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This afternoon for your reading pleasure we’ve author Trish Hubschman with a great short story about determination, disability, and how not to allow anything to keep you from accomplishing your goals.
Before I leave you to enjoy this fabulous piece, I’d like to let you know a couple of important things. First, and most important Trish has just this very week released a new book in her Tracy Gayle Mystery Series, and if you keep reading after the story’s done you can learn all about how to pick up this and all her previous works.
Next, and also important, Trish will be appearing at 4 P.M. Eastern on August 3RD in the Sizzling Summer Super Release Book Launch Party Facebook Event found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1084437158419463/?ti=ia
She’ll be sharing lots of great info about her books, their awesome book covers, and much more. So, be sure to click over and sign up to attend this event once you’re finished here.
And now, here’s today’s story.
By Trish Hubschman
She was determined to do this, walk the 3.5 miles to the finish line. She was doing this for the cause, for her sister’s Stand Up To Drugs event, for her beloved Nephew, Joshua, who had died from an overdose two years earlier. Bev created a foundation in is name. This event at the high school was one of the things to raise awareness of the drug problem. Josh had been an athlete, baseball, football, marathon running. This event was listed as a race for runners, but walkers could do it as well.
Candy gripped the handlebars of her walker on wheels. Her husband, Dave, stood at her side. He was forced to stand-in at the last minute as her sighted guide. With his health and back issues, he shouldn’t be doing this, but the disabled athletes organization she had sought assistance from hadn’t come through with a volunteer to steer her walker along the designated route. Candy might have backed out of the race because of that, but Beverly, who hadn’t wanted Candy in the race to begin with, had forced her and Dave to officially register and pay the fee. Having paid fifty dollars for two people, she wasn’t backing out now.
Well, so she would do it! It was as simple as that. Through all the planning of this event, Beverly had never once spoken directly to Candy. She had told their mother what to tell Candy and mom had done so. Candy was insulted by this, but there was nothing she could do about it. She and Dave wanted to help. Dave wanted to get on stage at the Maytown high school after the race and sing a Johnny Cash song with Beverly’s boyfriend. Bev had given their mother a point blank no to pass on. That hurt too. There were many times over the past few weeks Candy had wondered if maybe they shouldn’t even go. They certainly weren’t being appreciated or shown any respect here, but that was nothing new. This whole event was supposed to be for Joshua. That’s why she was here now.
“You ready?” Dave asked, squeezing Candy’s elbow.
She nodded. She’d been ready to get started for more than thirty minutes. She was exhausted from standing in the bitter cold for so long listening to speeches. “Sure, let’s move,” she said. And they were off.
“You have to move as fast as you can,” Dave instructed.
How much faster could she go? She was already out of breath. The wind was hitting her so hard in the face and chest it hurt. The walker was hard to control, even with the new metal wheels on it. It kept veering to the side. Dave was holding onto both Candy and the front of the walker. At one point, Candy’s knee started to buckle. She grit her teeth. “How far is it to Bev’s house?” she asked. She wanted to take a brief stop. The Girl Scouts were at the house handing out water to race participants if they wanted any.
“We’re nowhere near it,” Dave said. “We have to keep going. You can call it quits when we get to her house.”
Candy shook her head vigorously. “No, no, I’m going to do this to the end. I just need a pit stop.” Suddenly, the wind hit doubly- hard and they both lost the walker. Candy fell on the pavement. Oh, how she wished she could just lie there, but she couldn’t. She tried to push herself up, but her right leg seemed dead. Grit your teeth, girl, and do it, she told herself.
“Push the walker toward me and hold onto it, so I can pull myself up with it,” she instructed. Dave did. With one hand, he held the walker steady, while the other hand went under Candy’s elbow to help her up.
She was limping and in pain now. To be honest to herself, she didn’t know if she could go much farther. She sniffed hard. It was one mile between the high school and her sister’s house. She had walked one mile out of the three and a half of the race.
Well, at this point, it wasn’t too far now to Bev’s house and she really needed to rest. Dave deserved a break too. Okay, decision made and it stung as much as her bruised knee from the fall! She was crying as they made their way up Bev’s driveway. Dave left her in the hands of the Girl Scouts and went off to continue the race.
MORE ABOUT TRISH AND HER WORK…
RATINGS GAME (TALK SHOW QUEEN)
by Trish Hubschman (C 2019)
In print ($9.50) and e-book ($2.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
The e-book is text-to-speech enabled.
Cover image, free text preview, buying links, and more:
Trish Hubschman has three previous Tracy Gayle mysteries in print: The Fire, Unlucky Break, and Stiff Competition (Miss America).
Synopsis of Ratings Game:
The Danny Tide story continues.
Somebody’s trying to kill the rock star’s second wife, talk–show hostess Blair Nelson. Danny and Tracy, now a couple expecting a baby, get pulled into it because Danny finally agrees to do an interview with his ex–wife. She’s been bugging him for a while.
That evening, after a draining day at Blair’s studio, when Danny and Tracy are home in bed, Danny’s phone goes off. It’s his and Blair’s daughter, Liz, announcing that she found her mother unconscious on her bathroom floor. Blair ingested a drug overdose.
Who would want to eliminate the talk show queen, and why? Could the perpetrator be Blair’s housekeeper? Her personal assistant? The owner of the television station? The show’s producer? Even Danny and Liz are on the suspect list.
Everyone had opportunity, but no one has a motive. They’re all devoted to Blair. They need Blair to wake up and give them some answers.
In the foreground, a black TV camera is in sharp focus against a blurry blue and orange background. The words “A Tracy Gayle Mystery” are centered at the top of the cover, and the author’s name is at the bottom of the cover, off to the right. Both of those are in white letters. The main title, Ratings Game, is in red-orange letters just above the camera. The subtitle, Talk Show Queen, is in parentheses in dark gray letters on an off-white background on the small screen on the top of the camera.
Editing, cover design, print layout, and e-book conversion are by DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. Cover photo is by Joshua Hanson on Unsplash.