The last three of the ten story collection of short stories by author Dan Meadows under the Watershed Tales name have been released and are now available for sale from Amazon. Click on the any of the buy links below to go directly to the Amazon sales page. Watershed Tales is a series of short stories totaling 5,000 or more words, each in its own self-contained ebook.
The Corn Snow
There’s something evil in the woods. No one quite knows what it is, but every five years, like clockwork, it returns to haunt one particular family, bringing with it a fierce storm marked by a rare, sleet-like precipitation called corn snow. Each time the storm comes, the unnamed evil claims a different family member as its own, no matter how hard they try to prevent it. But now, the family’s matriarch has had enough. Twenty years of watching the slow erosion of her family has left her old and alone. On this night, the storm approaches once again, but she’s ready. She will not be taken.
This edition of Watershed Tales also includes a bonus tale, One Step Ahead. After a horrible accident during a bad storm claims the life of his pregnant wife and their unborn child, Gil’s rage leads him to curse God himself for allowing such misfortune. Soon, however, he finds himself running desperately to stay ahead of the fate that had failed to claim his life with the rest of his family. Unwilling to simply lie down and accept it, Gil responds by fighting back the only way he knows how, by using the vindictive twist thrown at him to survive, staying just in front of the retribution always chasing him.
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Business Man is the fierce, self-anointed top predator of his realm, the great gleaming steel and concrete jungle. For so long now, he’s prowled the hunting grounds of these streets, seeking out new prey to fatten his bank account. He’s become so self-assured in his dominance that the mere notion of danger had become alien to him. Times are changing, however, and some of the weakest, least valuable inhabitants of his world have developed a new plan. They are turning the long-standing food chain on its head, and if Business Man isn’t careful, yesterday’s predator could very well turn into today’s prey.
This edition of Watershed Tales also contains two short bonus stories. First, Indifference tells of a world falling apart at the seams, death and destruction everywhere, and basic human compassion is the first casualty. Second, the messiah is faced with having to deal with modern day problems during an illegitimate and intrusive interaction during a random traffic stop by a police officer just trolling for someone to hassle in What Would Jesus Do?
The dreams had created an obsession so deep within Gary that he dragged himself, almost unthinkingly, out to the remote lighthouse in the middle of the night, risking the approaching onslaught of the storm, to find the answers. The woman in white he had seen every night for weeks had been calling to him, wanting him to solve the riddle the dreams had pounded into his head.
Through the darkness, the thunder, lightning and heavy winds, and the treacherous route to the isolated peninsula upon which the lighthouse stood, Gary risked it all to try and settle his tortured mind. But once he reached the beacon that had called to him so forcefully in his sleep, would he find the answers he sought, or only more questions?
This edition of Watershed Tales also contains the bonus tale, Yardwork. If you thought mowing the grass, pruning hedges or raking leaves in your yard was tough, try being Tom. In the ever-present struggle to maintain control over the forces of nature, and bring civilization to a comfortable suburban landscape, what do you do if the yard likes the way it is and doesn’t want or need your help?