What Happens in Vegas…

He stirred a bit to the steady hum of the air conditioner and a familiar throbbing in his head. He knew better than to open his eyes and reached blindly for the bottle on his nightstand. He was cold and wet with his own sweat, his body working hard to rid itself of the night… Continue reading What Happens in Vegas…

Meeting “Chase”

It was obvious from the beginning; what she showed on the outside didn't mesh well with her internal demons. She tried to appear sweet, and motherly and could even be fairly well-spoken; but her hardness had its way of shining through. She wore it like a badge that she wanted simultaneously to hide and shove… Continue reading Meeting “Chase”

Broke and Homeless

"I'm hurting right now. I'm out of places to go; I need help. I'm in my car with all my stuff and $20 to my name." Christmas came and went without a peep from Kurt. Not even a card. Or a demeaning text meant for someone else. Assuming he was busy embracing impending fatherhood, I… Continue reading Broke and Homeless

Room for Rent?

I didn't hear much from Kurt after the incident with Blue Van Tenant, aside from a few texts that were clearly meant for someone else...named Bryn. The texts were nasty and accusatory, laden with profanity and grammatical errors so horrendous that even auto-correct couldn't make sense of them. But the intentions were clear, even to… Continue reading Room for Rent?

Meet “Landon”

Even at four, he knew that he had never been all alone, and certainly not in a creepy, smelly place like this. He was startled awake by the silence. Spider-Man was over; he always fell asleep before the end. In the creepy sliver of light peeking through the curtains, he knew things didn't look like… Continue reading Meet “Landon”

Kurt & the “Mother Lover”

"So my life has abruptly changed; my fiance' is pregnant." A few weeks before I received his 30 second (as opposed to 30 day) notice of intent to move out, Kurt had been just a bit...off. Up until that point, he had been considerate, respectful and helpful, rarely complaining about anything. When he did have… Continue reading Kurt & the “Mother Lover”

Becoming Landlords

In 2002 my husband, then a full-time law enforcement officer, began investing in real estate with his father. The original intention was to buy low, rehab cheap and quickly flip "a property or two". The real estate market in our suburban Summit County area wasn't favoring cash poor rookie investors; the houses we did buy… Continue reading Becoming Landlords