Alan Gold lives in Texas. His novels, Stress Test, The Dragon Cycles and The White Buffalo, are available, like everything else in the world, on amazon.
Stress Test Ch. 20
Each day held everything Billey needed. He stashed water by the river and he peed in the tank. The sun darkened his bare chest. Black Wolf kept him company. Digging gave him all the exercise he could ever want. He looked forward to an extra bowl of beans at the end of the day.
Stress Test Ch. 16
He could never be sure when it would happen, but some days the men came by to check on Billey's progress. "That all the further you dug?" Elwood scowled at the hard-won pit, as long and wide as the tank, but no deeper than the boy's knees. "Might as well send you back to school if you can't dig no better than that. How'd ya like that, Billey?"
Stress Test Ch. 14
Billey didn't remember going to sleep, but daylight streamed through the cracks in the camper when he opened his eyes. Black Wolf panted and dabbed his tongue on Billey's neck, eager to get going. But Billey wasn't so sure he wanted to know what the world looked like today.
Stress Test Ch. 13
Rollingwood Park, the enclave where the Skinners lived, had Westmore Avenue's convenience without its downscale image. Rollingwood Drive fed directly into Westmore so the residents could make their way quickly to any part of the city. But when they stayed home, they never had to see or think about Westmore and its ugly utility.
Stress Test Ch. 11
Sandy slipped the car into park and turned off the engine. She took the red spiral notebook from the glove compartment and logged the date and odometer reading. She broke down the day's miles into those traveled to work and to the day care center. The trip to the pet shop fell under entertainment.
Stress Test Ch. 10
Tommy Lagocki called Billey his good buddy. Billey wasn't sure what that meant, but he liked it. He liked the way Tommy's green eyes lit up beneath his straight, blond hair when he talked to Billey. The other kids' eyes flashed with a different light when they looked at him.
Stress Test Ch. 9
Sandy and Saury made regular appearances on the pet shop circuit. They were never in much of a hurry to get home, so they stopped a couple times a week after Kid'n'Kaboodle, plus most Saturday mornings. Sandy liked the birds and fish, Saury the turtles, rodents and lizards.