Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Gracie McKeever, iG. Rynk, iLois Santalo, iOwen Thomas, ial squitieri,sr, iDavid Gelber, iKate Saundby, i

  Home > Action/Thriller > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Jerelyn Craden

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· 39 Titles
· 226 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jul, 2006

Jerelyn Craden, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Shadows from a Time Long Past - Kindle Edition
by Brian Hill

A Fantasy novel set in the distant past. At a time when magical objects still exist and differences are settled with the sword...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Books by Jerelyn Craden
The fizzysists were right, don'tcha know
By Jerelyn Craden
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rated "PG" by the Author.

Share    Print  Save   Follow

Recent stories by Jerelyn Craden
· Dreaming the Good Dream, don'tcha know
· Healthy Care in Kannada, don'tcha know
· Vilma Yuccch, Arteest at Large, don'tcha know
· Happy Birthday, Lily Bloom
· The Wake-up Call
· Seduction Haliburton Style
· Ghoulfriends
           >> View all 23

Maybelle's musings on life after death

Why if ol' Maybelle didn't used to think that a fizzysist is somebody who's having a hissy fit. But then I found out that a fizzysist is a scientist. That's right. Somebody who knows all about sub-atomic particulars and the Universe, don'tcha know. And who thinks us humans are energy in body suits!

Imagine that. Energy in body suits?! What are those fizzy guys drinking?

Well, when I first heard that I said, "No way, Hose Zay! Ol' Maybelle is a red blooded woman! Okay, a little anemic, but who's counting blood cells? I am who you see. The gal with a glint in her eye, or is that a reflection in my new artificial iris?

Nevermind. I was the biggest skeptical this side of Holyburton, don'tcha know...until I visited my good friend, Clarisse Florida Butterworth, in hospital.

Now, Clarisse's mama and papa gave her that middle name after the one place they always wanted to go but never got to...Florida. So Clarisse was born with sunshine written all over her...and an inborn determination to do everything she wanted to do in life.

Why you'd be hard pressed to find anybody happier than Clarisse for filling her days and years and minutes doing exactly what she loved to do. And she knew what that was pretty early on.

Clarisse loved to sing.

Truth be told, when Clarisse sang, most folks wanted to run for the hills. Or put a bag over her head. You see, in her mind she sounded like an angel. And because she was always volunteering to perform for all kinds of functions in Lake WhaddyathinkImean, nobody had the heart to tell her otherwise.

In fact, they loved her for it. Kinda like youngins today like that Lady Googoo for telling them not to care about what other people think...and to just be yourself, don'tcha know...lampshade hat and all.

Where am I going with this?

Clarisse was also one of the most generous people you'd ever want to meet. Why she was always helping folks and encouraging them to follow their dreams.

She was Officer Stanley Penelope McBottom's biggest supporter. That's right. When everybody else (except his sweetheart, Vilma Yuccch) told him his ideas for new inventions were crazy, Clarisse told him to stick to his guns. And being a police officer, he had a couple.

And it was Clarisse who encouraged Vilma to start her online tie-dye sleeves business. Which is doing real well, I'm happy to report.

So, you can imagine how surprised I was seeing her in hospital not looking like herself at all. You see, back in August, Clarisse was diagnosed with the Big "C" and given three months to live.

And live she continued to do. Doing all the things she loved to do. And not telling anybody how her body was failing her.

So there she was looking at this point about 100 years older and skinnier than all get out. But I also saw what those fizzysists were trying to tell us.

You see...there she was like always with her big bright smile, her big happy shining eyes, and all the warm, funny, generous words she was always giving t'others. Why Clarisse was so much more than the body I saw sitting in that bed. That wasn't who she was at all. She was still the same spirit...or as those fizzy guys would say, the same energy that was the real Clarisse Florida Butterowrth we all knew and loved.

That's why when she left us last week, all of us in Lake WhaddyathinkImean felt sad, but in a way, good, too. Because she lived every ounce of her life exactly the way she wanted to.

So, now when I think about Clarisse, I see her just like I knew her -- Florida sunshine warming my heart with a smile that could melt butter.


Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Jean Pike 3/24/2011
Wonderful story, Jerelyn. Your writing is always such a treat!

Popular Action/Thriller Stories
1. The Shamblers - FULL VERSION
2. Einstein: How do Galaxies Work? Updated 6/
3. Being Dead--The Story
4. Hard Town Trucking
5. What Will the World Look Like in 20 Years?
6. Illusion's Love
7. America's Health Care System: What are the
8. Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
9. America's Health Care System: What are the
10. History: Psychopaths and Institutions

Starlight On Stone NORTH (ebook) by Jansen Estrup

At the end of a thousand year old Anatolian empire, two warriors are dispatched on a desperate peace mission...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Hard Cache by Charles Neff

HARD CACHE is Charles B. Neff's fourth thriller, Joining Hidden Impact, Patriot Schemes and Peace Corpse. Each book is freestanding and may be read without having read t..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.