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Revenge, Inc. Part 25: A Short Story

Updated on May 4, 2010

Author's Note:

Hello everyone and welcome back. So as to not confuse you, the section here titled "A Friend In Need" actually picks up from where Revenge, Inc. Part 2 leaves off in the scene where Peter visits Marak at his dwelling. As you know, most of this story is told in flashbacks, so if it'll help you, please read Part 2 so as to get reacquainted with what's going on. You could however skip Part 2, as I believe there's enough here to not confuse you too much.

I'd like to again thank Cris A for providing the last picture in this installment.  Hopefully, I'd like to work with him in designer a book cover for this NOVEL, but please don't tell him I said so, as I want it to be a surprise (ha ha).

Before writing this installment, I thought it would be easier than it actually was. As always, I did my best to organize my thoughts and share it in a somewhat coherent manner. If you do have any questions or if any of this does confuse you, please reach out to me in your comments. I'd love hear what you have to say. Please enjoy!

-ODP

I've noticed that week after week, more and more people are coming by and so are taking a sneak-peek at what's going on so far. Although I am flattered by the interest in this work of mine and appreciate the curiosity, I highly suggest that for those of you that haven't yet, to please begin reading this story beginning with of course Part One. Click on the link below to get started.

Revenge, Inc. Part 1

Revenge, Inc. Part 2

Revenge, Inc. Part 3

Revenge, Inc. Part 4

Revenge, Inc. Part 5

Revenge, Inc. Part 6

Revenge, Inc. Part 7

Revenge, Inc. Part 8

Revenge, Inc. Part 9

Revenge, Inc. Part 10

Revenge, Inc. Part 11

Revenge, Inc. Part 12

Revenge, Inc. Part 13

Revenge, Inc. Part 14

Revenge, Inc. Part 15

Revenge, Inc. Part 16

Revenge, Inc. Part 17

Revenge, Inc. Part 18

Revenge, Inc. Part 19

Revenge, Inc. Part 20

Revenge, Inc. Part 21

Revenge, Inc. Part 22

Revenge, Inc. Part 23

Revenge, Inc. Part 24

Echoes of Her

When the sun sets, I reunite with the night: I take it all in, breathe it in, and become one with it. I listen for my cue so I can react. Whenever it’s too silent, I get nervous, because a city this big shouldn’t ever be so quiet. It’s simply unnatural for it to be. I’m bent on hearing the slightest of sounds to set me off into a fury, which sends me running. But tonight it's different. There’s just so much on my mind. As I’m crouched over Saint Augustine's steeple with the city of Valhalla unobstructed and below me, my thoughts escape me and so brings me back to the last conversation I had with Rayna:

“What is it that you want from me, Rayna?” I asked her. I could still see her tears, her innocence. It pained me to see her that way. I could see her as both the little girl I met once so many years ago and the beautiful woman that stood before me for the first time at Saint Augustine’s.

“YOU, Cody…All I want and will ever want is YOU. I know about your past and of course you know about mine… Neither of us can change that or change our pasts and I can’t change the way I feel about you…I consider myself one of the lucky few who know you and know of you. Most of the people in Valhalla think you’re some kind of ghost or phantom because you’re rarely ever seen. Already, you’re a living legend in Valhalla. You’re exactly what this city needed. You’re exactly what I need.” After some thought, I responded back:

“Well, I’m not so sure about that…I do what I do because of what’s been done to Haley.” I then placed my hand upon my heart: “Do you see this? Revenge is very much in me. Revenge is in my heart. It courses through me like venom, this hatred…”

“That isn’t hatred, Cody. It’s love. The love for her is what kept you going all this time. Though she’s gone, she keeps you alive. Your love for Haley is what saved you. Your love for Haley is what saved me from my father that night four years ago…How many countless others have you also saved?”

“I don’t think you understand. I’m not a good person.”

“How are you NOT a good person? You bring balance to this city!”

“I wasn’t a good father, Rayna. If I was, Haley would be alive today.”

“That’s not true.”

“How would you know?”

“Because you can’t blame yourself for the actions of others. That’s something that's beyond your control, Cody.” I ignored her.

“Can’t you see? None of this would’ve happened…None of this would’ve NEEDED to happen.”

“I don’t want to say this, but everything does happen for a reason, Cody, whether you like it or not…I’m sorry.”

“I’d take it all back if I could, just so I'd have Haley back, just so I could tell her that I'm sorry.” At this point, Rayna takes both my hands. I could feel her--She was the opposite of everything I was feeling.

“I know you would, but you can’t. You know, I always knew that somehow or way I’d find you—whether through your father or on my own. Every night, I'd look out my bedroom window and wondered if I’d see you somewhere, perhaps when you came out of the shadows. I hoped that the paths of our lives would somehow cross and that we’d meet again… I really hoped that we would.”

“That’s something that I don’t have.”

“What is?”

“Hope.” Her grip became tense.

“How can you say that? How can you possibly have no hope when you bring so much hope to others? This world needs you. I’ve suffered in my life and you’ve suffered in yours. In everything there is an end and a beginning as well. It was at Mary Of Grace that I learned this. I learned that in the aftermath, my suffering in the hands of my father was a choice. I was told that I could suffer for as long as I wanted, and that if I wanted, I could begin my life without having to suffer—that I could revert back to being miserable and feeling sorry for myself at any time, but ultimately, I had a choice. I chose life, Cody. I chose hope.” I was exhausted. When looking into her eyes, I realized that she was the embodiment of exactly what she believed.

“So what if I do follow that same path and it leads to no end?”

"But don't you see? The hope of a good end is all that really matters! The only thing that's holding you back is fear. Fear is preventing you from finding the happiness you lost. It's not the rapists, or drug traffickers, or gangsters that you fear, Cody. You've known death and corruption, pain and suffering, pain and regret..."

"So what are you saying?"

"That you're afraid of tearing your walls down and opening up to let me love you. You're afraid of happiness. You're afraid of opening up to me, because if you do, you think that you're going to somehow lose me..."

"I don't have to hear this."

"Don't you?" She's cries. "You know it to be true. You've thought about this already. I look into your eyes and know I'm right!"

A Friend In Need

“So where is he?” Freddy said. The two of them had their hands in their jacket pockets. They were growing impatient and cold and I was late.

“Don’t worry, he’ll be here. If I had to venture a guess, he’s double-checking to see if you brought any of your troopers. He’s not a big fan of the Valhalla Police Department and rightly so. He wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing if you guys did your jobs.”

“Well, that is partly why we’re here, aren’t we? If that tight-wad would just open up the books...”

“Yes, of course. And that’s why we’re calling on him...”

“You called?” I said from out of the shadows. Both Peter and Freddy jumped. Freddy reached for his holster and Peter smiled. I should’ve known better, his look said. “Why am I not surprised? How long were you standing there?”

“Long enough,” I said. From the corner of my eye, I saw Freddy making his way to greet me, but I stopped him before he could. “Save the introduction, I know who you are. Did you bring the other files?” Peter handed me an accordion file five-inches thick.

“It’s all there. The money laundering, the payouts, the restitution of some of the most notorious criminals Valhalla has ever known.” Freddy chimed in:

“Mayor Edmonds has his attack dogs at the ready; he now has an army large enough to take down the entire Valhalla police force that's at his beckon call.”

“And tell me again why he'd want to do this?”

“So he can be given military aid. With the police force gone, Valhalla will be in a state of anarchy. Under the new law, he’ll be recognized as the unquestioned leader and ‘protector of Valhalla’ and so will be given complete control of such as Valhalla would be under Martial Law. From there and out he can do whatever he pleases. All rights and freedoms of the people of Valhalla would be abolished…” I then looked at Freddy who looked like he wanted to add something but then thought better of it. “I thought this through Marak. The corruption in this town runs deeper than you think—all the way down to the Supreme Court justices in Washington. No court in this land is going to prosecute him, not even with all the evidence you now hold in your possession that would be placed against him.”

“So what are you suggesting? I really hope it isn’t what I think.”

“You can’t possibly ask me to do that…You can’t be serious.”

“I’m afraid there’s no other way. C’mon, Marak. Think it through. There’s a stack of reasons you’re holding right now that suggests that you do. We’re not talking about some ordinary purse snatcher here, dammit. We’re running out of time!  At any moment he can drop the hammer and then we’ll all be screwed.” I shook my head in disbelief.

“I need some time to think.” I then turned around and began walking away. It was pure madness. Never before had anyone asked me to kill anyone. It was unconscionable.

Family Reunion

Once again, it was Haley’s birthday and Adrianna’s death day all the same. I have yet to forget that day, as it was equally filled with both joy and sadness. There were tears of joy and tears of pain. Nothing could keep me from visiting them that particular day, not even death. Of course one must remember that I’m supposed to be dead. Cody MacLaren was a dead man—the coroner said so and one the three headstones before me confirms it. Most believed that the three of us were reunited by bloodshed and that all three of us were “Resting in Peace” but of course that isn’t true. The MacLaren Site was the saddest and the most visited tomb in all of Valhalla Cemetery. People came by to pay their respects, leave some flowers, and shook their heads…I’m the only guy I know that was eventually going to die twice. When the day comes when I’m too tired to swing my katana or have lost too much blood to fight anymore, I’ll lay down for real and finally make peace with the world all around me, whether or not I find the many eyes of my enemies. And why shouldn’t I die a horrific death? If I choose to live by the sword, shouldn’t I die by the sword as well? It sure seems fitting if you ask me.

When it was that I finished my silent prayer to each of them, I finished off with”May both of you rest in peace.” I wondered if any of this would ever get easier and realized that the answer would most assuredly always be “No.” I succumbed to the fact that the pain wouldn’t ever go away, no matter how many years would pass. And just like all the times before, I gave each of them a kiss and found it difficult to stand on my two feet. I then turned around and made my way outside the gates.

“Hello, Cody,” a familiar voice said from behind. “It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?”

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Very thoughtful. I really enjoyed it, especially the pictures.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you Philipo for being the first to comment. Yes, Cris A created another gem!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      I thought I would be late in reading this. Glad to see you just published it (thought I missed being the first to comment again). The 'project' with the mayor looks intriguing. Cody is turning out to be a first - class vigilante. Wonder if he'll take the offer :). And the last line, I can't wait to read who is greeting him. Certainly somebody from the past but which one - the Cody past or the Marak past :). Can't wait to read the next installment and advance happy Easter dohn :).

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Yes Revenge lives on. :) Hmm will Marak cross the line and kill? I think so since its for the ultimate good of all. Anther great installment, keep them coming Dohn.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      It's always great to hear from you, Emie! You're so perceptive, you know that? I like the fact that you can disambiguate between the character of Cody and that of the character of Marak. Doing so is definitely important! This installment was difficult in that I had to "set-up" the scenes in which I will later build upon. It was imperative that I do.

      Yes, I've said this time and again, but more to come ;) Happy Easter to you too, buddy!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Great to hear from you again, my friend! Yes, the tension is certainly mounting (well, at least that was what I had in mind :P ) More to come, my man!

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      "In everything there is an end and a beginning as well."

      my favourite line, this time around.

      And OMG, how you mange to make it a super awesome cliff hanger every time!!!! :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi, DM. It's great to see you here as always. I fought over Rayna's line over and over and so settled on the fact that she is indeed wise beyond her years (much like the real "Rayna"). Of course I like that you like it as well!

      I hope you're ready for the next installment ;)

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      of course. I hope you are too. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Awesome :) I think you're going to like what you find! And yes, I'm ready!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      dohn, Another good chapter and we'll wait to see it if Marak makes the kill. This has been such a good story.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Pamela. That's the final thought on everyone's mind. His decision will ultimately change the course of this entire story. Thank you as always for your support!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Wow, this is suspense, and I cant wait again for the next installment Cody, este Marak, este DOHN, sometimes I get too ceoncentrated reading this story and I am so immersed with the words and I can feel it is you who is talking or in the story.

      Dohn this is a lovely piece, no doubt, I am just sitting here reading it and I can feel what Rayna said about Cody being scared to love and lost, and now I could feel the love lost, pain as well in Raynas voice when she said those last words, I am taking the scene into my own experience and yes I can understand her, but I can also understand Cody, it is not easy to love again, to lose two precious people and yet try it again, the heart can get numbed at times, but I hope there is sitll room for love. I hope Cody could feel love again,

      And that scene at the cemetery again Dohn, it always brings me so much "emotion" when you remember them -- Haley and Adrianna, am choked at times. it is like loving is too short and forgetting is too long. And your words are so touching.

      I can seee also that Cody cares for Valhalla, it is obvious in his concern of the place and I like best your opening sentence, lovely, "When the sun sets, I reunite with the night: I take it all in, breathe it in, and become one with it."

      And the revenge, I don't know whether Cody will take matters into his hands, lets see.

      Thank you Dohn, a perfect ten, thank thank you, you're an awesome writer!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      It keeps on rolling with mental anguish and excitement at the same time. You are certainly o0n the roll.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Maita. Wow, where to begin? I've never wrote anything like this before. Sure, I've written stories like The Absence of Aurora and See You in the Bahamas in which show hints of the macabre and madness, but nothing like this in which a comic book-like harbors such emotional depth. I wanted the reader to sink their teeth into his psyche and empathize somehow with everything that's going on in his world, to show the pain of loss and suffering. Just as juneaukid stated, there is much mental anguish that is exhibited here by Marak. All in all, I want this story to gain some recognition in that a story of this fashion can gain some notoriety in the literary realm, rather than the comic book story realm. It would indeed mean so much to me if it does somehow get respected by the higher-ups in the literary field, much the same way Alan Moore's "The Watchmen" was recognized by Time Magazine as being one of the Best Books of the Twentieth Century. Maybe this will get SOME recognition, ha ha.

      Whenever I read your comments here, I start to blush! I feel as if you are standing in front of me and so are shooting from the hip your thoughts and feelings about this story. One of the things I feared when first coming to HubPages was whether or not others would read and comment on my work. As writers and artists, we feed off of the reaction of others. We need to know what others think of our work! We're just so damn needy! I think the reason why is because we put so much into our work and to get just some approval is well worth all the effort we put forth.

      Thanks and Salamat, Maita! You certainly know the way to my heart ;)

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, juneaukid! Yes, you hit the nail right on the proverbial head. Marak's got his share of conflicting thoughts. Until next time!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Another interesting read. As sweet as Rayna is - the timing just seems wrong as Cody has demons to deal with. I think until he faces those who hurt his family, there can't be any closure for him and he won't be able to start a relationship.

      I'm looking forward to knowing whose voice was at the end of the Chapter. Hope he or she is not Trouble. lol. That poor guy needs some peace.

      Thanks again Dohn. :)

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed this hub.Very well done.

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      Keira 7 years ago

      Hi my dear friend Dohn, like I told you in my ex coment, we are away for the weekend. We are in the contryside of England. Beautiful place, but it was verry hard for us to find a computer.. We had to read it today, I could'nt wait until I go back home.:)Brilliant part again. We loved it. So from my husband and I, we thank you verry much for the lovely journey. I know that "Revenche" will end soon,I will be sad but I know you will have some more brilliant work coming. I trust you for that my wonderful writer. Bless you bro:)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Elena. Geez, the things I want to say but can't! No, this isn't the right time for him just yet. All the pieces are in place for some good plot line and of course you'll agree when the final installment does arrive.

      It really is a relief to have finally written some of these scenes as they've been living memories inside my mind for some time now. That "voice" is extremely important and next week, rest assured, the voice will be revealed to all.

      Thanks so much, Elena. It's always a pleasure to hear what you think.

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, E.Plus. I'm glad you did and appreciate it.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Keira! One of these days I'm going to have to come over just so I can visit all of these wonderful places you speak of :) That's so funny how your anticipation to read this story has you searching high and low for a computer! It's such an honor to hear that my "followers" are making such strides just to get an update of my work. It means a lot that I have such a "following." You never fail to flatter me, my friend! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and holiday! Thanks as always my friend :D

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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Hi Dohn. Wonderful work. I get to learn from your unique style of writing. This is truly an incredible bunch of folks. Thanks Budz

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Budz. I really appreciate the compliment. I hope to see you again soon.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great work as the entire story has been, Your writing is intense and faced pace. No one could ever hit a slow spot in your Story. Your charters are well detailed to the point that they seem like some one I actually have talked to before. You add a new twist in almost every segment, and you keep people guessing. I am waiting for the next segment. Thanks Dohn.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks so much, Truth. To be honest, I tried making this story as organic as possible. I didn't want to force anything, but as hard as I tried, I think that some of it was, due to some time constraints. I really do like the characters in this story, as they all are, for the most part, strong centralized characters. Thank you so much for the feedback.

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      Sound Wall 7 years ago

      This was a good story

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Sound Wall. I appreciate your comment.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      This story gets better and better. I got lost in the last installment or so: I went back and re-read from the beginning. This is a real sterling installment, and it DID go with Part II...I'm glad I took the time to re-read.

      Now. Dohn. Don't be angry with me if I ask you for a favor. Would you like me to print these out and send them to a Creative Writer instructor from one of my old schools, to see if he could help with publishing? I haven't contacted him in a long time, and I feel I would need your permission, first, to even start the ball rolling.

      I know you have your own avenues set up, your own prospects in mind, and have done the work to generate publishing interest in the whole book.

      If this suggestion is unacceptable to you in any way, please don't be shy of letting me know.

      The school I'm referring to is the State University at Brockport.

      Please send me an email to say yeah or nay.

      Thank you!

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      dohn121- This was fantastic, but I think I missed the last part of the series! And here I thought I was keeping up :-(

      time to back track................. and once again......... great job!

      Kaie

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Paradise7. It's great to hear that you enjoyed reading this as always. I remember a time when I thought you'd be reluctant to read this as it was too violent for what you were akin to reading. However, I was flattered when you went ahead and read this anyway, despite your misgivings of violence--fictional or otherwise.

      To answer your question, I don't mind if you do. I'm making a big push to find an agent this summer--actually I have two waiting in the wings as I'm writing this for my autobiographical novel about my family immigrating from Laos during the post-Vietnam War era. I still have to finish editing that! My own college professor at SUNY New Paltz (who's the head of the Creative Writing department there) is awaiting my edited version so we can compare notes and put together a proposal package.

      So, yes, that's fine, Paradise. I appreciate that you want to do that. And no, I'm not the slightest bit angry or offended, rather I'm flattered that you'd want to do that. Please email me should you have any concerns or questions. I also welcome your advice and comment and you should know that by now! Thank you so much for the inquiry.

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Kaie! I'm glad that your doing that :D Sometimes I'll read a book and then due to the fact that I "lost my way," I would of course have no other choice but to go back and get reacquainted with the current story line. Thank you again!

      Dohn

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      cosette 7 years ago

      i hope this isn't foreshadowing... in any case, it's brilliant. you pulled this story from inside you and i know it didn't happen to you but it's written so well that you believe every word. have you thought about turning this into a screenplay also? it would make a great film!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      (((BLUSHES))) Thanks, sweetie. I really do see the scenes in this story much the same way others will view a movie. It's a dream of mine to see this be made into a movie.

      I've actually never wrote a screenplay before, but I'd sure like to see some takers if at all possible ;)

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      Justine76 7 years ago

      about the movie, write to Fiery!!!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hmmm...I got a bone to pick with that guy. He doesn't call, doesn't write. He better be busy! :D No, he really loves the story. He and I have talked about it. I don't think I'll write the screenplay--someone else will have to do it (and then of course pay me for the rights). Time will tell!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hey Dohn, it is flooding there in North CT, are you ok, take care there and you are a great writer DOHN, and thank you for always moving me beyond wheh I read your work, plus your heart is golden as well, You will always have a FAN in me, Maita

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Oh, Maita. You're so thoughtful to have mentioned that. Yes, there is a lot of flooding in Connecticut right now, but I've been lucky as it really didn't effect my area as it did other places. I'm actually moving out on Friday (no, not due to the flooding) to get back to NY, to the very same town and place I moved from. I'm very very excited. I'll be writing a hub about it (surprise, surprise). Never mind a FAN, you are indeed a good friend.

      (((HUGS))))

      Dohn

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      MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago

      Great story!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, MordechaiZoltan! What happened to your avatar?

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      another great part to a great story, but I had to go back and reread part 2, so that's still cool as well.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I hope youre ok moving and its ok I or We can wait for the installment hehe, take your time! Take care, Maita

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      This story is simply great. I enjoyed it very much. Well done. Enjoy.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Hi Dohn - sorry I haven't been visiting much lately...my bad...but you know the drill...work, work, work LOL! Finally managed to get caught up with your story - great work! Love the final picture, Cris A sure did an awesome job...I think it works really well with the story! I will do my best to keep up from now on ;)

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hey dohn, how are you? It's been two weeks since your last installment in this series and am just wondering if you're busy or something. Hope you're doing okay.

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      dohn121-- when oh when is teh next one? PS getting close to the big 1,000.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Dohn, me again...

      don't want to trouble you with an email but hope you are fine as you haven't been online for a long time. Congrats, your fanbase is now 1,000.

      Wishing you well.

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Congrats on the 1,000 fans and have missed seeing you about, I hope all is well with you my friend.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Rebecca. Thanks for doing that! I thought it be helpful with all of the flashbacks involved in this story.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Maita. Yes, I'm now back in action. I didn't have proper internet for nearly 2 weeks, so it's been torture to say the least! Salamat for dropping by :D

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Aaron. I really am happy to hear that and appreciate the compliment. Thanks.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Enelle. It's great to hear from you and better still that you're still following this story. Cris A and I will one day work together on a professional level (I hope). Until then, I'll certainly ask him for as much advice as possible concerning any and all book covers! Thank you so much for reading this. More to come soon ;)

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hello, Emie. Yep, as you know I'm back and will be doing my best to deliver the "goods" very soon. I'm much more busier than I've ever been but rest assured, Part 26 will be out soon. Thanks for checking up on me buddy...Salamat!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Part 26 should be ready by Friday (scout's honor). I was floored to see that I finally reached the BIG 1,000 whence I came back :) Thank you, Rebecca!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hi, Elena. Thanks for that! It was a pleasant surprise to find that I reached that milestone! Shari sent me my medal via email and I thought that was pretty cool. Revenge, Inc. Part 26 will be ready by Friday, I promise! Thanks so much for saying hello :D

      Dohn

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks for that Captain! I really appreciate the congrats. It's great to be back and it'll be better once I catch up on everyone else's hubs! See you soon!

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      great work on 1000, I am waiting for part 26. It is good to see your back.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Truth. It's great to be back and I assure you, Part 26 WILL BE READY by Friday!!!

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      When was this published? I got so used with you "missing" I didn't bother checking! I know, bad fan! Bad fan! Haha

      What can I say that I haven't said before? You are consistently good and I have been sounding like a broken record already! Glad to see you back and with great talent intact! :D

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Haha! This was the last hub I published before my new job and new place came into effect. I'm forcing myself to publish Part 26 by Friday (I missed last Friday, yeah yeah, I know...)

      So long as you keep reading me--that's all that really matters, bro. Thanks as always :D

      See you in Part 26?

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      lancelonie 7 years ago

      You publish interesting stories all the time, Dohn!

      Cool hub as always! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Fabulous as it unravels and carries on....and the last part leaves one wanting to know more...soon!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks lancelonie. I'm happy that you read this and enjoyed it. I appreciate your comment.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Shalini. I've been putting off on writing the next installment and so far have over promised on doing so two weeks in a row :( However, I'm going to do my best to make it happen soon! Stay tuned!

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      Truth from truth 7 years ago

      Glad to see your back Dohn, Ive been away myself I'm happy to see I have some catching up to do your epic story. Thanks.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, TFT. It's great to hear from you. Sometimes life does happen outside of HubPages, haha. I'm happy to see that you're still reading this. Thank you.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      "Hello Cody, it's been a long time hasn't it?" Now who could that be? (: v

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks again, Valerie. Again, it's great to hear from you and that I piqued your interest :D

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