For the cast of young characters in this collection, life’s trials and tribulations come much earlier than is expected. Emotions run high while spirit and determination are greatly challenged.
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Kate’s Funeral – Kate Longley is an intelligent, self-assured young woman who finds herself in the middle of her own funeral service. Instead of questioning her death, she is more concerned with why her boyfriend has yet to come and bid her a final farewell. Kate also discovers that in death, much like in life, there is a lot to learn and big decisions to make. With time running out, she hopes the choices that she makes turn out to be the right ones.
Our Time Together – While sitting at his father's deathbed, a man reminisces about a hunting trip that he had taken with his dad, and hero, many years before. It is then he comes to understand just how meaningful that hunting trip really was.
Ripple in the Moonlight – Three young men are heading to the lake for a fun-filled night of camping and fishing. When poor decisions are made and the envelope is pushed, their outdoor experience takes a dark turn, and life as they know it will never be the same.
Fading Jump Shot – Kent Weber loves the game of basketball. The next chapter in his life is to play at the college level. However, when he discovers his parents are divorcing, his passion for the game quickly fades away. Feeling abandoned, Kent turns to a drug-fueled life of self-destruction that leads him down a path of dark and life-changing consequences.
Best for the Family – While on a cross-country bus trip, an elderly woman reveals a dark story from her past that tells how lies, humiliation, and murder stripped a young girl of her youthful innocence.
* These five tales can also be found in the short story collection Under the Willow Tree and Other Stories.