Twelve Short Stories With A Twist

Twelve Short Stories With A Twist

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

These are twelve stories that have a "twist;" that is, a surprise at the end. The titles of the stories are Remembering the Anniversary; The Mistrial; A Meal to End All Meals; Judge Me Fair; English Major; The Woman In The Diner; Woman On The Phone; Thou Art A Witch; Voyage To Mars; Betrayer; Brain Transplant; A Reenactment To Justice. You may have already read these stories from other sources.A recovering drug addict who had lost her family, friends and career to a designer drug that nearly killed her, Cil struggled every day just to find enough food to keep her alive while desperately trying to convince potential employers that her days of self-destruction were over. She was fighting the despair that came from yet another employer rejection when she tripped over something on the ground and slammed her head into a transport. When she came back to consciousness, Cil was looking up into the face of a short compact woman with bright red hair and freckles. The woman was wearing the pin of a Kre Master, though Cil could not remember how she knew that was what that pin represented.“My name is P’Hilz. What is your name?”“Huh? Uh, Cil. My name is Cil…. Ma’am”Cil was very pleased with herself for remembering that a master was to be addressed so.“Well Cil, you cracked your head pretty good just now, with your permission, I would like to use my talents to heal you.”“Heal me? My permission? I’m okay ma’am and not worth your trouble even if I were not.”“Nonsense. You are neither okay, nor is there anyone who is not worth helping. May I have your permission to help?”Cil felt dizzy and could tell she was about to lose consciousness again, and she welcomed the thought, but heard herself consent to receive assistance as she slipped back into blessed darkness.
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Read My Best Puns To Boggle Your Mind

Read My Best Puns To Boggle Your Mind

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

This books introduced 25 of my best puns created over a period of many years. I tell only puns that I have created myself. My hope is that you give you a little amusement.If you've ever wondered what made Gruff gruff, read his tragic tale of lust and betrayal here.Origins: Gruff explored the origins of one of the most beloved characters introduced in Equivocal Destines, book 1 of the Upheaving Nidola epic fantasy series.
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I Don't Want To Be Married Anymore!

I Don't Want To Be Married Anymore!

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Ted and Marie had been married two years. Suddenly, she announced she did not want to be married anymore and wanted to take a new road. Though he tried to talk her out of this decision, he failed. Marie met Philip. He seemed to be the man that she had been dreaming of. They decided to celebrate the second anniversary of their meeting in Manhattan. You'll be interested in what happened there.Ted and Marie had been married two years. Suddenly, one morning she announced she did not want to be married anymore and wanted to take a new road. Though he tried to talk her out of this decision, she remained adamant. Marie met Philip. He seemed to be the man that she had been dreaming of. They decided to celebrate the second anniversary of their meeting in Manhattan. You'll be interested in what happened there.
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I Won My Husband In A Lottery

I Won My Husband In A Lottery

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Lois Auburn paid $2,000 for a lottery ticket where the winner would receive Robert Miller, a handsome young man, as a loving husband. She was the only bidder and won. Robert didn't want to honor his commitment. He stated he didn't love her. Lois denied all the inducements he offered in order to back out of the marriage. She insisted they be married. This story tells what happened next."Lame High School Poetry" is a collection of 65 poems written by an earnest young man falling in and out of love for the first time. Follow the journey of words as he uses his writing to keep from exploding with emotion. The poetry will lead you from his sophomore year in high school, through ups and downs, into college and then years spent in New York City.A true documentation of what we have all felt.
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I Don't Think I Should Do That

I Don't Think I Should Do That

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

"Was this a repetition of the seven-year itch," he wondered. He had almost lost his his wife with the last one, and here was a possibility that it was going to happen again. Mary had come into his life when he least expected it. It has been another seven years since his last affair. How was this new adventure end? This story gives the details.The Adventures of Slugman are a series of socio-political satirical and comical illustories featuring Slugman, hero of common nonsense and fighter of the “common good”. Slugman is an activist for the socially and politically disadvantaged in a world of ridiculous regulation and shrink-wrapped ideology. He began life as a lowly garden variety slug raiding the cat-food dish but his misadventures were soon enjoyed across the country as his stories were published every week in national magazines. Not for the easily offended or the politically correct.In this illustory, Slugman is critically injured and must suffer in a flawed health system.
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I Wish I Had Said That!

I Wish I Had Said That!

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

In a story, authors say things that are critical for the plot. Often, the author state what the words should be. Many times, the author has no control; the characters, themselves, speak the words. This story presents about a dozen illustrations where the characters in the story form the important words themselves. At times the author begins a story but the characters take control and finish itIn a story, authors say things that are critical for the plot. Often, the author state what the words should be. Many times, the author has no control; the characters, themselves, speak the words. This story presents about a dozen illustrations where the characters in the story form the important words themselves. At times the author begins a story but the characters take control and finish it.
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I Had Two Brides In One Day

I Had Two Brides In One Day

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Grace and I had set a date for our wedding. Alex arranged a stag party in my honor. Suddenly I found myself in the middle of a joke where I was "married" in a fake marriage on the evening before my actual wedding day. But there was a terrible blunder and the "fake" marriage turned out to be a real one. This brought on some complications that readers will find interesting.The last dragon is dying. She knows it. And she is almost glad: her life has been long, sad, and full of suffering. She is hated, hunted and harassed wherever she goes. And she wonders: what is the point of living when no one wants you to live? So when she is discovered yet again, she does not bother trying to flee. Wounded and despairing, she waits for her death at the hands of human villagers with their pitchforks and prejudice. Following her would-be destroyers, however, is a strange, solitary young soul who is also unloved, and who wishes for more than his life has allotted to him. 'The Dragon's Boy' is a short fairytale about the last dragon in the world, an orphan named Jack, and faithful, persistent love.
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I'll Conjure You Up A Fortune

I'll Conjure You Up A Fortune

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Adele was not very good at being a psychic. But dowdy Silvia was going to be easy. And it was! Everything went Adele's way from the start. Suddenly unexpected events began to occur. There was a surprise occurrence at the end. Can you guess what it was before you reach the end of the story?Welcome to the strange city of Odnnol, a muddled, mysterious metropolis that mirrors our own reality, but in a bygone age that possibly never happened. Or did it? Perhaps our age never happened and this one did? Who can really say in the world of imagination and multiple realities? Queen Vitriolica sits on the throne, spitting bile and bitter expletives at her errant subjects, while the Tribish Empire rules the waves, and a considerable portion of the land as well. Keen author Philbert Chicory takes you on a wild escapade meeting a zombi (as it was spelt back then) detective and his sidekick, whom you may or may not recognise, along with the leading character, Mopsy, a small, yet tenacious pug dog. These intrepid adventurers embark on an investigation to find the culprit of the disgusting custard murders, the elusive Rick the Japer, and get involved in one of the greatest capers of the century. The trio face fearsome foes and adversity as they get closer to the truth, in a ripping, rollicking, rivetting tale of high excitement and steampunk fun. Do fear the Japer! Who knows where he might strike next?!
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Some Things Should Be Better Left Unknown

Some Things Should Be Better Left Unknown

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Dr. James Morton had invented a machine that looked ahead into the future. An early trial allowed him to capture thieves caught in the act of committing a crime. But later he left a note instructing the destruction of his test equipment. "Some things should be better left unknown," he decided. Why? This story gives you the surprising answer.Despatched on a secret mission in Central Asia, 22 year old Lieutenant Jamie Hanover encounters hostile tribes, steam-powered robots and djinn in his search for answers regarding the British defeat at Trafalgar.Helped by the strange mystic, Hari Singh, the two men fight side by side in the mountains as they track a strange metal emissary through the infamous Khyber Pass.Following in the emissary’s destructive footsteps Jamie and Hari travel to Adina Pur, where the uncovering of secrets and the culmination of their respective missions demands a heavy price.Metal Emissary is a Steampunk Adventure set in Central Asia in the 1850s, full of weird machines, exotic characters, dust, snow and blood.
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The Gift

The Gift

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

William found a photo in a book that haunted him. He needed to follow up and was finally able to talk to a person who could tell him who were the people in the photo and under what circumstances it had been taken. You'll find yourself thinking about this story long after you read it.Dreamcatcher is a short story prequel to The 8th Mayan Prophecy. John and Mary Windwalker are blessed with a daughter, Grace. But they are stunned when two different shamans make virtually identical predictions about their daughter's future. Living in Northeastern Minnesota, Grace finds herself, the object of bullying when she moves into middle school. An unlikely ally comes to her defense.
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Chinese Fortune Cookies The Ruse

Chinese Fortune Cookies The Ruse

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Robert Drake was enamored of Wanda Fisher but was too shy to let her know. Harry Collier, an associate at work, agreed to help him reveal his interest. But, it was Mrs. Collier who was responsible for the advice that Harry gave. This story tells why.‘Don’t let me lose myself.’Fifteen-year-old X thinks she is going to die. Shacked up in the cellar of an old farmhouse, she starts a journal to document her last few days. Much less than a few days if the uglies manage to get in.X is a post-apocalyptic short story from Jack Croxall, author of Tethers.Praise for XA luminous, captivating tale perfect for giving you one of those reading "moments".– Liz Loves BooksI was left with a genuine shiver down my spine.– D.M. Cain, author of The Phoenix Project
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Sugar Daddy

Sugar Daddy

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

I met Marjorie after my wife had died. We were going together though I was about twenty years older than she. She mentioned a ring and I purchased it for her. He said she needed some money to help pay for a car and I gave it to her. I asked whether she considered me her sugar daddy. This story tells what happened next.A chilling alternative history short story detailing the rise to power of a modern demagogue in America from the perspective of a non-descript British family. As the infringements of liberty and freedom progress past the borders of America, directly impacting on Britain the societal changes force the family to assess their actions and a decision as to how far they will go to hide in anonymity within a regime they cannot begin to condone.
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The Ghost Town Trap

The Ghost Town Trap

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

The Law Enforcement Forces went to unprecedented lengths to apprehend a wanted killer. Just how unprecedented were the methods will amaze you as you read this story. The vicious felon was captured, and that was the important thing.The Law Enforcement Forces went to unprecedented lengths to apprehend a much wanted killer. Just how unprecedented were the methods will amaze you as you read this story. The vicious criminalwas captured, and that was the important thing.
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Tomorrow I Will Disappear Again

Tomorrow I Will Disappear Again

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

This s a story about a woman who, at age 116, looks to be in her mid-twenties. This might be considered a blessing for some but for this woman, it is causing a great deal of trouble. Her husband leaves her; her daughter marries and moves as far away from her as she can. She asks a renowned reporter to tell her story. The occurrences in this story will haunt you.Sipe’s job: drive the crime throne heir from California back home to Seattle. The double cross: Sipe’s unaware Connie is willing to sacrifice anyone to get out of the family business for good. Sipe’s reality: betrayed, wounded, looking down the barrel of a little blackmail courtesy of the teenager that just discovered him unconscious in the tiniest of tiny Oregon towns. Tiffany’s deal: Sipe helps her locate a missing friend or the faked boob-grab pics make the rounds. The local less than honorable law enforcement...her slightly crazy uncle...Little Creek’s the kind of place the wrong kind of stranger can disappear – forever.The Lipless Gods. A noir-tinged portrait of broken families, teen prostitution, green energy, and of course, anger management challenged Olympic athletes and the mobsters who love them.
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I Married The Boss

I Married The Boss

Mario V. Farina

Mario V. Farina

Marilyn Willkie had been advised by her grandmother that the best way to a successful marriage was to marry the boss. Her dad, on the other hand, said that love was of paramount important in any marriage. Her boss, Bernie Ralston asked Marilyn to marry him. She said no. This story gives the explanation of why she couldn't say yes to Bernie but did say yes to another person.Yon 'fore the now, the then was a'here. The beasties, an' ghoulies, an' ghosties ran freer.Amok an' away, we hid from the day. Runnin' at night, we doled out our fright. Twas not of our own strife; we were spoken to life.I be one o' the beasties what goes bump in the night!Are our nightmares things of fantasy and imagination? Or does that which we dream of become real? What happens to a small girl when her nightmares do become real?A short single.
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