Portal – Chapter 13

Michael turned around, a woman in her forties holding several binders had walked in during the argument. A thin woman wearing a grey wool knee length skirt with blue silk blouse with oval glasses low on her nose was evaluating the new group of trainees. Her hair was professionally dyed a light brown so not a single strand of grey hair was showing, even though she probably had seen the first one 10 years ago and her nails were professionally manicured by one of the local Vietnamese salons. She had the stereotypical lab coat covering her blouse that Michael suspected was more for a first impression...

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Portal – Chapter 12

They marched to one of the buildings clustered in the middle of Butler, where orientation was held in the morning. They were in one of the old university classrooms, a whiteboard was mounted on the front wall of the entire classroom. The high tables and chairs reminded Michael of his chemistry class. “You maggots stay here,” said Agent Edwards, “Dr. Carlson will arrive in a few minutes.” When the door shut and the Agents were out of the room, a collective sigh was heard around the room. “I barely got to eat,” said the Cuban woman. Michael still did not know most of their names. “Why...

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Portal – Chapter 11

The rest of the morning was filled with hurry up and wait. They walked in a column, Michael at the rear since he was the last to orientation, to every new room or building. Michael kept his eyes front but could see several people, especially the female JTF staff, looking at the new recruit class. Word that Scott Jurgens had arrived was obviously the office gossip for the day. After every recruit had their head shaved, the three female recruits included, they were marched to the supply building and issued their green training jumpsuits. While the Agents screamed at them for their slopping cadence,...

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Portal – Chapter 10

Fifteen minutes later and with an escort from an elderly secretary that was not too pleased with the interruption, Michael found the orientation room on the 2nd floor. As he neared the door, he could hear screaming from inside. Michael decided it would be better to just slip inside and find an open seat, preferably in the back. Michael opened the door and was surprised. It looked like a typical office meeting room, the ugly ceiling tiles with the can lights and the indestructible carpet but there were no chairs, no tables, no desks, just eight people facing away from him, standing as straight...

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Portal – Chapter 9

Since the trial nearly a week ago, things at home were a lot different for Michael. His mother had tossed out all the alcohol in the apartment and attended her first  Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. She was home every night with Michael, cooking his meals as he worked to clean up and repair the damage to the apartment from years of neglect. She informed her boyfriend that she was moving on with her life and he was to move out immediately. At first he resisted and started to argue but when Michael walked in, he quickly grabbed all his possessions and left. Michael zipped up his bag, thankful he did not own many...

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Portal – Chapter 8

Michael’s mouth dropped but his shock was unmatched to Eugene or the prosecutor. They had never seen anything like this. Criminal Enhanced went to Fort Leavenworth, period. The prosecutor gathered her files, shook Eugene’s hand, and quickly left the courtroom. Michael’s mother looked like she was dancing on cloud 9. Director Lehrer, however, was not. He  would have incinerated the judge and the entire courtroom  if he had the Enhanced power to do so. Director Lehrer’s eyes narrowed as he looked at Michael. “The new recruit class starts on Monday, Mr. Larson. You will be there,” Director...

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Portal – Chapter 7

Judge Thompson looked at the man and it was obvious to Michael that he was unhappy for the intrusion in his little kingdom. Michael imagined it was like two alpha dogs staring at each other ready to fight. Both were used to getting their way and neither had any doubt that they would win. "Bailiff, get this man sworn in. He better have a good story or he will be spending the night at County for disrupting my court." As the bailiff swore in the new visitor, Michael's mom took a seat behind the prosecutor. Michael watched her sit down and noticed her demeanor was quite different when she was not drunk. "Mr....

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Portal – Chapter 6

The prosecutor first called the police officers that responded to the call. They testified that they were dispatched to checkout a suspicious person after a drone spotted Michael in gang territory in the middle of the night. Michael had been mildly curious how they found him so quickly so he actually listened to their testimony. When the JTF agents were called, they proceeded to give the routine story of how Michael was arrested, transported, and processed. They were not asked any questions about his actual crime. Michael wondered how big his cell would be. When the owner of the convenience store...

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Portal – Chapter 5

Michael stood up as his court appointed lawyer walked over to him carrying a hard shelled briefcase. Michael towered over the balding Jewish man with circular rimmed glasses. His blue pin striped suit, while not new, was obviously freshly dry cleaned and cost more money than Michael had made in a week. Michael did not envy the man. He was actually encouraged by it. Any lawyer that could dress this nicely obviously had enough money and brains to win a lot of cases. Eugene Stein a was seasoned public defender that was in the Enhanced defense pool of lawyers. Public defense lawyers for Enhanced clients...

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How to Build a Serial Story Website in WordPress

Update (27 November 2013) - Since I wrote this blog, some of the plugins have updated, most notably, WP Post Navigation. In the settings, you can now set the Navigate Within Category so the links stay within the same category, like your story, rather than jump to a blog or other stories on your site. I don't have to hack the code any more.Another author was amazed that I could turn WordPress into a working serial book website. If you ever get the weird idea to write your stories down and put them online, here is how I created the website.First, you need to download WordPress from www.wordpress.com.In...

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