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Alan Chin enjoyed a twenty-year career working his way from computer programmer to Director of Software Engineering at Charles Schwab & Co. in San Francisco. In 1991, Alan went back to night school and five years later graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Alan retired from Information Technology in 1999 to devote all his time to writing. Alan authored four published novels: Island Song, by Zumaya Publications, September, 2008, The Lonely War, Zumaya Publications, November 2009, Match Maker, Dreamspinner Press, September 2010, Butterfly’s Child, Dreamspinner Press, December 2010. Alan began studying the art of writing screenplays in 2007, and has authored two original screenplays, Daddy’s Money and Simple Treasures. In addition to writing novels and screenplays, Alan is making a name for himself as a literary critic for several online publications which include: Examiner.com GLBT Literature column, Queer Magazine Online, and the Lambda Literary website.

Round Robin, Episode 10

Well he will be when I get my hands around his throat, Jackie thought. Then the lights in her head snapped on, and she whispered, “Robbing Peter to pay Paul?” This old bag knows a lot more than she is letting on.

“Listen,” Jack said, “I’d love to stay and chat over a cup of tea with you all, but I’ve got places to be.” He began to walk towards the next roof over, hoping  he could somehow make an escape without being noticed by the police downstairs.

“You’re not going anywhere until I find out what the hell you were doing here tonight,” Jackie said is a most unlady-like bark.

He kept walking.

She tried to bluff, “Take another step and I’ll blow your brains out.”

Jack lifted the middle finger of his right hand as he kept walking towards the next building.

Good God, Jackie thought, a man with balls as big as mine. How long had she waited for someone like him. How long had she put up with that whimpering ex, praying he would somehow grow a pair. And true to form, when he finally did, he went completely overboard. But this man, Jack, was something else, someone who was a match for her. She wasn’t about to let go of that. She took three quick paces and fell into step behind him.

“You’re not shaking me until I know everything,” Jackie said.

Harriet pulled a Glock from her handbag, snapped the safety off. “Hold it right there, both of you.” When they both ignored her, she fired a round into the roof, just two feet in front of Jack.

Jack jerked back and turned. Jackie could only follow his lead.

Harriet said, “Now that I have your attention, there are a few things I need to know in order to ensure that the money Jackie’s mother raised is handed over to the women’s shelter. You might not think twenty-three-million dollars is worth fighting for, but I can assure you I do.  And let me also say, unlike Jackie, I don’t bluff. If I don’t get what I came for, they will carry all of you off this roof on gurneys.

Twenty-three million? Christ, Jackie thought, can this night get any more bizarre?

Go on to Episode 11

Alan Chin writes gay fiction. Visit him at http://alanchin.net

or http://alanchinwriter.blogspot.com and http://twitter.com/alanhchin

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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Round Robin Episode 4

…stood Matt, still holding the smoking gun. He took three steps closer to Jackie as his arm stretched towards her, Moses-like, and his lips widened into a sneer.

“This is it, you condescending bitch.” Matt’s voice was cold as death. “You’ve cheated on me for the last time.”

Jackie felt a bolt of electricity race up her spine and burst in her head. How could he have known? She had always been too clever for him, or so she had thought until now.  Her mind was spinning fast. She knew from the compassionless tone in his voice that pleading wouldn’t help.  She tried to swallow but her mouth had gone bone dry.  She croaked, “If you kill me, what will happen to the shelter? You’ll be killing all those animals too!”

Matt stood perfectly still. It was too dark to tell if his eyes were softening. She didn’t even know if he had heard her over the sound of the music and the other people screaming. But then she noticed a ray of hope. She saw Jack slowly rising from the floor, like a tiger ready to pounce.  She had to give him time.

“Matt, you got this all wrong. I’m here on business.”

Over the thump of LL Cool on the sound system, Jackie heard the wail of sirens in the distance.  Help was minutes away, but minutes might as well be years. That unwavering gun was pointed directly at her forehead. Screw this, she thought. Her body tensed as she made ready to jump.

In what seemed like super slow motion, she saw Jack lunge at Matt, arms stretched, pain twisting his face. She leaped at the same time, not at Matt, but to the side. A gunshot roared so loud in her ears it sounded like the ending of the world.  Pain screamed in her mind.

A moment later she lay on the floor, looking up at…

Go on to Episode 5

Alan Chin writes gay fiction. Visit him at http://alanchin.net

or http://alanchinwriter.blogspot.com and http://twitter.com/alanhchin

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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