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Author’s Note: This is Part 15 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Epilogue Mike got another five years tacked to his sentence for the escape. All but one of the fugitives was caught within seventy two hours. The last… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 14 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 14 At first, I thought it was a dream—a familiar dream perhaps, but a dream. I dreamt of a light tapping sound coming from beside my… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 13 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 13 Shortly after one, Davey and I drove a few miles out of town in his Dodge Dart to get a bite to eat for lunch…. Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 12 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 12 During the trial, there had been the occasional reporter by our place, either taking pictures, filming a news-spot for the six o’clock, or interviewing neighbors… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 11 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 11 Like I said, I was living at home, and working down at Falcon in ’73. On that particular Friday night, I was staying in, being… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 10 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 10 I was the last kid left at home in the spring of ’73. I could have moved out a dozen times, but every time seemed… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 9 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 9 Monday was a holiday—not that we would have gone to school that day if it hadn’t been. Pop still wasn’t home by the time we… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 8 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series. Chapter 8 About six months before, Tony had hit me in the gut with an old boxing glove. That punch knocked the wind out of me for… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 7 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series.   Chapter 7 The knock at the door shattered the still of the night, startling me from my sleep. “Michael Mallory, are you in there?” said a… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 6 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series.   Chapter 6 I was in bed when I heard the unmistakable stomp of Mikey’s boots coming up the sidewalk. The screen door squeaked a little more… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 5 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series.   Chapter 5 Mom and Dad pulled back into the driveway hours later, exhausted and silent. The tension in the room rose as they walked in the… Read More

Author’s Note: This is Part 4 of a series of posts serializing my novella 38 Years Old (Never Kissed a Girl). For more information on the origins of this novella, including all disclaimers, and a complete chapter list, please see the announcement regarding this series.   Chapter 4 Mass never moved as slowly as it did that day. The choir droned on for what seemed like hours, through the longest hymns they… Read More