Florida, go to Florida. If you’re not going to die, why not go there, it’s warm. She laughed when she thought of being packed off to the land of eternal sunshine, no snow, plenty of that... More > in Rhode Island. She could play cards, knew how to swim, and liked people, she might try Florida. She would make the kids happy, Michael who was sixty, Gina, fifty five, and Frankie, fifty three. Couldn’t they wait a little longer, she wasn’t that rich. She kissed Marco, her dead husband goodbye at the cemetery, and got ready for Florida. When I find the gold, I’ll share it with you, she said to the man who had left her five years ago, on that snowy night in December. Don’t look for gold, that’s when you’ll find it. The plane landed in Florida, Doris Altomare touched the medal around her neck, thanking God that she had arrived. The warm rays of the sun kissed her, she smiled, she was ready to begin her search for Florida gold.< Less
Dina Mallory and Jillian Reed were best friends from the day that Jillian
found Dina sitting by herself in the school library. Dina became Jillian’s
shadow, following her from one adventure to... More > the next, always in the
background. I love roses, they are my favorite flower, Jillian told Dina. I’ll
never forget that, Dina thought as she drew a red rose. She made the dew
that fell from the rose, red instead of white. Red roses for Jillian, they
matched her fiery disposition and the color of her beautiful hair. Jillian
looked at the picture that Dina handed to her and smiled. They would have a
friendship that lasted forever, the red roses surrounded them, Dina could
smell the scent of the flowers. Jillian loved roses, Dina would cover her with
Three women trying to climb the glass mountain. They take a step, then another, fall back, and try again. The beauty, the brain, and the talent.
Marilyn, her mother named her after the tragic movie... More > star. The light that surrounded her burned so bright that it scorched her.
Jennifer, everyone tells her there is magic in her voice. She almost makes the climb, the last step she stumbles to the bottom.
Nicole, clever and cunning. Her quest for beauty, her anger that she never captures her elusive dream destroys her.< Less