Cardinal Rule: A Short Story is romantic, but this isn’t a romance…
What do you do when you’ve been there and done that – the good, the bad and the ugly? Meet Earline Jones, a woman who is easy on the eyes and hard on a man – when she loves him.
What do you do when you know who you love, but you don’t know how to express it? Meet Theodore Roosevelt Washington aka Teddy. When he falls in love with a woman, he hones in on her smallest details – and cracks jokes about them.
While enjoying a quick rendezvous, Earline and Teddy are consumed by three things: expressing what makes their hearts beat, sitting in red hot heat and eating ice cold treats. It quickly becomes an intersection between affection and reflection.
Buy Cardinal Rule, featuring Teddy (from the short story Swiggers in Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1) and introducing Earline Jones, and join the discussion.
This version of “Cardinal Rule: A Short Story” is 3,100+ words and includes a bonus Author’s Note section and more.
Praise for Cardinal Rule: A Short Story:
“I enjoyed reading Cardinal Rule. The dialogue and interaction between the two characters was great. I actually didn’t expect the ending.”
“Their conversation regarding their relationship was captured by a chocolate shake and a bowl of strawberry ice cream. Very clever, Joey…”
“I thought this story was very funny. It was real- I’ve heard many conversations that went along the lines of this story, and it just felt real!”
“I enjoyed a different type of storytelling infused with symbolism, sensuality, and innocence.”
“I enjoy well-developed characters. For short stories, a difficult task at best.”
“Great short story about the push and pull of relationships.”
“The information was included afterwards was indepth.”
Joey Pinkney is an award-winning author, award-winning book reviewer, book promoter and chocoholic. He favors writing short stories, novellas and essays over longer pieces. His short stories have been published in various in anthologies and compilations.
He has been an active participant in the book industry for over a decade – and has been writing for even longer. His first published book review came in 2004 in a local newspaper in Nashville, TN. Since then, he has reviewed book for various book industry websites. He also maintains a popular author interview and book review series.