Venetian Springs: Chapter 2

It was exactly as Gina had said: a rattling sound at the back door, as if someone were trying to break in. 

Mark stood up from the table. Gina started to stand up, too.

“Where are you—?” they both said, almost in unison.

“I’m going to check out those sounds, of course,” Mark replied.

“I’m going with you.”

Mark had a sudden mental image of an intruder—a real one, this time, not an imaginary one—pointing the muzzle of a gun at his wife’s face.

He pushed the image away. He didn’t want to go there.

“No. Stay here.”

Mark left the kitchen before Gina could reply. Continue reading “Venetian Springs: Chapter 2”

Venetian Springs: Chapter 1

Mark Baxter was determined that he and his wife, Gina, were going to solve the puzzle of their household budget. But he wasn’t too sure about the details yet. 

They were both second-year high school teachers at Ambrose E. Burnside High School, in the Indianapolis Public Schools district. They had recently purchased a home. Money was tight. 

“We’ll figure this out,” Mark told Gina. He reached across the table, took her hand, and briefly held it. Continue reading “Venetian Springs: Chapter 1”

New fiction: Venetian Springs: a crime serial

Mark and Gina Baxter are a young couple, two second-year public high school teachers in Indianapolis. 

They live on a tight budget. 

When a run of bad luck puts them in the red, they decide to go for broke at a Southern Indiana casino called Venetian Springs. Continue reading “New fiction: Venetian Springs: a crime serial”