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     The small double doors of Dusty's Saloon squeaked when they opened.  A tall, slim figure stood in the doorway, silhouetted by the bright sunlight outside.  All commotion in the bar stopped and all eyes turned to the newcomer. She surveyed the room for a moment, then took five methodical steps forward, leaving the doors to swing behind her.
     She was a tall woman with curly red hair and a few freckles spotting her cheeks.  She had a piece of gum in her mouth, and when she chewed, her jaw made a slow rounding motion.  She wore a blue-shirt-with-brown-vest combination that was common for law officials in the area.  A dull five-point star adorned the left side of her vest, and it was no secret that underneath it hid a six inch .46 caliber revolver.  She traced the visible area with her eyes, then began to address the room.
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Things You Learn When You're Young
             "Wow, look at this place!" Orlando Lamont said, staring in awe at the structure before him.  There was the big abandoned warehouse on 24th street that his brother had told him about.  "It's, like, the size of the school, or something!"
      "Yeah," Ariadne Hunt breathed.  Being seven years of age, she was rather impressionable.  Somewhere in her being, she believed what Orlando said, even if he didn't mean it.
      "How did we ever miss this place?" Kyle Hunt asked.  He dropped the backpack he was carrying and took a few steps towards the structure, past the chain link fence with the broken-off door.  It was just like any other abandoned warehouse, with the silver walls, large garage door entrance, and old, rusty metal pieces lying around.  Through one of the windows, Kyle could see old, empty crates that had been discarded.
      "I wonder if they're planni
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“Let the lady go, Thomas,” I say, my forearm cannon armed and pointed at the man in front of me. “My backup’s already on the way. You’ve got nowhere to run.”
Tom Crougar’s forehead, shoulders, and upper back are covered in jagged, bony protrusions, and a long bone blade extends from his right forearm to press against the neck of his unfortunate hostage.
“Not a chance, freak,” he sneers at me. “You let me walk, or I open her jugular.”
“You are only wanted for robbery and grand theft auto, Tom,” I say directly. “Adding murder to the list will only make things worse for you.”
“I’ll die before I go back to the pen,” he insists. “You can’t make…”
“Um...excuse me?” the middle-aged woman in Tom’ grasp interrupts, looking at me. “I’m sorry, but...what are you?”
“Oh, I am a police officer, ma’am. My name is Officer Si
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I am pleased to announce that my short story "Standoff" won first place in the Good Snakes Flash Fiction Contest!

Here's the official announcement (in case you don't believe me).

I want to thank everyone who voted. I've seen the tallies, and it was a pretty close race between "Standoff" and "Serpent Quest." Every vote was important, and I'm honored to have gotten the nod in the end.

I'm gonna write more. It would be silly to just sit back and bask in this one success for the next few years. Things are a little hectic around here right now, though. My school's spring semester has started, and when I'm not teaching, it seems like I'm always doing something else around the house. We're going to be moving across town around the end of April, so we've got to get ready for that, too. And I'm trying to get myself to read more in my free time. So I've got a lot of stuff on my plate.

But I have a couple ideas in my mind (one of which I've started on and deleted several times already). It's just a matter of fleshing them out and getting them in my word processor.

Anyway, thanks again to all my voters! This is a great encouragement after a bummer of a winter.
  • Listening to: The World and Everything in It Podcast
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People's Republic of China
Expat. Husband. Soon-to-be father. Christian. Writer. Reader. Comic and film fan. Germaphobe. Kind of bilingual, but not really.

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I've not posted in a long time because I have a baby now, plus more classes to boot, so I haven't been writing much. :(
Haven't been around much recently because we just moved and the Internet in our new place is sloooooooowwwwwwww.
Hit a bit of a snag recently with my writing. Been dealing with major OCD issues (fear of germs), and its been consuming most of my time. Hoping for my anxieties to settle soon so I can focus.
Old account has been deactivated. I'll put some stuff from there up here, but there were a few things there that I wanted gone for good.
I Think I'm Coming Back. Happy 2018.


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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Thanks for watching!
AGoodReed Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I like your superhero art.
SAS-Art72 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on She-Wolf in Springtime. It's a fav of mine because it works even without any background on the character.

I want to try to catch up on reading the stories you've posted this weekend.  It's shaping up to be busy, but I'll try!
AGoodReed Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I would've fave'd it even without the She-Wolf inclusion. I like comics that riff on the intricacies of the seasons. Spring just seems like madness no matter where I live. However, it's so cold in my part of China right now, I'm actually yearning for spring more than ever.

Thanks for your consideration of my stories. You may have already read the "newest" one; it used to be called "Hide and Go Seek" on my old account, and I haven't changed any of the content (yet). The other one, "Standoff," is less than 1000 words, so it shouldn't take too long. Or you could download the podcast and listen to it (with sound effects!).
BleakDragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist
And how are you?
AGoodReed Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not bad. Obviously slacking on the art front.
BleakDragon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah, well. I've been slacking, so I can't say anything.
SAS-Art72 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on Dettrigan. I'm glad you liked it! :)
SAS-Art72 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah! I must learn to keep up with journals! I came here to thank you for the :+devwatch: and from one glance at the deviations realized something was up. Thanks for adding me again, though I hope the imminent return of a certain Canine Crusader to the page isn't going to be too much of a problem. :/
AGoodReed Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. Don't worry about it. If it is a problem, I can deal with it, but I don't think it will be.
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