Even then his thoughts did not turn to prayer but to Abbie and to what she would think about his lack of prayerfulness and that surely she would have immediately broken out in prayer. 'Doesn't matter now, ' he whispered and felt that he could not cry out to God. ~William Drexler the Third
Whatever happened in those more than one hundred years, from the time my great-great-great grandfather studied law to the time when my own father took his bar exam in 1989, I may never know. Perhaps it was just greed and the good, old-fashion corruption that comes with power. The Drexlers have moved from the fight for human rights to the fight for corporations and wealthy individuals. We file their taxes, write their contracts, clean up their messes. As I see it, we have become little more than glorified Public Relations reps
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He speaks in that strange sports talk, telling me about the start of the new season and asks if I follow baseball. No. I really don't. He assures me if I stay in town long enough I will become a baseball fan. It's a requirement of living in St. Louis. Everyone is a Cardinal's fan. 'Loyal, ' he tells me. St. Louis is a loyal town.
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She says it is a school for bluestockings which, according to her, is really only a fashionable way of saying it is a school for ugly girls who cannot find suitable husbands. To tease her, for I believe it is one of his greatest pleasures in this life, my father bought a pair of blue silk stockings for me the day we received my letter of acceptance. That evening and the next, father and I dined alone.
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I had turned to leave and he had called after me. 'Miss Maria, I kin no other woman who could be wearing men's trousers and be dripping such as ye are and look quite so lovely. It's a right shame your mother is marrying you off to that great sot!' I had turned to call back to him, 'I doubt very much we will have to worry about that after today!
A smile is hidden beneath the mustache, it crinkles the corners of his hooded eyes. 'I didn't. I have other business in town and I told my friend I would attend to the matter of his son, as he could not do so himself.' 'Very kind of you.' 'Yes. I have been looking forward to it for quite some time.' Daddy's lemonade is almost gone, he sips it carefully, turning his eyes back to the water. 'Looking forward to seeing the lad or to conducting your business?' Daddy is toying with him. 'Both. You see, I had never actually met his son.' The glass rests against Daddy's lips, unmoving. Mr. Geyer watches him closely. 'But now I have, so I can get on with my, ' he fixes his own gaze on the water, as though trying to see whatever it is that has transfixed my father, 'business.
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A glance would not be enough to tell you this was the daughter of Katherine Raquel Demure. Even a lingering gaze would not suffice. No. Only careful study of the original and a comparative inspection of her only child would even hint at a relation between the two. Viktor could see it and knew, beyond doubt, that Henrietta not only saw it but was also vexed by it on a daily basis.
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I can see how your mother would have a point. Having a debate with a politically minded woman can be intriguing and even entertaining but to share a house with her and have her always campaigning and protesting at the dinner table, ' he slanted his gaze down toward me. 'That could be very tiring indeed.
Are you all right, ' he whispered, his lips brushing the tips of my spiky hair. Granted, I knew he was only being discreet so as to save poor Hillary from being reamed again, but my knees didn't know the difference. They betrayed me, buckling under his hot breath on my ear and the deep whisper that tickled my senses.
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They had pulled me from the hemorrhaging, dying body of my mother and turned me over to the care of the man who was not my father. He had taken me home to their tiny apartment above the old hardware store and done what little he knew to take care of me. It took less than six weeks for him to realize his mistake. Maybe even less than six hours, but he never abandoned me. He clung to me as though I was the last remnant of some great and powerful love. And that gave me hope that maybe my mother was really something else and not just some girl who got knocked up by a guy whose name she didn't even know. She was something special, someone worthy of a man's loyalty and devotion. -Rocky Evans
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Kevin looks at me and I know he isn't seeing the little girl I use to be, all pigtails and gangly limbs. He isn't seeing my mother's daughter or even my mother anymore. As his eyes linger over me, stopping here and there in the most uncomfortable places, I know he isn't really even seeing me as I am. The bloodshot eyes staring out of the alcohol-flushed face are seeing a girl, nearly of age, who owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude.-Rocky Evans
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Don't you believe any man who makes you feel like you were just a one-time thing.' His arms tighten around me and his words tickle my ear, 'You could never be any man's forgettable moment.' He holds me away from him and I feel ridiculously like I could melt in the dark pools of his eyes. 'You are a force to be remembered, Dacie Mae.
For a moment she believed he had left, but as she shifted away from the wall she sensed him there beside the bed. He was very close. Wretched curiosity! But she would fight it and not look. 'Katherine, ' he whispered, his breath rolling in a warm wave across her cheek. A traitor tear spilled out, the humiliation was too much to contain. Gently, a finger dabbed the wetness from her skin. He said it again, softly, as though it pleased him just to say it, 'Katherine.' 'Viktor!' the accented voice bellowed from below. And then the shadow was gone. Darkness overwhelmed her then and carried her away to a land of crows and mocking strangers.
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My life is hard. No one would rob me of that. The clothes I am wearing came out of a knotted up black plastic trash bag from a resale shop downtown. And not the downtown where shiny cars wink at you in the sunlight. If a car winks at you in this area it's being driven by a person you would be best to avoid. My side of downtown is crumbling and skirted by chain link fences. -Rocky Evans
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Do not be so ridiculous, I can more easily find you someone else.' Gripping the bars of his prison so strongly that the bones of his knuckles showed prominently through his pale skin, the monster growled again, 'I will have no other.' Nearing the end of his patience, Klaus demanded, 'Why? Why are you being so impossible?' Turning to the diminutive creature beneath the blanket, he smiled nastily, his light red eyes gleaming, 'Because he wants her.
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You may suppose that perhaps this Walter T. Wallace found his destiny in food and passed down to his progeny a legacy like that of the great Colonel Sanders. The folks here in Wallace County would love to be able to tell you this is so. But no, like their granddaddy, the Wallace men were thievin' crooks, always with a scheme ready to separate the weak from their hard-earned money.
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All I know is that the fear I have been battling all night is breaking down the door of my ignorance. As my feet slam down I feel not the hard, wet asphalt but the soft Persian rug that led to the staircase in my father's home. In the glow of lightning the dancing trees are illuminated but I see my mother in the glow of candlelight, spinning, twirling, her hair fanned out behind her. It is falling over me, saturating my thoughts, and I cannot. I cannot let it in.
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Liza considering back-peddling but thought about her empty bank account. 'That'll be fine, sir. I don't wear skirts anyway.' He hmphed as though he suspected she might also be inclined to burn her bra on the courthouse steps and snapped, 'No jeans either, this is a professional establishment.
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That Abbie is such a freaking brat who doesn't know anything! My William is wasting away in that castle and that stuck up, self-righteous cow doesn't even care because now she's just all ooooo, Peter I love you! Well I don't love Peter and he's a jerk. Let's go bust down the door!' She sat back and calmly pushed her hair from her face, 'Now would you get me a soda?
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The image of him shifted with the violent frenzy of leaves. He was there and he wasn't, as the leaves whipped and the lightning fell away in a slow strobe effect across the expanse of sky. How he had gotten up there, I had no idea, but he had been there. Crouched in the tree in the middle of the courtyard, he watched me intently through the open window.
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