Intimate Journeys

Intimate Journeys- SS Hampton Sr.

Title:
Intimate Journeys
Author:
SS Hampton Sr. Ed. Mel Jacob
Publisher & Category:
Melange Books
ISBN: 978-1-61235-332-6

BLURB:
Every journey through life is an intimate journey simply because it is someone’s personal journey. Sometimes the journey is like being alone in a small boat the mercy of wild ocean currents, and sometimes the journey is like being part of a crew in a strong ship with billowing, wind-filled sails…

EXCERPT:
With closed eyes the tall, bald, square-faced man reveled in the warmth of the setting sun and enjoyed the gentle caress of the breeze that rustled the leafy fronds of the surrounding date palms. He inhaled the heady aroma of perfumed flowers and listened to the buzz of bees flitting from flower to flower. From far below, like the shimmer of the desert heat, rose the music of drums, pipes, lutes, and lyres, the sweet voices of young women singing, and the muted roar of the crowds.
“Alulim,” a throaty, seductive voice whispered with the softness of the sun-warmed wind. “I have accepted your sacrifices for many years.”
The kneeling man dressed in a leather kilt decorated with hanks of sheep wool, opened his eyes and gazed upon a dusky-skinned woman with bright obsidian eyes, and long raven-black hair that fluttered in the soothing breeze. She wore a shoulder collar of gold, blue lapis lazuli, and red carnelian, and left shaped earrings of gold dangled from her ears. She wore a long sleeveless dress of colored wool, and was barefoot.
She smiled and held a black and red-henna decorated hand out to him. “Take my hand,” she said with a crooked little smile. “Come with me at last. Enjoy my love.”
Thin clouds on which the setting sun cast shades of orange, white, red and yellow floated across the twilight sky behind her. The life-giving sea sparkled in the distance as did the waters of the marshes that reached from the sea up to the surrounding fields. Shadows crept across the flat sandy landscape that was marked by the patterns of fields of einkorn and emmer wheat, peas, greens, and onions, all watered by a network of irrigation canals.
The man’s heart sank at the approach of the twilight shadows. Night would soon overtake his city. Then, a look of suspicion mixed with unrequited love crossed his narrow face, and his pleasant eyes darkened.
“No,” he answered firmly.
The woman’s eyes glittered darkly and her fingers curled as if to become talons.
“Alulim,” she said, “my love for you is all that stands between you and my sister. Come with me.”
“No,” he answered firmly.
The woman’s eyes glittered darkly and her fingers curled as if to become talons…
The Whisper of Ereshkigal

Contents

“Grandpa’s Bon Qui Qui.”
While deployed to Afghanistan, an older soldier in a May/December relationship must decide if the young woman really loves him, and if he really loves her.

“Rose Cliffs.” Revised 2011.
Archaeologists accidentally set free survivors of an ancient race, who require sexual sacrifices to bring back more of their kind.

“The Christmas Queen.”
A young man returning home for Christmas encounters a legendary succubus who wants him for her lover.

“No. 55 Cherry Apple Court.”
Believe it or not, sometimes within a gated community there are worse things than a home owners association.

“A Harsh Lesson.” Revised 2011.
A female military officer dons a haunted Waffen SS jacket and attends a costume party, where she intends to kill a Senator.

“The Whisper of Ereshkigal.” Revised 2011.
An immortal Sumerian in love with a human woman is finally discovered by pursuing goddesses determined to take him to the underworld.

“Imnachar.” Revised 2011.
A frustrated incubus has a young woman cornered in a small country church, and he attempts to entice her to leave her sanctuary.

“Galleria Millennia.” Revised 2011.
An unusual group of female artist-collectors descend on a city at the edge of the Rocky Mountains before Y2K.

“The Samar Café.” Revised 2011.
On the eve of joining his combat ship during an interstellar war, a young sailor spends the night with a prostitute, with surprising results.

“Aztec Ridge.” Revised 2011.
An Aztec goddess claims a lover from the same family line every 52 years, and now it is time for her to take a new lover.

“Dawn at Khabari Crossing.”
As the US combat role in Iraq ends, a middle-aged soldier faces the uncertainty of demobilization and returning to Ground Zero of the Great Recession.

“Between Flagstaff and Gallup.”
They say curiosity killed the cat, but what happens if it didn’t, and the cat is still alive?

“The Ledger.” Revised 2011.
A married sutler, unhappily retired and in ill health, remembers the example of the love of a young 7th Cavalry trooper for an Irish laundress.

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