JESSIE'S STORY OF CRIME AND FORGIVENESS, A short story.

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Instead of robbing the liquor store, Jessie found love.

Always looking on the outside, never allowed within

Jessie was taunted maliciously for his daddie's sins

His daddy, Jess in prison for crimes committed when he was only eighteen. The town never forgot what Jessie's daddy did that unforgettable day

He held up a liquor store for change and cigarettes, stabbed the storekeeper fatally in the neck, arrested just one block away

The cop promising, " You'll never see the light of day. "

Jessie now eighteen and out on his own

His mother remarried a man that Jessie found impossible to condone.

He hitched a ride to Dallas, Tx. thinking if he left the little town and started a new life in the city, the past could be forgotten, but evidently Jessie had fallen from the same ' hard knocks ' tree. Soon he needed money. Work wasn't an option. He needed cash and he needed it now!

He walked to the edge of town and found a liquor store with a young woman behind the counter. He handed her a note he'd written earlier, " This is a hold up, and I have a gun in my pocket and it's pointing straight at you. " The young woman quickly raised her hand's, telling him, " Please take what you want. Please don't shoot me. " He leaned over the counter to open the cash register, when he raised up he was looking down the barrel of a colt 44. Her stance defiantly strong, feet apart and a look saying, " I dare you! " Jessie knew he'd met his match. She asked him, " Who are you, where'd you come from?

For the first time he really looked at the young woman. She was beautiful, long red hair, cute freckles across her nose and sparkling green eyes.

When he attempted to answer, he stuttered, having difficulty finding the words. For some unknown reason she was feeling sorry for him. She knew he wasn't a hardened criminal. His eyes spoke for him as they welled up with tears.

She looked closer and saw a handsome young man who was visibly troubled. He was tall with thick black hair and sweaty curls falling on his forehead. His eye's were sky blue with a hint of sadness.

She knew she had to know more about this young man who'd touched her heart.

He slowly began telling her his story, a daddy in prison for life, his mother remarried to a man he couldn't relate to. The whole town looked down on him his entire life for his father's crime.

He then asked her about herself. " Who are you? What's your name? " She told him that she'd been raised by her grandmother after both parents were killed in an automobile accident when she was two years old, and my name is Linda.

She told him that she lived down the street in a small apartment.

Just out of the blue, she asked him if he was hungry, " Starved " he said. They enjoyed a rotisserie hot dog on a bun, a coke and lots of getting acquainted.

Jessie told her that he needed a job and a place to live. Linda remembered a man who'd stopped in last week looking for help down at the docks, he'd left his card with a phone number. Jessie called and a meeting was scheduled that evening. He told the man that he really needed a job and he would work any shift. He was hired on the spot. When he told Linda the good news, she smiled and told him he could stay with her. They could share expenses and it was walking distance to the docks. Jessie's boss was impressed with his work and he was quickly moved up the ladder to using a forklift moving inventory inside.

Linda and Jessie were content and happy together.

One day She asked him if he ever wanted to see his dad, he thought long and hard before answering, he said, " Yes, sometimes I think about him. " Linda told him that they would go together to visit him. They both got the weekend off to go see him in Houston, which was not too far away. Linda was a careful driver and they had fun listening to CD'S and singing along.

When they reached the prison, Jessie was nervous and had a worried look on his face. Linda hugged him and told him that she loved him and had a good feeling that everything would be ok. When Jessie's father appeared behind the glass enclosure his eye's lit up, recognizing Jessie immediately. Jessie felt like he was looking into a mirror they looked so much alike.

After that first initial visit, they went often to see him. He told Jessie that he was sorry for all the hardship he'd put him through and told him, " I'm proud of you son. "

Jessie felt like a new person. He finally realized he'd found happiness with Linda. They ' tied the knot ' and moved to a small home close to their work and got busy working on the family they both wanted.

Jessie knew he'd been given a second chance and he held on tightly, never to repeat his daddie's mistakes.



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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

It's not often we hear about successful relationships that start out this rocky. You've done a great job telling this tale. Awesome.


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

The power of love, my friend. It can warm a young man's heart for sure. :) Thanks for sharing a positive message, Ruby!


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

This was great Ruby. Starting from such sadness and finding not only happiness, but himself in the process. Your introductory poem sounds just like a good old cowboy song!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

It seems Jessie was in the right place at the right time, if that even makes sense given the circumstances. At least he learned his lesson before making a dreadful mistake. Nice story, Ruby!


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Lovely story; amazing what kindness and tolerance can do. Nicely written.

Ann


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Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

Your stories are always a pleasure to read. Well done!


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WillStarr 21 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent, Ruby Jean, and I hope they do well!


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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Oh, Ruby, you have such a unique pattern of writing - always switching bad to good, not allowing the bad to be punished, but to come to their senses in order to live happily ever after with the good. Well done!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Second chances DO come.

What a lovely story...I love a story that speaks of the possibilities that await us if we are open to them.

voted up++++ and shared g+

Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. Thank you for the awesome comment. Happy you enjoyed my story.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

A short story that makes the heart happy! :) I can't help but think of their children one day asking ... "How did you meet daddy?" What a tale Jessie and Linda could tell! :)


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill. I agree. Love is a beautiful thing. Thank you my friend.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mary. There ' ain't ' nothing any better than a good old country/ cowboy song. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. I like your nice story comment. I think it was meant to be. It was time for him to find some kindness in a world that treated him badly. Thank you much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. Yes, it could've gone the other way if not for kindness. Thank you for a nicely written comment..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Thank you Larry. nice to know you enjoy reading my stories. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Will. I hope so too. Thank you for reading and commenting..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie. You know me, I like happy endings. I'm so glad to see you on my page. Thank you. Be well my friend..


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mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby. You have gotten so good at weaving fictious tales. That is some starting block for two young people to begin their life together.


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

A wonderful love story about second chances. It must have been fate that Jessie chose Linda to hold up. If it was anyone ee he'd probably be in prison beside his dad. Thanks for the happy ending Ruby.


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Sara Sarwar Riaz 21 months ago from Michigan, USA

What a wonderful way to narrate the provision of second chances in life, often encountered in the confines of true love. Loved the happy ending above all.


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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

'Against all odds', Ruby style...it doesn't get any better! Loved this, dear friend.


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cam8510 21 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I love your story, Ruby. She is a brave young lady who knows when to take a chance. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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sujaya venkatesh 21 months ago

a loveable narrative


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello ps, everyone deserves a second chance. Thank's for sharing my story.


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clivewilliams 21 months ago from Nibiru

Sad but happy ending, second chances must be given in life, if not for second chances or even third chances many good people would not have been here today. Many inventions would not have been made. God loves and protects the Good of heart always.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Subshine. Ha, I never thought of that. It might be a good lesson for their child, then maybe they won't tell. I'm glad it made your heart happy. Thank you much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. It's so much fun to weave a story. Who would've ' thunk ' that I would be writing stories after a lifetime of nursing? Thank you for a nice compliment. Hugs...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Jodah. I like to think that fate stepped in to save Jessie from a life of crime and a chance to reconcile with his dad, of course I'm a romantic, so love had to fit in too. Thank you so much..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Sarah. It seems like Linda needed someone to love as much as Jessie. I'm thrilled that you like my story. Thank you so much...


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dahoglund 21 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Sometimes love will overcome difficulties. voted up and sharing.


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Minnetonka Twin 21 months ago from Minnesota

What a heart-warming, feel good story. I always believe there is hope for those who have had a difficult past. I'm glad Jessie made a choice to be a better man, but that woman was a big part of his second chance. Beautiful short story Ruby.


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DDE 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

People who shared a troubled life in their early years are often bothered with the same issues when older. Sometimes the choices one make can affect their lives in a better way in a much later time. Great story.


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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

a tale of choice.. wow this was amazing always.. a powerful family saga and a personal compelling odyssey.. voted up and awesome my friend :)


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Boy are you catching up today! Thank you so much. Hugs.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Cam. Thank you for the awesome vote. So glad you liked my story..


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Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

We all deserve a second chance in this life for we all mess up. I am glad he chose not to mess up so big that there was no turning back. So glad love came knocking. Love covers a multitude of sins!

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello sujaya. Thank you for a lovable comment...


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. I totally agree with you. We all need second chanches, sometimes three or four. Thank you..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dahoglund. I agree. Love solves many problems. Thank you for sharing..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Wow Clive, typo, ' chanches ' hee. Me bad.


DJ Anderson 21 months ago

Ruby you are stepping out, testing your wings with different

type stories, and I think you are doing an awesome job.

So sad when young men mess up their lives and end up in prison.

I went to college with twin young women whose father had gotten

drunk and ended up in a fight and he killed a man with his gun.

He had life in prison for doing something very stupid. The twins would not talk of him. I do not know if they ever visited him.

I loved your story with its happy ending.

Way to go, Ruby!

DJ.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Linda. Yes, if Jessie had stopped at a store where there was no compassion, he'd probably be serving time with his father. I'm so glad you liked my story. Thank you much.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. I agree. Sometimes when a person is born into a loveless family, the bad luck follows them throughout life, but every so often they are able to break that mold and do well. Thank you for coming by.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. I love your comment. You nailed the story, spot on. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Theresa. Your comment, " Love covers a multitude of sins. " is very true. Thank you for sharing my story..


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DJ. I guess I am trying new things in my writing, it's fun to put a story together. I'm so glad you approve. Your comment brought a smile. Thank you so much...


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radhikasree 21 months ago from Mumbai,India

A lovely story filled with suspense. The feeling of crime can be overcome by the heavenly feeling of love.

Voted up, beautiful and awesome!! Sharing too.


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree. Always nice to see you on my page. Thank you for the beautiful comment..


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Psasbury 21 months ago from Austin, Texas

What an awesome and heart felt story. I'm from a small town in Texas, but always driving distance from Houston also, and I could really relate to this. Thank you for the moving expressions of love!


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Psasbury. Nice to meet you. I'm glad you could relate to my story. I lived in Houston for about five years back in the 80's. I must say that events like robbing a store were very common. Thank you for coming by..


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The Examiner-1 21 months ago

That had real pizzazz Ruby! It was a great poem with a wonderful story to follow it. I also loved that song - it is one of my favorites with two of my favorite singers. I voted it across the board (except funny), shared it and pinned it.

Kevin


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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kevin. I'm so glad you liked my story and felt they had real ' pizzazz ' Willie and Waylon are two of my favorites too. Thank's for sharing my story....


Tammy 11 months ago

Ruby that was a bitter sweet story. It just warmed my heart.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tammy. Bitter sweet is a good critique of this story. I'm so glad it warmed your heart. Thank you..Hugs.

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.



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