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Belongings in the Sand | A Short Story

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A fictional short story. A tale of misadventure, from the desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the journeys between. A journey like a Kafka joke, could this be real? Juxtaposition of ordinary and surreal. Would I be able to escape unharmed? What was to become of me?

“Frightened, I stood, surrounded by my few belongings. I couldn’t help but stare at the sand covering the toes of my new shoes, black, pointy toed, with a flash of red at the heel. Like me–just a flash of the possibility of intrigue. The heat feels like 40 degrees. Cars careen by at outrageous speeds, but this is only in the periphery of my consciousness. There is nothing but sand and freeway and two individuals arguing in a language I can’t understand. Two cars parked at an angle at the edge of the bleak desert. My mind can hardly grasp the reality of what has happened. So far from home, I am frozen in the sand. Were I to see myself from above, I might look like a modern day gargoyle. All I can think in that moment of me staring is: ‘…oh, my new shoes are getting ruined. If only I had worn my black takkies.’

Nothing else seemed possible. No running, no fighting would help me now.”

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.Belongings in the Sand: The Tale of the Red Heeled Shoes is an adventure short story written by Carol Knox. Dr. Adiba of Journal English was supposed to be picking up the young professional woman from the Dubai airport. She was carefully and suitably dressed and excited about her new opportunity in Abu Dhabi. Things started feeling wrong from the minute she met the young man with the shabby car who was supposedly doing a favor for an employee of the company. She began to panic as he drove recklessly and didn’t seem to be heading towards her destination. When a cop flagged the car down and arranged for a taxi to take her to her hotel, there was some relief, but it was short-lived. The hotel employees acted strangely, and her efforts to call her daughter had been unsuccessful from her first attempt back at the airport. What had she gotten herself into?

Carol Knox’s short story, Belongings in the Sand: The Tale of the Red Heeled Shoes, is suspenseful and exciting. Her heroine is polished, urbane and successful at her business, but it is when she’s faced with danger that she becomes alive and in the moment. Knox’s plot swiftly propels the reader into her dilemma, and I could vividly envision the woman standing perplexed and tense by the side of the road. Her inability to make a call to her daughter reminded me of a recurrent nightmarish dream where I’ve been unable to make a very important phone call. Knox builds the tension subtly from her protagonist’s first apprehensions through to her strategies for leaving what appears to be a very dangerous situation. Belongings in the Sand: The Tale of the Red Heeled Shoes is an excellent short story with a satisfying and complex plot. It’s highly recommended.

Five Star Review from Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite | Belongings in the Sand

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Five star review for my short story: Belongings in the Sand: The Tale of the Red Heeled Shoes:
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite:

“Carol Knox’s short story, Belongings in the Sand: The Tale of the Red Heeled Shoes, is suspenseful and exciting. Her heroine is polished, urbane and successful at her business, but it is when she’s faced with danger that she becomes alive and in the moment. Knox’s plot swiftly propels the reader into her dilemma, and I could vividly envision the woman standing perplexed and tense by the side of the road.”

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How to Reduce Stress | Readers’ Favorite Review

See my Self-help ebook How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress available on Amazon here. Great to buy especially over the Festive Season, which can be stressful.

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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

“This world is full of things that can throw you for a loop and bring up the huge stress monster in all of us. We can’t avoid things like bad bosses, job loss, money troubles, children misbehaving, and many many more. Yet there has to be a way to cope with all of the stress that life throws your way without having a big blow out or breakdown. How to Reduce Stress: Simple Techniques for Reducing Stress by Carol Knox is the answer to dealing with the stress in your daily life and offers simple, real-world techniques to bring stress down to a manageable level any time or anywhere. It is clear that Carol Knox is educated on the matter and has done her research on the subject. You can tell through her tone and the way she writes for her audience that she has a very deep sense of caring for people and sincerely wants to help them deal with their stresses…”

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