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

Updated on March 21, 2015
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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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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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Tammy 22 months ago

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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....

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      The Examiner-1 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Paul Asbury 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      DJ Anderson 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Faith Reaper 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years 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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      Devika Primić 2 years 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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      Linda Rogers 2 years 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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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Sometimes love will overcome difficulties. voted up and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Clive Williams 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      a loveable narrative

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      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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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

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

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years 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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      John Hansen 2 years 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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      mckbirdbks 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Patricia Scott 2 years 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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      Martie Coetser 2 years 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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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

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

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

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

      Ann

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years 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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      Mary Craig 2 years 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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      Bill Holland 2 years 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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      Peg Cole 2 years 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.