Short Story: The Third Time Around by Charles Arthur [2018]

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a story by Charles Arthur.

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Today, we are very proud to present the second of our featured short stories. 

This story comes to us from Charles “the Time Walker Author” Arthur of Beckley, West Virginia. Like Joe “Write Like A Shark” Butler before him, this is Charles’ first professional publication, and is — in part — the kind of story he claims he was disappointed to learn he can’t write. (And just how mistaken he has been…) 

While we won’t be getting into Editors’ Notes on these stories, we must — with a heavy heart — tell you that late last year, Charles’ father was tragically taken from us. A dedication to him is included with the story. It is a story we trust he would be proud of. 

THE THIRD TIME AROUND

by Charles Arthur (Beckley, West Virginia, USA)

This story is dedicated to my father, James Arthur. Your first lesson to me was how to love a good story; your last was how to accept a hard loss. I’m still working on the last, and I think I always will.

James Alfred Arthur

In Loving Memory Of A Proud Father

JAMES ALFRED ARTHUR

Taken From Us on the 30th of October, 2017

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About the Author

Charles Arthur is a mental health social worker by day, and that one annoying Science-Fiction enthusiast (you know the one) by night.

He was disappointed to learn that he appreciates Science-Fiction, but can’t write it; he makes up for that tragedy by writing crime dramas and suspense.

He lives in Beckley, West Virginia with his wife and three children and has been writing for pleasure since 1994. The Third Time Around is his first published story.

He has a blog at Timewalkerauthor.Wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter at @timewalkerautho

2 thoughts on “Short Story: The Third Time Around by Charles Arthur [2018]”

  1. Reblogged this on Timewalkerauthor and commented:
    A year or so ago, I received notice that one of my short stories had been accepted (with gusto! I can handle gusto!) to a small online anthology created by the fine folks (er, birds?) over at The Corvid Review. That story, The Third Time Around, is now up! If you’ve been with me on this blog a long time, you may remember an early draft of this story, which resided on my Stories page for awhile before being taken down. Here, you’ll find the final version, which I am glad to have included in this project. As well, you’ll find a short dedication to my father, who passed away last October at the age of 62, and who was instrumental in my love of fiction in all its forms. Thank you to The Crow and the other staff at The Corvid Review for accommodating my request to include this dedication.

    The anthology began as a trial call for submissions on Reddit’s /r/writing subreddit. When complete, it will consist of eleven stories by various authors, all centered on the theme of “Loss”. I say “when complete” because the stories are being released one at a time, approximately each week, in order to give each one the attention it deserves before final compilation. My post is the second release in the series. (I admit, to my chagrin, that I didn’t reblog the first story, Joe Butler’s The Lighthouse, as I should have done. Absolutely no offense to Joe is intended; you can, and should, read his story here. I will be reblogging the other entries as they are released.)

    I hope you enjoy this story; and while you’re there, check out the other great content at The Corvid Review. Thanks for reading!

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