Facing Reality – Chapter 4

Trouble at the Law Firm Catalina watched anxiously as the black van with darkened windows came to a stop outside her apartment building. She’d been waiting there for ten minutes under the curious gaze of Wes the watchman at the entrance to the apartment building. Ma Black had phoned to ask her if she was interested in seeing the real underbelly of New York and … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 4

Facing Reality – Chapter 1

Catalina Catalina Sanchez alighted from the taxi and used her card to pay for the fare offering a generous tip in cash after gathering her parcels. She could hardly wait to get up to her apartment overlooking the East River New York. It had been a hard day at the Law firm where she worked as an intern and she was grateful to her parents … Continue reading Facing Reality – Chapter 1

Corporate Crime Chapter 4

Starting a New Life Patrick rushed behind the team sprinting in that direction. There in a field behind the service area was a helicopter. Probably there for the escape of those in the RV. They had the pilot held securely and two more of his team were lying injured on the ground. “What’s going on?” “We questioned this guy as to what he was doing … Continue reading Corporate Crime Chapter 4

Corporate Crime Chapter 3

Kidnapped At 5am Maria came to gently shake Marvin awake and led him to Patrick’s office where the three of them sat together while Marvin repeated the story. Patrick smiled. “Now isn’t this a coincidence. We have been working on criminal activities in connection with retirement homes along with other major crimes where huge amounts have been funnelled out of rich families through old residents … Continue reading Corporate Crime Chapter 3

Corporate Crime Chapter 2

The Guardians Marvin turned his eyes slightly so he could observe the door to the cafeteria in his peripheral vision and noted a man approaching. He resisted the temptation to turn and look at who was approaching, and his mind raced into action planning the next move. He enclosed the shut down remote in his fist so the approaching man would not notice it. The … Continue reading Corporate Crime Chapter 2

Corporate Crime Chapter 1

Reunion Marvin Murphy circulated around the recreation room greeting retirees unfortunate enough to be residents. It was not that the high-level care section of the residential retirement complex was poorly supervised, but his heart went out to those who’d found their way there now unable to care for their own basic needs and as manager he wanted to see their comforts were met. He often … Continue reading Corporate Crime Chapter 1

Chance Encounter Chapter 6

Dreams Fulfilled Louise Marie looked out the window as she heard the taxi move into the driveway. The rest of her siblings and their partners were out in the vineyards attending to vines while her parents were down in cellars attending to requirements there. There was always a stream of private vehicles coming and going through the day, but a taxi always meant Johann had … Continue reading Chance Encounter Chapter 6

Chance Encounter Chapter 5

Utrecht Manja hastened to her parent’s home as soon as the day broke in Utrecht. It had been another long and tiring trip but this time much easier caring for Stephanie with her brother to support her on the way. Berend had not been informative about her father’s condition so she was apprehensive about what she’d find on arrival. She’d leave Stephanie with her mother … Continue reading Chance Encounter Chapter 5

Chance Encounter Chapter 4

Happiness Shattered Manja waited for Johann to knock on the door at the same time they’d had breakfast the day before. She was anxious to know more about his plans to spend the rest of their vacation together. They’d talked through much of the night and then the phone had gone silent. She tried phoning him again to see why he was not answering after … Continue reading Chance Encounter Chapter 4

Chance Encounter Chapter 3

Relationship On the Scales Friederich Kavel sat in his chair glancing at the newspaper headlines, reviewing the activities of the day and mentally preparing activities for the next day. He finally turned to his wife Anna concentrating on knitting for one of her grandchildren. “I don’t understand why we haven’t received a phone call from Johann. This is the second evening we haven’t heard from … Continue reading Chance Encounter Chapter 3