SPONTANEOUS CHOICES SHORTS – “A New Chapter of Love” (Part 4)


  SPONTANEOUS CHOICES SHORTS features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. For all of January and part of February, Thursdays will feature this special serialized story, “A New Chapter of Love”. This is Part Four. Saundra looked up at the sign above the door, NOURISH 4 SUCCESS, though it could hardly be read. The paint, worn and faded, and the condition of the building showed better days. Though Saundra knew from experience that charities struggled with hard times, and not to always judge from what is seen from the outside, even she could only give leeway up to a point.  

Carefully, she reached up and knocked on the door. To her surprise, the man Caitlin described to her and Vallenda answered. He stood tall with a thin frame, red hair and green eyes, and with only a goatee for facial hair.  

“Getting in line for food pickup isn’t for another hour,” he said, looking at Saundra. “I hate to turn away anyone, but you really need to come back then.”  

“Actually, I came to find out how I could help,” Saundra told him. “And to learn more about Nourish 4 Success. A friend of mine mentioned your food bank to me and I wanted to see how I could volunteer.”  

“Sounds like your friend doesn’t know everything about our services. Nourish 4 Success isn’t just about feeding the body. It’s about improving all aspects of life, to help people find success.”  

“Then I’m even more interested. I’m a stay at home mom whose two kids are now in school and I want to find out ways to pay it forward.”  

The tall man reached over to somewhere Saundra couldn’t see and then handed her a card. Saundra took it and put it in her pocket.  

“Here’s the director’s contact information. She’d have to meet and pre-screen you. Thanks for your interest, but I need to get back to setting up for when people come for the day. Good to meet you. I just realized I didn’t catch your name.”  

“Saundra Waldgrave.”  

“Delmont Nutino. Hope to see you again soon, Saundra.”

 As Delmont closed the door, Saundra wondered what she’d say to Caitlin. Much to her surprise, this man was captivating her interest as well.

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