Time Stopped (but the seasons kept changing)

Summary: Fern hates public speaking, especially when she has to read her school assignments to her peers. But this assembly is different because her work could have unintended consequences…and because it keeps happening. Every day is a new day but the scenario is the same. Fern is stuck in a time loop and she has no idea how to escape. Can also be found here on ff.net.

CHAPTER TWO

Around ten, Fern was called out of class to attend a short rehearsal before the actual talk. This didn’t happen the first time she read, if she ever really read in the first place, but she was grateful for this change. It gave her a chance to really look at what she’d written yet again, and she thought it would be a way to gauge the possibilities of how this crowd could react.

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Time Stopped (but the seasons kept changing)

Summary: Fern hates public speaking, especially when she has to read her school assignments to her peers. But this assembly is different because her work could have unintended consequences…and because it keeps happening. Every day is a new day but the scenario is the same. Fern is stuck in a time loop and she has no idea how to escape. Can also be found here on ff.net.

Life in a time loop can be freeing when you discover it, but what would ever happen if it stopped?

CHAPTER ONE

Fern looked up to Elwood City High with contempt. It was a frigid day, far too cold for people to actually be going to school and work like normal, yet here she was, walking to school in what felt like ten layers. She had no choice today, her mother said, because today was the day she was going to read her winning poem in front of the entire school. She’d written it for a contest (because she had to for her English class), and now she’d won and had to read it for the entire school in order to claim her “prize,” a commemorative placard and a pat on the back from the district’s superintendent.

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Outbreak

Summary: A flu outbreak comes to Elwood City. At first everyone sees the illness as a normal seasonal thing, but then the news of death reaches everyone, and the entire world realizes this is no normal flu. Can also be found here on ff.net.

Coughing. Coughing from everywhere. At first it was just another sound, a sound people were used to hearing anyway. But then we realized there was too much of it. Flu season was starting too early and lasting too long, and then the CDC revealed the truth: This strain was different, and it was going away any time soon.

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Through the Storm

Summary: A storm of epic proportions is building in the Midwest and tearing eastward. As Lakewood’s third grade class heads to camp, this epic monstrosity comes barreling towards their home. Can anyone survive? Can also be found here on ff.net.

CHAPTER ONE

Mr. Ratburn’s class met up behind the school’s gym, backpacks loaded with supplies for their annual retreat. Parents and fundraising had paid for the excursion, which would take many students farther than they’d ever gone—into Canada to a resort straight from Nigel’s childhood. He’d gone plenty of times as a summer camp, but this was a late spring trip to celebrate the coming end to the school year. Yes, that meant extra work beyond just planning a trip because the students needed passports, but everyone was willing.

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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 SIX

Ladonna wasn’t surprised to hear that her dad was out helping with the flood, but she was shocked to hear that he was hours away helping another town instead of theirs. After breakfast, Ladonna followed her mother into the master bedroom, where her mother was using the bed to fold laundry.

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That First Day

Summary: Hillary Biggs isn’t looking forward to being a new student at all. But when she arrives to snickers, jokes, and other insults, she wishes she’d never come to Elwood City at all. Will she get any allies in this new school? Can also be found here on ff.net.

Hillary looked up from her knees with a fearful look. She’d felt the car stop before, but she knew this was The Stop, the one that would take her into her new school for the first time. Being new wasn’t something she was used to, but she had no choice but to embrace it as her mother looked back at her from the driver’s seat with a sympathetic smile on her lips. But her eyes gave her away. If Hillary didn’t get out and go to school like she was supposed to, her headstrong—and physically strong—mother would drag her out of the car and into the building.

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Not Done Yet

CHAPTER TWO

Jane’s medication wasn’t working. Over-the-counter medication wasn’t made to help you overcome the amount of pain she was in, but Jane knew she couldn’t get any more pills. She’d have to manage without them, and since chores needed to be done, she’d just have to power through.

Jane moved into the kitchen and tackled the dishes first, then she carried a laundry basket into the den to begin folding. This was where David found her as he entered the home for lunch and to change into a dressier uniform. He put his car keys next to the door and looked up to see his wife sitting on the couch with a pained look on her face.

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