THE WOODS by Ronald Lee Geigle is Available on Amazon
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The opening chapter of Ronald Lee Geigle's new novel, The Woodsa saga of love, grand dreams, and transformation set in the world of railroad logging and labor unrest in the Pacific Northwest during 1937is being presented in serial form December 25 28. The novel is being published in association with WordVirgin, an indie publishing platform in Washington, DC, Seattle, and Edinburgh. www.wordvirgin.com
The Woods is available at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H59NIHQ .
Installment Three, The Woods:
Albert had heard men talk about Nariff Olben. That he was too old and too full of tall tales to be in charge of the section crew. But Albert wanted to shout as the Shay locomotive, with its massive logs behind, passed by without incident.
"What are you so happy about, kid?" asked Conrad Bruel with a sneer. Nariff, Charles Walker, Whitey, and the rest of the crew had already started back to the tool sheds, at the distant end of the clearing.
Albert shrugged. "Nothing. Just happy to see that our hard work paid off."
"Your buddy Nariff Olben ain't gonna keep his job long, you know." Conrad shielded his voice slightly so only Albert could hear.
Conrad smiled, though the heavy ledge of eyebrows turned the smile into a threat. "John Valentine is gonna kick his ass if he keeps mouthing off about him. He's asking for trouble. "
"You mouthed off just as much about Valentine."
Conrad sneered and laughed. "Nobody cares what I say, stupid. But that old man runs the section crew. And they'll all think he's just trying to start more union trouble."
Albert could not fully grasp the anger in Conrad. It popped up at odd times. It seemed that everyone on the crew was mad at something or someone. Everyone hated Valentinehe was the foreman after all. Max St. Bride was always looking to fight. But Conrad's anger seemed less even, and often sharper.
Nariff and the rest of the crew had already loaded most of the shovels and sledgehammers into the tool sheds. Albert noticed two shovels they had left behind on the other side of the track, so set off to retrieve them.
But when he stepped onto the first rail, the earth turned liquid. He stumbled and tried to regain his footing, but the rocks and ties under his feet moved againeverything around him was shifting sideways. He pitched forward, landing hard on his belly across the rock they had just laid. When he got back to his feet, he could see both rails quivering and the spikes bending away from the rails.