The first three in an ongoing series of individually published, longer-form (5,000+ words) short stories from Dan Meadows is now available for sale. Each tale is a independent stand alone story for only 99 cents. Here are the first three in the series:
The Long Walk
What happens when your conscience is over-ridden by your orders? Is it better to simply do as your told, even when you find the actions abhorrent? And if you do, despite your better judgment, what kind of consequences will follow, if any?
In The Long Walk, a young cavalryman gets assigned the duty of escorting some particularly violent prisoners to their place of execution. The manner planned for the deaths of the condemned is particularly horrible, but no one questions their actions or orders until it’s far too late. Honor doesn’t supersede duty in the unforgiving desert, and the results are severe.
Kingdom of the Sick
It’s often been said that money can buy happiness, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, great wealth can create far more problems than it solves. For Ashley Blair, daughter of wealthy businessman Charles Blair, trouble and torment has been the story of her life.
The family home, and an almost ethereal garden hidden on the property, has been the one constant in her ever-shifting existence. Now that her father is nearing his own death, and the vultures of her siblings are circling to pick his bones for their inheritance, Ashe needs the solace of her childhood secret more than ever. But will she find that peace she desperately desires?
Faded Summer Leaves
You hear so much about the innocence of youth, but in truth, youth isn’t all that innocent. The same mean-spirited viciousness, rage and emotional trauma adults suffer through exists for the young, as well. And often, the lack of experience of youth amplifies the problem.
Growing up is a hard row to hoe sometimes, and for a small, scrawny little kid like Tommy, it can be even tougher. But everyone has their limits, even someone who you wouldn’t think could ever stand up for themselves. A group of young boys on an afternoon fishing excursion is the stuff of sweet anecdotes and quaint paintings. That is, until things go sour. On this particular day, Roy, the town bully, really should have kept his mouth shut.