She Tumbled Down

By Lorraine Devon Wilke

Short stories, Crime & mystery | eBook


New Year’s Eve. It's late, well past the midnight hour. A woman looking for respite from noise, champagne, and tensions with her boyfriend steps out to clear her head. She calls out that she’ll be back shortly and heads down the quiet neighborhood street... and never comes back. A man with too much to drink and too fast a car roars by on that same darkened street and, in a flash of motion and impact, is stunned to see the face of a startled woman smash into his windshield. When the car stops he shakes in silence, waiting for... something. But when no one approaches, no cars go by and no inquiring lights flick on, fear and panic take over and he makes the unfathomable decision to drive away... and never look back. “She Tumbled Down” is a short story that follows the ripple effects of this tragic hit-and-run, attempting to answer that unanswerable question, “Who could do such a thing?" From that first fateful moment through the months and years that follow, the narrative weaves through the lives of seemingly disparate characters, threading the initial event into another story, a love story, that ultimately links to the tragedy in unexpected ways.


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New Year’s Eve. It's late, well past the midnight hour. A woman looking for respite from noise, champagne, and tensions with her boyfriend steps out to clear her head. She calls out that she’ll be back shortly and heads down the quiet neighborhood street... and never comes back. A man with too much to drink and too fast a car roars by on that same darkened street and, in a flash of motion and impact, is stunned to see the face of a startled woman smash into his windshield. When the car stops he shakes in silence, waiting for... something. But when no one approaches, no cars go by and no inquiring lights flick on, fear and panic take over and he makes the unfathomable decision to drive away... and never look back. “She Tumbled Down” is a short story that follows the ripple effects of...


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Writer, photographer, singer/songwriter, and Huffington Post contributor, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography business, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays; most recently, The Theory of Almost Everything was a top finalist in the 2012 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. She kept her hand in music throughout – songwriting, recording, performing – leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album (Somewhere On the Way). Accomplished in collaboration with songwriting/producing partner, Rick M. Hirsch, the album garnered stellar reviews and can be found at CDBaby and iTunes. She continues with music whenever she can (which, she maintains, is never, ever, enough!). Devon Wilke’s current life is split between Playa del Rey and Ferndale, California, and is shared with her husband, Pete Wilke, an entertainment and securities attorney, and son, engineering student and web designer, Dillon Wilke. She curates and manages both her fine art photography and personal blog (Rock+Paper+Music), contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and writes a column for the award-winning newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise. Her novel, After The Sucker Punch, is available at Amazon in both paperback and ebook; her short story, “She Tumbled Down,” is published in ebook, and you can enjoy her essays and journalistic pieces @ Contently,com. Follow her adventures in independent publishing at her Amazon Author Page and AfterTheSuckerPunch.com, and be sure to check her website for links and information. Contact: info@lorrainedevonwilke.com Information/links: www.lorrainedevonwilke.com


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Writer, photographer, singer/songwriter, and Huffington Post contributor, Lorraine Devon Wilke, started early as a creative hyphenate. First there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for a...


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