Dead Leaves Teaser #5!

EEEEE! We’re almost there! I am SO EXCITED! You can pre-order here and you will have this lil collection at your service at midnight Tuesday!

For the moment, sip on this tart mimosa…

I COME HOME

“I didn’t feel so bad till the sun went down,” she lamented. Her key dug into the lock of the driver’s door, then into the ignition. A roar. The crunch of dead leaves. A spray of dirt. An old Chevy Nova thumped its way back up to the main road and over the bridge. The early chill dusk closed in around the speeding car as it flew down a two-lane road.

“I still don’t feel all that bad,” she muttered. Janis yelled on the radio, wondered where her color tv was. Brown leaves fluttered across the road. A possum hadn’t quite made it across the tar river. She drove and drove and drove up and down the narrow ribbon. Darkness fell.

Gravel crunched. The Nova rolled and rolled down a long, sloping unpaved drive. Unseen from the night road, it slithered through a thick band of woods before unfurling onto an abandoned pasture. A smile curled her lips as twinkling lights reflected in her black horn-rimmed glasses. A silver Airstream trailer rocked and shook the strings of lights hanging from it end to end. She cut the headlights and coasted to a stop.

Copyright 2017 Shannon Cooper

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