A to Z Challenge: Revenge of Montezuma

Revenge of Montezuma Pastor Griffin was dead. Detective Mendoza went into action. He called in a report to dispatch then took steps to secure the scene  surrounding the body.  While he waited for reinforcements, he directed the deacons to herd the congregation inside the church and to insure that everyone was accounted for. Whether they … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Revenge of Montezuma

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A to Z Challenge: Quanisha’s Bacon Quiche

Quanisha's Bacon Quiche The whine of a rapidly approaching engine distracted several of the parishioners, their heads turning towards the road to seek out the latest arrival. The motorcycle traveled at break neck speed around the corner, spewing rocks and gravel in its wake. What in the world? The bike, a gleaming fire-engine red sports … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Quanisha’s Bacon Quiche

A to Z Challenge: Portia’s Peanut Butter Ice Box Cake

Portia's Peanut Butter Ice Box Cake "Are you people just going to stand there?" Pastor Griffin sputtered. "I demand you remove this man immediately." "It's going to be like that, huh?" Izzy took a step back and glanced at the crowd around him, as if waiting to see who would step up to confront him. … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Portia’s Peanut Butter Ice Box Cake

A to Z Challenge: Overfed Orator

Overfed Orator The noise level from the congregation grew from puzzled - underlying whispers and gasps - to cries of protests and disbelief and finally to shouts that demanded explanation. Through it all, Pastor Griffin intoned. "Our Father, which art in heaven. Hallowed be they name . . ." Deacon Hanson knocked the pastor's hand … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Overfed Orator

A to Z Challenge: Napoleon Cremes

Napoleon Cremes The big, black Cadillac nosed into the parking space right next to make-shift basketball court. Young men scattered left and right, shouting and gesturing their protests. A few of the bolder ones tapped the hood of the car but when they recognized Pastor Griffin, they shrugged, threw down the ball and headed for … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Napoleon Cremes

A to Z Challenge: Mama Lou’s M&Ms

Mama Lou's M&Ms "Oh, Lawd!" Mama Lou reached into her apron pocket and pulled out an ever-present yellow bag of peanut M&Ms.  She snatched it open, up-ending a heaping handful into her palm. The arrival of the chocolate was a sure sign of her perplexity. Ethel Mae was only surprised that it had taken this … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Mama Lou’s M&Ms

A to Z Challenge: Loretta’s Lasagna

Loretta's Lasagna "Boy, you don't know nothing," Noble Connor pushed Kieran's outside of the small circle. "Now get somewhere and cool off. Here," Noble pressed an aluminum pan in his hands. "Take Loretta's lasagna over to the table. Frank says it's plenty warm now." Kieran looked as if he would argue but the two men … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Loretta’s Lasagna

A to Z Challenge: Kieran’s Kung Pao Chicken

Kieran's Kung Pao Chicken "Now, whose idea was it to bring Chinese food to a soul food picnic?" "Girl, you know that wasn't nobody but that Deacon Kieran," the second voice jibed. The two women exchanged an arch look that dissolved into smiles as Mama Lou and Ethel Mae entered the tent. "Hey, Mama Lou. … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Kieran’s Kung Pao Chicken

A to Z Challenge: Jamella’s Jerk Chicken

Jamella's Jerk Chicken "Yoo-hoo! Louisa!" Mama Lou groaned and spoke through gritted teeth. "Why does this woman still exist?" "Shh." said Ethel Mae, plastering a new smile to her lips. Agnes Bradshaw rushed over, several times nearly twisting her ankle in the soft grass. Mama Lou hissed. "Why that old hag insists on wearing those … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Jamella’s Jerk Chicken

A to Z Challenge: Izzy’s Blue Bell Ice Cream

Izzy's Blue Bell Ice Cream Mama Lou strolled back under the tent. She joined Ethel Mae at the buffet table and automatically pitched in with the set up of the potluck offerings. Delilah had retreated to the back of the tent, sitting alone at one of the banquet tables, her body and face rigid as … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Izzy’s Blue Bell Ice Cream