Daily Prompt: Fortune

“Do you think you could love Alex?” Jared asked softly and Marina answered with a heavy sigh.

“Guess that answers that,” he mused, adding creamer to his coffee.

“As a human… I thought about it once, a long time ago. Well before I met Danny. But Alex never made a move., so I figured he wasn’t interested. And then I met Danny and he was so different from my asshole of an ex-husband…” She frowned.

“And now he’s no longer a human?”

She giggled. “I just mean, he’s not just any guy. He’s my brother-in-law, Mollie’s uncle… He’s so talented. His show is absolutely amazing. Danny would be so touched, so proud. And he’s an amazing uncle to Mollie.”


“But… I don’t know… I don’t know if I can forgive him for leaving when Danny died.”  She wiped a tear that trailed down her cheek. “I was suddenly a widow, a single mom with four kids… the only thing in my favor was that I get a small fortune for my divorce settlement from that cheating bastard, Shawn and child support from Kyle because Danny’s life insurance settlement took years to get because he died in a freaking terrorist attack, in the line of duty. It was a nightmare. And it wasn’t even just about finances. I could deal with that. I grew up without money, I could take care of myself and my kids.  I needed family. Luckily I had you. And where was Alex? He took off to London and wrote a brilliant musical expressing all of his pain…”

“To be fair, he did lose his brother.”

“I know that!” she snapped. “But I lost both of them!”



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Alex opened the door and smiled, welcoming Jared, Will and Adam into his apartment. “Welcome, gentlemen.”

“Welcome home, Alex,” Adam grinned, giving him a high five.

“Thanks! How goes it?” He took their coats and led them to the kitchen island that was masquerading as a bar. “What can I get you?”

Jared pointed to the bottle of water and Alex handed it to him. “Gracias.”

“Still alive and kicking after all this time,” Adam shrugged in response. “I’ll take a Jameson. Neat.”

Alex gave him a look of concern. “Man, you are an inspiration.” He grabbed a glass and poured the shot of Irish whiskey.

“Ha! HIV and I are old friends. It hasn’t killed me yet.”

Alex looked at Jared and Will. “Is he always this nonchalant?”

“Pretty much,”Will acknowledged. “I’ll take a Stella.”

Alex opened a bottle of Stella Artois and handed it to his producer.

“I’ve gone through many phases of this disease. Depression, denial, pleading, hopelessness, now, I have come to accept that I am HIV positive, but I am not symptomatic thanks to amazing medical breakthroughs in the twenty some years.”

“It’s amazing.”

Adam nodded. “When I was diagnosed I thought it was a death sentence… but now, I have hope that I’ll live another twenty years. I’m just going to relax and take it one decade at a time.” He smirked.



Daily Writing Prompts Challenge Disclaimer

So, I’ve been posting scenes from a novel that is floating around in my head. The characters: Marina Zarley, Alex Marquez, Mollie Jane Marquez, Jared Gray, etc. are original characters created by me. This story is set in NYC in the present. These scenes are in random order as the scene is inspired by whatever the daily word prompt is.

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Daily Prompt: Moody

Jared looked out the window at Marina’s penthouse view of Central Park.

“Thanks for coming,” she said, pouring two cups of coffee.

“Remember that dump you lived in when you first moved to the City?”

Marina smirked. “I loved it, but it had a lot to be desired.”

“Such as personal safety?”

“Exactly! It was like a different world moving to Everhouse.”

He smiled. “First place I’ve ever lived that felt like a family. Guess that’s why I still live there.”

Marina looked wistful  “Except for this fabulous view, I miss it.”

“Trade ya,” he grinned. “So, how is Mollie?”

“I do not know what I am going to do with her,” Marina replied with a frown. “I guess she’s being a typical moody teenager, right?”

“I’ll see your typical moody teenager and raise you one possibly bipolar twenty something.”

“Ugh,” Marina groaned. “I have been so preoccupied since Alex came home, I haven’t even asked how Ben was. I suck as a best friend.”

“You’re right, you do,” he teased.

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Daily Prompt: Fishing

“Hey, man,” Alex greeted Jared as he took a seat at the bar beside Will.

“Salutations,” Jared grinned.

“Have you talked to Marina?” he asked.

Jared raised an eyebrow. “What did yo do now? Or us this just some fishing expedition?”

“I gave her the script. I was wondering what she thinks,” he admitted sheepishly.

“She’ll think it’s bloody brilliant,” Will interjected. “Because it is.”

“It’s not bad,” Jared admitted grudgingly.

“Thanks for your support,” Alex scowled.

Jared and Will laughed. “Guess he’s just fishing for compliments,” Jared snickered.

Alex shook his head. “You both suck. I just want her to understand why I wrote it. I want her to live it. I know she agreed to do it, but that was more for Mollie than for me.”

“She hasn’t said a word to me about it,” Jared informed him. “She probably needs time to process. It’s not exactly a light hearted comedy.”

“I know. I know you’re right but I really want her feedback.”

“Be careful what you wish for,” Jared shrugged.

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Alex stepped out of the Subway, squinting against the afternoon sun. As fall gave way to winter, the days were getting shorter and the air crisper. He wasn’t sure what he expected to feel as he approached the sacred ground that was once the World Trade Center, then Ground Zero. The memories of that day, and the days and weeks that followed, came flooding back and he suddenly felt the urge to vomit. He was torn between feeling bitter that the site had become a glorified tourist trap and grateful that there was a tangible memorial to pay respect to the senseless loss of lives.

To block those thoughts, he focused on Danny. Thoughts of Danny brought him back to Marina and Mollie, the family Danny left behind. The two most important people in his own life. He wondered if he had made an even bigger mistake coming back after all this time.