The Last Day of Gabriel Michael Donovan {Short Story}

This is the last of my short story submissions. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I loved writing them. This one is perhaps my favorite….. The Last Day of Gabriel Michael Donovan The life of Gabriel Michael Donovan came to a peaceful end a short eighteen years from its commencement. Grace saw it coming during vigorous treatments for leukemia that took his curly brown hair and wasted his muscles. Yet she was still unprepared when his final days arrived.  Gabe’s last wishes were unorthodox, but so was Gabe. Forgoing the usual suit, pallbearers were asked to wear their soccer jerseys from the team he led to nationals. Instrumental music was supplanted by tunes from his favorite band. No one was allowed to wear black and only one bunch of...

Mothers Are Born in Love

This is the second story from the 1000 word short story competition. It’s one that deals with an issue that has hit so close to home for many of my loved ones and friends. Mothers Are Born In Love Amy staggered to the rocking chair, her strength spent. The worst of the cramps were past, the bleeding slowed, but nothing could staunch the flow of despair at the loss of her fourth pregnancy. None made it past 20 weeks despite fervent prayers, fasts, and priesthood blessings. Now she sat rocking and wondering why God refused to grant her deepest desire – to be a mother. After sobbing herself hoarse in the shower, Amy crawled into bed. The intensity of her despair kept her from kneeling. She needed to pray now more than ever, but her heart was shattered and the...

A Spy for Helaman

Here is the first of the stories submitted for the contest. I enjoyed writing these stories and look forward to sharing them with you! Let me know what you think: A Spy for Helaman   “Aw, Grandma, do I have to read my scriptures?” Adam moaned. “What’s the trouble?” Grandma sank down on the bed. “They’re so boring!” he leaned forward to share his secret, “At home I put a book inside and read that instead.” “Ah, crafty,” Grandma tussled her 9 year old grandson’s hair affectionately. “How about a chapter in exchange for chocolate milk?” “Okay,” Adam sighed. He chose the shortest chapter he could and raced through it. “Done already?” Grandma appeared at the door with a cup in her hand. “I’m a fast reader.” “Well, here you go. Chocolate milk with just...

Meeting in Venice

As promised, here is the story I wrote for the Mormon Lit Blitz Contest that I didn’t submit (sent in three others). All these had to be 1000 words or less. I wrote this thinking of all my friends who enjoy a good adventure with a little spice of romance. Let me know what you think! Enjoy! Meeting in Venice Graham hurried inside the diner, tossing a hasty glance over his shoulder and fingering the microchip in his pocket. He had a matter of seconds before he would need to disappear. Scanning the room, a young waitress with her hands full of drinks caught his eye. Moving toward the kitchen he bumped into her, sloshing cola onto the floor. “I’m so sorry,” he apologized quickly. But the chip already rested in her apron pocket. She caught a fleeting glimpse as...

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