TITLE: Green As Envy
GENRE: Romance/ paranormal
DANGER LEDGE LIGHTHOUSE
THREE CHURCHES, MAINE
No rain had fallen yet, but the clean, salty smell of it hung thick in the air as Cappy swayed in his old rocker and stroked the butt of the rifle laid out across his lap. A Winchester given to him by his father when he was a boy, it was a reliable and sturdy gun. He had planned to pass it down to his two boys when they came of age, but John Jr. had no interest in such a barbaric pursuit as hunting and Wade was too damn slow to be trusted with any type of weapon. So the gun was going to fight to its dying breath with him.
He scratched a match on the side of his chair. The flame hissed and flickered across a craggy face that had seen more sun and wind than not. Between his chapped lips, the cigar fired to life despite the last twenty years of abuse it had taken in his pocket. His sons had been afraid the cigars would be his end— but, oh, if only they knew how wrong they were.
He inhaled indulgently, sighed, and fell into the comfortable habit of smoking as if he had never quit. Ah, that hit the spot. Guilt nipped for breaking his promise to his sons but, hell, wasn’t a man allowed one final victory dance?