the graveyard begin to appear.
“Who are you?” she cried. “What do you want?” The dazzling white figure smiled, a narrow brilliant evil smile.
“You know what I’ve come for,” he said.
“You can’t escape me.”
When Bonny inadvertently finds the object which the stranger so desperately wants, she is drawn into a mysterious and terrifying struggle between the Dazzling Clown and the kindly Black Monk. Suddenly, the whole fate of Time and Eternity, good and evil, lies in the hands of Bonny Starr…

Say what?

I can’t.

 

Now I just quit.

61+8nQj2mCL._SX166_SY265_Storybook relationships are rarely what they appear to be.

Most of these seemingly perfect relationships are filled with lies, deceit, and a little bit of insanity, just like Mike and LiLi’s. Mike fell in love with abused, promiscuous LiLi when he was sixteen, and over a span of seven years (two of which he spent incarcerated), his world evolved into confusion, hurt, and betrayal. LiLi, his dream girl, is the exact opposite of what he thinks and Mike quickly finds out that he can never change who she really is.

Mike must face the devastating fact that LiLi isn’t his bitch, and his best friend since childhood, Dee, is right there to help him..or is he? Come on this turbulent ride with Mike, LiLi, and Dee to find out if LiLi is Mike’s bitch, Dee’s bitch…or EVERYBODY’S BITCH!!!

by Niki Jilvontae    4.1 out of 5 stars (166)  One Hunnned and sissysix reviews! (Using my home girl voice.)

 

And there is a book 2

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Volatile, deceptive, addictive, and manipulative are just a few terms that can be used to describe LiLi and Mike’s relationship.

After finding out his dream girl was not the devoted housewife he thought she was, Mike must face the world knowing that he has been living a lie. A series of unfortunate events will lead Mike to the truth; however, that truth will quickly turn out to be more than Mike’s mind can handle.

The saying, ‘What you don’t know can’t hurt you,’ is true in this case. Because when Mike finds out all LiLi has been hiding, he goes on a psychotic rampage with an anonymous stalker on the loose.

Will Mike finally find out who’s bitch LiLI really is? Or will the anonymous stalker end up making them all someone’s bitch?

by Niki Jilvontae       4.3 out of 5 stars (55)  Yep 55 reviews.

Evidently not, because there is a Book 3

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After finding out that his entire marriage was a lie, Mike has a mental break that opens the door for the anonymous stalker to step in.

Out of his mind with hurt, jealousy, and rage, Mike sets out to make LiLi and Dee feel all of the pain he’s felt.

However, he doesn’t know that the stalker has a deadly agenda of his own.

Now Mike must face the demon inside of him and the one threatening his family while trying to remain sane and keep his bitch.

Come on this drama filled, thrill ride and find out once and for all if LiLi is Mike’s Bitch, Dee’s Bitch, Everybody’s Bitch,…or NOBODY’S BITCH!

I opt for the latter, because I am all bitched out.