The Right Side: Sneak Peek

Little P, short for Little Protector, was what Daddy called the .22. Daddy was big on protection: “It’s what we do in this family going way way back. All the way to the Civil War, both sides.” LeAnne took Little P from him, checked the safety – numero uno first goddamn thing every time, like he’d told her – then held it in the proper way, by both hands and with the muzzle pointing down at a forty-five degree angle, which was how she’d learned degrees, resulting in an A plus on the class participation half of her Exploring Science grade. Then she and her daddy walked up a long slope where some big saguaros grew, Daddy carrying the cooler. There were bullet holes in a few of those saguaros, always at the tops where the heads would be, if saguaros had heads, but she and Daddy were blameless.

“What the hell is wrong with some people?” he said.

“Does it hurt the saguaros?”

“What do think? Look at them. Those holes seem right to you?”

“No. But I meant does it give them pain?”

Daddy inclined his head toward her. He had the best face you’d ever want to see, a big rough face with watchful eyes that shone when things were going well, like now, out in the desert. “Good question,” he said.

TRS Harlan Coben quote


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25 Responses to “The Right Side: Sneak Peek”

  1. B.Stover
    8:49 am on May 19th, 2017

    That is a good question. And LeAnne’s family fought on both sides of the Civil War? Interesting.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-the small and meek
    9:04 am on May 19th, 2017


    It is going to be a very hot Friday in this neck of the woods!

    RIO! Congratulations on the sale of your home! Maybe you should live dangerously and dive into a vat o’ champagne!! :^)

    Saguaros…Hmmm. There are saguaros where Bernie and Chet live. Could LeAnne be their neighbor? Heh, heh.

    Good Friday to all!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:10 am on May 19th, 2017

    Good morning B and Wose and everyone! Interesting insights into LeAnne and her dad.
    Happy Friday!

  4. BMALS
    9:33 am on May 19th, 2017

    Good question. Personally I am against damaging any living thing for entertainment. That is what paper targets are for.

    Does everyone know that Addie completed her journey on earth yesterday? I posted something but I guess it was not clear.

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:56 am on May 19th, 2017

    Stover!…Someone here needs your banana bread recipe…snort!…Can you post it on this here blog?…slobber!

  6. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 am on May 19th, 2017

    BMALS, we read about the Wee Warrior’s last battle. It was too late for us but had her family in our prayers.
    Glad Rio, Friend and all have their own new place.

  7. B.Stover
    10:29 am on May 19th, 2017

    Banana Nut Bread:

    1 cup mashed bananas
    1 egg
    1 cup sugar
    l/2 cup shortening (I use butter)
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cup chopped nuts

    Cream shortening and sugar; add egg. Mix flour, soda and salt together. Add to mixture alternately with bananas. Stir in vanilla and nuts.
    Bake in greased bread tin 45 to 60 minutes in 350 degree oven.

  8. BooBear
    10:38 am on May 19th, 2017

    Prayers for Addie’s family. Truman will watch out for her!

  9. BearSpiritDog
    11:26 am on May 19th, 2017

    Wolfie’s Wee Warrior carried in the Arms of the Angels…her mission here complete. Our Prayers go out to her Loving Family for Peace & Comfort in this time of great sorrow.

  10. Herd of Hounds
    11:50 am on May 19th, 2017

    It is amazing how many people the Wee one touched in her brief stay here.

  11. Wose-the small and meek
    2:20 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Prayers going out to the Wee Warrior’s family. While her time here was brief, she taught us all the meaning of love. She will never be forgotten. Much love and hugs to her family.

  12. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    3:09 pm on May 19th, 2017

    The Wee Warrior showed greater courage in her short stay here than many do in a much longer lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers to her family.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    3:14 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Welcome home to Wookie’s and Teddy’s family. Glad your trip was safe and thank you again for sharing with us.

  14. The Other Side of the Bridge
    4:17 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Wolfie saw to it that we here were able to receive Addi on This Side of the Bridge. He has been working both Sides of the Veil for some time. She is Restored to Prime. We have her. We will hold her until hearts are reunited.

  15. bluecat's mom
    5:05 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers to the Wee Warrior’s family. May they find comfort.

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Mary!…Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family tonight…snuffle!…Beau is on full-time prayer duty these days although I have seen him scribble his name + lil’ Sweet Pea’s name inside of a heart when he takes a break…wheeze!

  17. Linda
    7:39 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Mary, Blessings to you and your family. I hope you are comforted by all the love coming your way. It’s always wonderful to hear from The Other Side of the Bridge where Wolfie is working overtime.

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Lurker!….Smoooch!Smooch!…snort!…I’ve missed you my dear. Any pretzels in the making these dayz?…heh!heh!…They go very well with a big fat vat O’ Beer you know…chuffle!

  19. Linda
    9:29 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Rio, If I knew where your big fat vat 0′ beer is, I would send some pretzels that way!

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Lurker!…I will be in touch~…snort!…My new house will need to be christened with your pretzels…chuffle!

  21. Linda
    9:44 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Always pretzels available for you, your friend, and Beau!

  22. The Other Side of the Bridge
    10:13 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Rio: We can help you christen the trees in your new backyard.

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on May 19th, 2017


  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Trees!…There are 2 big trees in the backyard and one big one in the front yard…snort!…I hear there is a fence so Beau and I cannot wander about like we do now much to my friends chagrin…grunt!

  25. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on May 19th, 2017

    Privilege!….I do want to say what a great thing it is for us here to get a sneak peak at the highly awaited new book by the Charming Mr Abrahams…yes!…What a great privilege by golly!!…snort!…Thank you so much dear sir. And I never ever say thank you!…heh!heh!

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