Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 2

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 2

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Short Story, Chapter 2 By J. Strauss     Kaneohe Marine Base on the Windward Side of Oahu is among the best kept and most squared-away of all Marine bases.  Nothing is out of place.  Absolutely nothing out of place.  Lawns are mowed with...
Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 3

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 3

Arch completely understood Virginia’s need to toss him from the room and get on her cell phone. The active career he’d only recently retired from demanded he understand and leave immediately after the short dinner and even shorter get together in her room……

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 4

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 4

 Arch Patton Down in the Valley Chapter 4 by James Strauss   Arch fought the chair, sounds of pain emanating from deep down in his chest. His left arm finally came loose but a three-foot section of wood remained attached to his hand by the hard driven nails. There...
Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 5

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 5

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY  Chapter  5 By J. Strauss   “What do you want?” the formerly dangerous man on the bed said, his voice imploring, extending his arms out before him with both palms turned upward in question. “You forgot to ask a few questions you needed...
Arch Patton, Down In the Valley, Chapter 6

Arch Patton, Down In the Valley, Chapter 6

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 6 By J. Strauss   “Where we goin’ boss?” Matisse yelled from the drivers seat, as Arch got into the old battered convertible. Matisse accelerated away so fast the huge single door on the passenger side slammed with the sound of...
Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 7

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 7

The Hertz counter was empty when Arch went in to get a car more fitting than Matisse’s Pontiac convertible. There were plenty of cars and Arch didn’t bother to try to negotiate rates. A hundred dollars a day for a Cadillac……

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 8

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 8

The rash guards weren’t so bad, Arch decided, wishing he had a vanity mirror to check himself out in. Like a wetsuit, but better because the thin elastic long sleeve top and bottoms held everything in without giving him a feeling of being compressed……..

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 9

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 9

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 9 By James Strauss   The Humvee proved to be empty, an enlisted Marine wearing no rank exiting the vehicle as Matisse and Arch got in. The heavy armored door slammed shut and the driver took off. There was nobody else in the...
Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 10

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 10

“Stairway to Heaven?” Arch said, looking intently into Matisse’s eyes. “I don’t like the way you said that. What heaven or what hell are you talking about and what does it have to do with the word Haiku, General DeWare mentioned…..

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley Chapter 12

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley Chapter 12

Peeling the duct tape from Virginia’s face was like peeling skin from the surface of a Kiwi fruit. Virginia said nothing. Her eyes spoke for her and there was as much warmth in them as there is warmth emanating from the bottom of blue glacier ice……

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 14

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 14

Matisse drove the Bonneville with less than his usual abandon. The Sunday afternoon traffic on Kam Highway was simply overwhelming and there was no place to pass, illegally or otherwise, along the entire length of the two-lane highway……..

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 15

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 15

   Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 15 By James Strauss   Matisse drove the Pontiac at breakneck speed. The traffic moving away from Haiku, back on Kam Highway, was spotty and moving faster than the speed limit, as well. “I don’t think it’s a...