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New Mexico
By Randall Davis Barfield
Sunday, February 03, 2008

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Nellie Shaw could still hear clearly her old mother’s words of advice prior to her passing two weeks earlier.


“Leave this place, Honey. Take those two precious babies and leave for good. Give them a chance in life. Let them see something different. I’ve prayed you all would leave.”


Nellie knocked on the door.


Miriam opened it. She was Claude Parrish’s only sister. Claude was the father of Nellie’s two children.


“Oh, it's you,” Miriam said. “I guess you want Claude.”


“Yes, please. Ask him to step out here if you would,” Nellie said.


Nellie stood on the wooden front porch waiting for Claude in the chill of the Philly night. She shivered a little.


“What is it, Woman? What you want?” Claude said.


“To see you a few seconds. Say bye,” Nellie said.


“Say bye?”


“We’re leaving this city tonight, Claude. The state too.”


“You’re crazy, Nellie. That’s what you are.” Claude said. “Where you going?”


Santa Fe, New Mexico. I got a friend or two there.”


Claude spit like a football player off to one side of the porch.


“Friend? Your friends are here, Nellie. You know that. You’ll be back.”


“We won’t be back, Claude. Maybe we’ll starve out there, but we won’t be back.”


“You best find a place to get out of this night air,” Claude said, closing the front door in Nellie’s face.


The young mother turned and for the last time began walking away from the Parrishes’ ugly house.


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Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 2/4/2008
The little that you told (yes!) gave me an excellent image of the man and the house and area where he lived. Good job! I liked this story.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 2/4/2008
Sure left me wanting more. Will I. Got me hooked right away. Good job, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/4/2008
well writte story--strong visuals of a very human scene--have been enjoying your blogs as well-and hugs rigtht back at you!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/4/2008

One feels the need to get away in compelling, tense lines: well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/4/2008
Excellent story, Randy; well penned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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