Love Stories(12)

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.12

Sweet Dreams Finale - What does the future bring?

Chapter: December “Don’t Dream, It’s Over” *** Losing someone you love is a devastating experience, and even after decades of weathering life’s travails, the human body is a terribly fragile creation. Grief is the embodiment of stress, emotional strain, and the body reacts adversely. The immune system may be compromised, a heart condition exacerbated. Couple overwhelming grief with...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.11

Dreams, nightmares, and waking realities.

Chapter: November “Nightmares Are Made of This” *** Never quite even-handed or necessarily fair, life settles on the precipice of endless balances: wealth and poverty, ambition and apathy, love and hate, darkness and light… dreams and nightmares. Often it seems as if there is an excess of the bad and the good will never come, or not enough of the good, and too soon dispersed. Living...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.10

Family planning takes a tumble for Jahn, Fiona, and Jen.

Chapter: October “The Light of the Sun” *** For all of the human heart’s shortcomings, there is a great deal to be said for the sphere of emotion. Reason, insight, and intellect are admirable, even outstanding in their ability to teach us to overcome our obstacles, but on their own, they lack depth and complexity… a soul to give them context. Physics and engineering give us a...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.09

Reconciliation of past relationships and preserving those in the present.

Chapter: September “The Glow of the Moon” *** Decisions vary in scope and importance. We make them all the time; their making defines us as people, tells others who we have been, what we are, what we might be. Maybe you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, or hot summer nights with a tall glass of cold lemonade. A slender girl with legs that climb all the way to heaven,...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.08

A vacation that will change their lives forever.

Chapter: August “The Sun and the Moon” *** Life is as full of treasured moments as it is of hardship, though the challenges and obstacles that must be overcome can seem insurmountable, weighing so heavily that it seems even Atlas must be crushed under its mass. When those special gifts keep coming, it is easy to be desensitized or to focus on them to the expense of missing...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.07

A revelation from the Reed family's past, and its repercussions in the present.

Chapter: July “Stars in the Sky” *** Imagine a jigsaw puzzle. Not just any puzzle, but one of those multi-thousand piece monsters littered with detail and colors. Getting started is no chore; all you have to do is start with the border and corner pieces, set the structure for the big picture. Sort out the colored tiles and find a few of the more obvious pieces. Problems quickly...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.06

An upgrade in the relationship.

Chapter: June “Ties That Bind” *** In a parallel universe, anything is possible. A world might exist where you’re the president, a prize-winning journalist, a loud-mouthed radio host, or maybe just a homeless bum. An ideal you might even exist, a you that never had any regrets, made all the right choices, and walked through life with a song upon their lips. It’s an appealing fantasy...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.05

Checking in and moving out.

Chapter: May “Reality Check” *** Meeting a girlfriend’s parents is a defining moment in a relationship; theoretically, you’ll make a lasting impression on your honey’s parents that won’t make them go for the shotgun. Yes, ma’am. I do think your daughter is a lovely, talented young woman and I think the world of her. No sir, I wouldn’t consider for a second bringing her home even...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.04

Jahn, Fiona, and Jenny strengthen their relationship.

Chapter: April “Dirty Dancing” *** If you have any talent for bullshitting, there are some torpedoes you can see coming and prepare for with a little well-intentioned manipulation. Evil questions like ‘Do these pants make my ass look fat?’ or ‘Do you think that girl’s hot?’ can be deflected with a casual compliment to the fine derriere of the former, or the snarky comment...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.03

Love between three people may be fine, but it's time to meet Jenny's father...

Chapter: March “Between the Bars” *** There are moments so uncomfortable that you wish you could be anywhere else, like being face to face with someone calling you an asshole, or a post-sex confrontation with your girlfriend’s shrieking sister. An invitation to meet your sweetie’s father shouldn’t be one of those, of course, but when her daddy just happens to be locked up in a prison...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This, Ch.02

Eager for a new relationship, Jahn is confronted with an unexpected choice.

Chapter: February "Love (and Lust) is in the Air" *** Ever get a feeling of intense guilt when you’re not sure exactly what it is that you’re supposed to be guilty of, a sense that an apology is demanded in a situation where you’re dead certain an apology would only make things worse? Oil on water, Jahn thought, gaping at the shrieking girl before him. Woman, he mentally...Read On

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This, Ch.01

Starting fresh after a bad relationship, Jahn meets the Reed sisters.

Chapter: January "Starting the Year With a Bang” *** “Hey, asshole.” Isn’t it funny how some things never change? First and last impression, like mirror images. Those were the first words Greg Bartels had ever spoken to him, and despite not having seen the guy for nearly two years, were the first to spill out of his mouth again. It wasn’t unexpected, but Jahn hadn’t liked the guy...Read On