Happy Thursday, everyone!
It looks like my website is being cranky this morning when it comes to letting me post pictures, so for right now I can’t show you the nifty cover for my five-story collection ALL FALL DOWN. Bummer! But I can still post free fiction on this sunny, hot, first Thursday morning in August. *g* EDIT: Yay! The cover’s available now. Thank goodness for technology that resolves itself. 😉
This week’s story is about a time traveler who never expected he’d be in any time zone long enough to have a family. Funny how life turns out. But what happens when history finally catches up to him? I hope you enjoy “Harley and the Alien.”
Harley and the Alien
Copyright © 2011 Annie Reed
Published by Thunder Valley Press
Cover art Copyright © Rejnkarlgren|Dreamstime.com
Cover and layout Copyright © 2012 Thunder Valley Press
Harley was named after the motorcycle her momma won from her daddy in a game of chicken.
Until she was ten, Harley always thought that meant her momma and her daddy shuffle-danced around each other, flapping their arms like they were wings and making bwack-bwa-bwa-bwack! sounds at each other, until her daddy fell down and her momma got to crow out a victory caw. Harley got somewhat disillusioned—and a little terrified, to be honest—when I told her playing chicken meant her momma rode a borrowed motorcycle straight at her daddy while each of them pointed ten foot hollow pipes they’d scavenged from a junk yard at each other, like they were knights riding on horses or something.
Well, the story goes that Harley’s momma knocked her daddy clean off his hog, like to put that metal pipe right through his shoulder, and then muscled his motorcycle up off the pavement and rode on out of town before his boys could catch her.
By then it was too late to undo the lovin’ that would eventually become Harley. Even for a woman as tough as Harley’s momma, being alone with a baby on the way wasn’t easy in those days, so Harley’s momma—Maxine was her name—went home to live with her daddy, Big George.
That’s me. Big George Wannamaker, and I’m an alien.
(read the rest of the story here)