End of the Road

By Jacques Antoine, Jeanette Raleigh, Jess Mountifield, Alison Blake, Brandon Hale

Roads finish. they start someplace, too. In among, all demeanour of items take place: friendship, betrayal, horror and even perhaps pleasure. For a few, the top of the line brings love and happiness, for others pain and anguish, and for a priceless few, sorrow could lead on to whatever revelatory. The potholes and pitfalls present in this anthology are many, yet for each personality, there's an finish of the road.

This highway results in a set of brief tales via 25 of the main talented writers of our time. meant for fanatics of brief fiction all over the place, the End of the Road is a needs to learn for someone cause on conserving present with the literary scene.

Contributing authors:

Brandon Hale

Robert Thomas

Saxon Andrew

James Rozoff

Anna J. McIntyre

Donna B. McNicol

Randall Morris

James Rozoff

Alison Blake

Jeanette Raleigh

L. S. Burton

Jess Mountifield
 
C. A. Newsome

J R C Salter

Michael Meyer

E. B. Boggs

David A. Cuban

Scott Langrel

John Daulton

Kathleen Steed

Chris Ward

Jacques Antoine

Suzie O'Connell

Thomas Jenner

Angeline Perkins

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Shit! ” He couldn’t face riding for that lengthy, now not after the pig of an afternoon he’d simply needed to undergo. Ben was once nonetheless attempting to figure out what to do while woman success smiled on him for a metamorphosis. an indication emerged from the fog, saying a inn this aspect of the A1, even though it had most likely been at once at the highway at one aspect, ahead of the improvements – another enterprise left stranded through the planners. excellent; it needs to be low-cost then. obviously he used to be going to be staying the evening in the end. It used to be in basic terms once they drew up within the automobile park that he spared a concept for his passenger. He’d controlled to prevent pondering her until eventually then. “Right,” he acknowledged, “I won’t be going any longer this night, what with the fog and the A1 being closed. you could move on should you like... ” She gave a curt yet lively shake of the top. “In this climate? I’m no longer loopy or something. I wasn’t available in the market dodging site visitors by way of selection if you attempted to run me over. subsequent time i would no longer be so fortunate. ” He regarded her unsubtle try and play on his feel of guilt, yet may rarely deny the accusation; and sure, he did believe a level of accountability, yet no longer that a lot. nevertheless she was once just a child, regardless of the spiky angle. “Have you were given any funds on you? ” one other shake of the pinnacle. in fact she hadn’t. So what may well he do? His employers could by no means stump up for 2 rooms... He thought of easily turfing her out, or perhaps suggesting that she sleep within the vehicle, yet that appeared unfair. in addition to, he wouldn’t belief her within the motor vehicle, no longer except he confiscated her cigarettes first. “Okay, I’m going to get a room for either one of us – separate beds, don’t fear; I promise not anything irrelevant will take place. might you be alright with that? ” She shrugged. “I believe. ” He wasn’t confident this was once a good suggestion, no longer remotely, yet he used to be drained and he used to be indignant and it appeared the simplest choice. until he slept within the automobile, in fact, yet that used to be unlikely to ensue; it'd be his room, finally. She was once the interloper right here, no longer him. “First, notwithstanding, i would like to offer my spouse a brief ring, to provide an explanation for what’s occurred. ” She didn’t movement. He gestured in the direction of the door. “If you don’t mind... ” After a moment’s hesitation she sighed, unbuckled her seatbelt, opened the door and bought out. Ben took a deep breath and braced himself for a tough mobilephone name. SHE LIT one other cigarette and leaned again opposed to the automobile, smoking and thinking about even if he rather suggestion the skinny barrier of the car’s window could cease her from listening to each observe of the dialog – good, his aspect of it, at any cost. The spouse appeared like an uptight and insecure complain. “No, darling, after all I’m now not staying away on purpose... certain, convinced, in fact i would like to get home... relatively, it’s the weather... sure, I’ll be again within the morning, early as i will be able to, promise... Nowhere great, only a motel... sure, the corporate will pay... after all I’m sure... alright, then. Kiss Sophie stable evening for me... convinced, I want i used to be there to do it in individual too. I’ll name you the next day ahead of I leave...

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