In the summer of 2012, Wolf Spiders declared war on my family with a sneak attack on my oldest son while he was working in the yard clearing brush. While the war has been waged on a low scale with few active engagements in the years since, this summer the Wolf Spiders have stepped up their offensive
Rick lost both legs below the knee in the war. He recovered and was a successful restauranteur on Buzby Beach. Then one night a voice from the past showed up at his bar.
Marissa, a girl from a small coastal town in eastern NC, and David, a boy from the lakes region of NH, meet at Spanaway Lake in western Washington State where he's a soldier and she attends college.
A young man spends a night on a sandbar and dreams of a girl he thinks he can never be with.
Jake comes home from Infantry School to an unhappy surprise.
Graduation day for Jake and the men of Charlie Company finally arrives.
Gabe brings Mort a very special collection mission.
Jake and Connor learn what Connor's father knows about their birth parents.
Jake and Charlie Company work their way through the first 8 weeks of Infantry School.
Some parents want their kids to learn, some only care if their grades are good even if they don't learn, and some don't care at all.
Jake and his COHORTS in what is now Cold Steel Charlie Company move into their new quarters and try out their new chow hall.
Wanda accompanies Jack to breakfast at the Crabby Stack.
Gabriel shows up with a complicated mission for Mort, and the complication is more emotional than procedural.
Jake and his COHORT Company arrive at Fort Benning and get a warm greeting from the training cadre.
Mort's first mission is to go after a drunken husband who deserves every bit of what is about to happen to him.
Wanda shows up in Buzby Beach unannounced and looking to send Jack a clear message. Will Jack be in a receptive mood?
A picnic dinner, a walk on the beach, making another date, and a promising goodnight.
Jack met Georgia for an innocent cup of coffee, more to make his mother happy than for any other reason. A date for a picnic dinner was not what he expected to leave the Parisian Bean with that morning.
In this age of gender fluidity and the resulting confusion for those trying to choose a singular pronoun, the answer is as old as Shakespeare.
Mort accepts that he's in Purgatory and that he's been chosen as a Soul Collector. Now he wants to know just what it is he's supposed to do next.
Jake and his cohorts ride across Georgia in commercial buses on their way to Fort Benning and the Infantry School.
Mort awakens to find himself in a late 19th Century cabin sitting across from Hank and wondering where he is and how he got there.
Jake's training company boards buses at Fort Jackson for the cross-Georgia trip to Fort Benning and the Infantry School.
Mort goes into the bar with his gun blazing and passes Sam's test.
The Company bully tries to intimidate Jake and gets a ticket home for his trouble.
Mort the Bounty Hunter meets Hank the Soul Collector while apprehending a particularly dangerous skip.
A knock on his front door wakes Jack up much too early.
Jake arrives at Fort Jackson just in time for dinner.
Life as a cop loses its appeal to Mort, and he seeks a different line of work.
Jack arrives at his Aunt Caroline's house, now his house, on Buzby Beach.
Jake gets off the plane in Columbia and gets introduced to Army life
Mort's quest for justice, some may call it vengeance, takes a step closer to fulfillment with help from a friend.
Everything Jack wasn't taking in his car was packed in the moving van. Everything in the van was headed for storage. Jack's old life was packed in a truck and ready to be left behind him.
It's Jake's last morning at home. He leaves for basic training at noon. Saying goodbye is never easy.
There was a shot, burning pain and then Mort wakes up in a hospital to learn his life has been ripped from him.
At the Graduation Dinner his family throws for Jake, his grandma Lilly lets him know what she thinks of him and Mandy being together.
The morning before Jake's graduation Mandy needs to know if they have hope for a future together.
An old girlfriend reenters Mort's life and the old spark flares.
Jack decides he doesn't want to stand around watching the movers pack up his life, so he leaves them to their work and finds another place to be.
Jake moves out of his mother's house and into Mandy's apartment for his last month before graduation. How hard will it be to say goodbye?
Staff Sergeant Mort Talley leaves the Army after 10 years in the Army, 8 in Special Forces, and 6 months in Iraq to become a cop in Boston, MA, his hometown.
Jack packs up the few things left in the house he wants to take with him and takes one last look around.
Jake's first love was ripped from him by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve. Five months later could he possibly have found a new love? And will he lose his mother's love, if he ever had it?
Jack isn't hurrying through his morning. Coffee, a V-8, and breakfast at the local diner. Then it's back to the house for some final packing.
Prom night arrives and, true to his word, Jake doesn't go. He and his friends hold a party on the beach instead. The night holds a surprise for Jake; a surprise he never dared hope for.
Jack Callaghan lost his wife in a tragic auto accident. After nearly 6 months, he takes his first steps into the rest of his life.
Why did Jake decide to join the Army? Was if because of Genna's accident? Or was it something more insidious? Read the next installment and learn why Jake chose enlistment over education.
In this 1st Installment of the Jake Michaels Story, 17-year-old Jake enlists in the Army with his father's drunken permission; prompted to do so after the tragic death of his girlfriend Jenny.
Still trying to digest the idea of a date with Georgia, Jack heads to Wilmington on a furniture and electronics hunt.
Jack wakes up early and takes a walk around the town of Buzby Beach before enjoying a dip in his pool. Later, he'll meet Georgia at the Parisian Bean for coffee. Jack hasn't decided if he's looking forward to that or not.
The Shoreside Sharks last non-coference game of the season took place on a rainy Friday night. Could they keep up their unbeaten streak or would the falling rain be their downfall?
Even an old dog can learn new tricks and Jack had learned that the best way to keep up with the people he cared about was by being online. Everyone he new except his father was on Facebook.
Over Jack's dinner and Corie's fries they both have to decide if they are on a date or not, and they both start to hope the other thinks so.
Much to Jack's surprise he runs into Corie on the pier. Jack thinks it's just a chance meeting, but did Corie leave it all up to chance?
During his first weeks on the island Jack meets many interesting people, each of whom, it seems, has something to share with him to help him get back to living life.
To appease his mother, Mary, Jack attends Mass and is introduced to Georgia, a woman who may understand what he is going through, and then some.
15-year-old Sabine was raped by her older sister's boyfriend when she was 12. Her sister thinks Sabine led the boy on. Dad thinks Sabine was asking for it. Mom's too drunk to care. Sabine desperately needs some coastal healing. This is her arrival at Buzby Beach.
The second night on the island the loneliness is more poignant as the advantage of fatigue isn't there to help deaden Jack's mind and help him find sleep.
The empty house needs to be filled. Jack realizes some basic housekeeping supplies and a few groceries are a must. He doesn't like it, but he needs to go shopping.
Young drivers so often get caught up in what's going on in the car, sometimes to their peril.
High school years can be fraught with strong emotions, deep resentments, actions with tragic consequences, and unlikely heroes.
Michael's son Declan has graduated college and will soon be leaving to start his military career, but not before father and son share one last sail around the lake.
The farm I lived on when I first married had an old tobacco barn behind the house and there was one slat on the barn broken off at the lower corner that always drew my attention.
Ronnie didn’t find out until he was twenty-two years old that the man he’d called Dad all his life wasn’t really his father.
Trevor had never attended any of his high school reunions. He hadn't planned to attend this one.