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Don’t Hang Your Soul On That: Chapter Two

by Robert Hilles

He doesn’t notice the change in weather until dark clouds balloon overhead. It’s too late to take cover so he drops his scythe and arches his back to the warm downpour. When the rain shifts sideways, Ed straightens and widens his stance to keep from losing balance. His robe soaks through and droops heavily but the rain is a welcome reprieve from the steady throttle of afternoon heat.

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Don’t Hang Your Soul On That: Chapter 1

by Robert Hilles

By the time she selects a third papaya, he’s already certain that it’s no coincidence that she’s across the street from him right now. Even from here, he feels an instant connection. This means that they have known each other in a past life. His father has said that: The full influence of karma is only understood through dedicated, daily meditation.

He ignores those words and watches as she hands a papaya to the vendor who wraps it in newspaper and hands it back to her. She lowers it into a wicker basket and then turns slightly away from Tuum to pay. With her back to him, he notices that her skirt nearly touches the ground. She wears flat sandals and her hair is gathered in a single knot at the back.

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Messy

by Robert Hilles

Messy is a love story that captures the complexities of love: the difficulties, paradoxes, ambiguities, passions, and truths. It aches, struggles, retrieves, and falls back upon itself. It also gets very complicated when two brothers love the same woman, albeit two decades apart. When Moss alerts Archie about the fire, he can’t remember the last time his brother was in his truck.

The novella moves back and forth between 1965 and 1988 through 1990. It begins with the fire in which her half-brother Raymond saves Clara and brings Moss and Archie together to help the woman both of them love. When Clara leaves Moss in 1965, it is because of Raymond. When she falls in love with Archie in 1988, Raymond plays his part here, too. Archie repairs the valve in Raymond’s car and Clara is with him.

Clara is a bookworm. Reading books teaches her about the existential make-up of life. One of her favorites is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, which she gives to Archie. He hasn’t read a book like this in a long time and stays up until three in the morning to finish it. He sees things about love he hasn’t seen or understood before—every relationship has “messy parts but it was these very parts that make love work.” In reading Love in the Time of Cholera, Archie realizes that love is “both the means and the end and could be arrived at, not pursued.”

Moss falls in love with Clara in his early twenties, Archie in his forties. Clara decides on both, but her truth pivots on Raymond. She would never leave him behind.

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Photographing Dreams

by Robert Hilles

In the tender love story by Robert Hilles, Scott sees his wife Cheryl holding his six-month-old daughter Denise, reminding him of the dream he had earlier that morning. It was the happiest he had ever been.

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