A Journey Through Hell: Visions of the Afterlife (Chapter 1, page 1 of 4)

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Chapter 1

She looked into her wine glass and tried to ignore the small pieces of cork floating in the red liquid. "So, do you have any thoughts on the subject?" She asked him.

"Kind of." Derick replied. "I know what I should do, but what I want to do seems out of my reach."

"Oh yeah? What do you want to do?" Maria asked, swishing the wine around in her glass.

Derick took a sip of his Merlot. "I want to write a book."

Maria laughed. "A book? How did you come up with this spurt of spontaneity?"

"I was reading an article in the New York Times, and noticed that it was very well written, and it didn't look that difficult. If others can make a living at it, why can't I?"

"Simple. Those people have got college degrees in it. You don't even have a high school diploma!" Maria, a senior editor at a prestigious New York publishing house, smiled. "Do you know how much time and effort goes into writing even a two page piece? Never mind a novel!"

"Yeah, what about it? Damn it, Maria, I'm sick of working the night shift at the factory. Can't you pull some strings?"

"You'd have to write something before I can pull anything. Any ideas?"


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