Rising Waters

Summary: A flood is headed to Elwood City. While the children don’t know what to make of it, the adults have a good idea of what’s about to go down…yet even they will be wrong. First story for my new Disasters series. Can also be found here on ff.net.

CHAPTER FIVE

The children of Elwood City woke up slowly, many of them not remembering the danger. Arthur squinted at the dim light coming through his window. He and Buster made the same mistake, hearing the rain and thinking they’d overslept before school.

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Bitter Winds

Summary: Elwood City is in the middle of a vicious cold snap when the worst happens-Marinna Datillo goes missing. Her classmates are concerned for her welfare, but the city seems oblivious thanks to a new developer’s new tourist trap, which has barred local residents from entering. Marina’s friends think this author is involved, but would be that cruel?

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The wind blew strong on the dark day as a bleak winter fell over Elwood City. Arthur and Fern stepped into the Sugar Bowl, bundled from head to toe. Inside, Marina and Buster sat at a back table. Though it was the furthest from the door, a bitter wind swept to the back of the restaurant.

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Truth and Consequences

Summary: Playing Truth or Dare at Muffy’s slumber party causes Francine’s life to spin out of control. When she refuses to answer a Truth, her life transforms, and the crush she’d intended to keep a secret breaks nearly every relationship she has. Can Francine figure herself out enough to get things right?

 

Francine wasn’t sure about playing “Truth or Dare” with Muffy and the girls. Maria was known for relentless truths, and Sue Ellen was up for some wicked dares. Francine couldn’t compete with that, but this was a Crosswire slumber party. Francine had no choice but to go along with whatever the girls asked. She just hoped the girls wouldn’t learn her secret.

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Francine and the Loss

Summary: When Francine and the Lakewood ice hockey team lose an important game against Mighty Mountain, Francine takes it really hard. Will she be able to continue her sport or will her pride get in the way?

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Francine was rushing to get to the puck. It was ice hockey season in Elwood City, a season Francine had looked forward to for the entire year. Her hockey gear felt like a second skin, and as she raced up the ice, all she could think of was the score: Lakewood 2, Mighty Mountain 4. There were three minutes left. She could get there if she tried hard enough, if time didn’t-

The horn sounded. Lakewood athletes froze on the ice. Might Mountain athletes exploded as they rushed to congratulate each other on their big win.

Francine dropped her stick. She looked up as saw the puck floating across the ice. It hit the boards, but you couldn’t hear the sound because of Might Mountain’s celebrations. Francine sighed, picking up her stick and skating over to Lakewood’s bench area.

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