Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 4
Jun04

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 4

 Arch Patton Down in the Valley Chapter 4 by James Strauss   Arch fought the chair, sounds of pain emanating from deep down in his chest. His left arm finally came loose but a three-foot section of wood remained attached to his hand by the hard driven nails. There would be no release from the wood or the pain until he got some kind help or proper tools. It took almost half an hour to work his other hand out of the duct tape. With that...

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 15
Aug04

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 15

   Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 15 By James Strauss   Matisse drove the Pontiac at breakneck speed. The traffic moving away from Haiku, back on Kam Highway, was spotty and moving faster than the speed limit, as well. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to stay at that house,” Matisse said, almost losing control of the swerving car in the middle of a sharp curve. Arch watched a flock of wild chickens...

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 17
Sep26

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 17

 Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 17 By James Strauss       They climbed the steps to an area just below the third platform.  The climb wasn’t a challenge for either of them, but looking beyond that platform they could see that the final stretch would be more difficult.  They climbed down to a small glade, covered with pine trees overhanging the distant valley below.  Matisse gathered plenty of dry branches, old needles, and...

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