The Pearl River Excursion (The Final Part)

Harry cleared his throat, then crooned, “We’re caught in a trap… I can’t walk out… Because I love you too much, baby.” He nodded at Mr. McAllister.  The old man cleared his throat then sang in a rich, soulful—if slightly gravelly—voice, “Why can’t you see… what you’re doing to me…”  Harry watched him with wide... Continue Reading →

The Pearl River Excursion (Part 11)

Harry snatched the phone from the elderly man and crunched it back into the cradle on the wall. “What are you doing? Who were you talking to? Wait—was that Ronnie?” Mr. McAllister looked confused. He stepped back. “That dirty rotten…” Harry rubbed his face and blinked hard. When he opened his eyes, Mr. McAllister was... Continue Reading →

The Pearl River Excursion (Part 10)

Back at the club bus, after everyone had enjoyed a rest and eaten the sandwiches Neil had brought, Jerry stood and addressed the group. “Well, that was quite a morning, wasn’t it? That is an experience we will each remember for the rest of our lives. But, as you know, we came here on a... Continue Reading →

The Pearl River Excursion (Part 9)

Behind Wayne, on a small, square desk, lay a microphone. A short cable attached the microphone to a cheap laptop computer. On the computer screen a program displayed a row of vertical bars and a few animated control knobs. Brendon stepped forward and examined the screen. He turned and looked at Wayne, then at the... Continue Reading →

The Pearl River Excursion (Part 8)

Once he left the room, the club members giggled and gushed to one another.  “It’s really him!”  “I can’t believe I’m in his house. I’ve got goosebumps.”  “He looked right at me—did you see it?”  “I want a photo with him.”  “We should ask him to sing a song.”  Harry hushed the group. “Calm down!”... Continue Reading →

The Pearl River Excursion (Part 7)

Discussion unfurled into the night. Options were weighed, risks were assessed. In all things, at all costs, the legacy of Elvis Presley was to be upheld. Around midnight, with all plans agreed upon, the meeting concluded. The entire committee, along with Ewan and Ishani, and minus Ronnie (who was officially removed), would travel first thing... Continue Reading →

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