A medically retired, 100% disabled navy veteran, nurse and college instructor. Earned two master's degrees because she was told she couldn't. Has published medical articles and small works. Was also a journal reviewer.
Justin, Christine, and Larry were returning to campus after a weeklong spring break in Miami. They just put Jacksonville behind them when Christine mentioned that she was hungry and had to go pee. A few exits later, Larry who was driving, spotted a sign that had a restaurant and restroom icon. He pulled off at Route 17 and drove his 2006 silver Buick in the direction the signs pointed. They were one the road for a number of miles, but never came upon any restaurants or even a gas station. Thirty minutes later, a large road sign saying “You Are Now Entering Florida” came into view. Christine was getting desperate by now, so they pulled over so she could run behind some trees and relieve herself.
Thorn of the Rose Ch. 1
"Well, what are they saying?" "Shhh I can't hear them with you talking.” Trish'ka focused her attention on the small grove of trees fifty yards from where she and Brianni lay. Despite the driven rain and wind Trish’ka was able to hear the words from within, where the officers were gathered. Her hearing was thought to be similar to the gifted craft that many of the mystical Kujatai possessed, but nobody ever knew of a non-gifted saantai having such well-defined senses. She also had unusual eyes. They were purple, and when her mood was right, actually seemed to glow. Sometimes when Trish’ka became angry, her pupils almost looked cat-like, elongating into slits. Brianni was certain it was an illusion, but it did make her look exotic.
Thorn of the Rose Ch. 2
Facial pain ripped through Trish’ka, waking her. Her head throbbed and her tongue stung horribly. She was pretty certain it had been bitten through and most of her teeth were shattered or missing where she struck the…rocks? She opened her left eye slowly. The other was swollen shut. Although her vision was blurred, Trish’ka could make out the shapes of objects and realized she was in some sort of room. The damp, musty smells were mixed with various spicy scents with an underlying odor of earth and sweetness. A small lamp burned on a short square wooden table in the right corner, casting a flickering shadow against the walls. She could make out that the walls were stone with dark moss growing in the mortar seams.
Thorn of the Rose Ch. 4
Once Trish’ka was gone, those who had heard the commotion and seen the flames raced her way. Kujatai and town folk quickly formed bucket brigades. Despite their efforts, there was no saving the barn that had been Meerna’s and thusly Ram’L’s command post and lodging. Almost all of her personal things were lost in the fire. Those unnatural flames refused to be extinguished by normal means and had to be allowed to burn out on their own. Instead, everyone worked to wet down the buildings that were near the barn. The best they could do was limit the damage. Ram’L, who was still in state of both physical and emotional shock had to be moved to a safe location. She didn’t have the strength to help in the effort which deeply bothered her.
Thorn of the Rose Ch. 3
Trish’ka tossed in what was a more disturbed sleep than she was already having. As the dead parts of her mind reawakened, distant images and voices began forming into memories. It was all coming back to her.
Thorn of the Rose Ch. 5
The tent flap was pulled back letting in the morning sunlight. Ram’L used her hand to shield her eyes. She could make out the dark form of someone stepping inside. Whoever it was didn’t announce their presence and stood there silently. When Ram’L’s vision adjusted, she saw a hooded figure in the tent entryway.
I no longer work. I have become ill and am now permanently disabled. This happens a lot with nurses. That’s what I was, a nurse. I worked in the field for almost 40 years. Nurses are in the position to change the world one person at a time. And on occasion, if we are lucky the patient’s that we are blessed to work with change us as well. I can cite many examples, but one situation will always stand out.