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Author has written 4 stories for Gravitation, and Hetalia - Axis Powers.

You really want to know about me? I suck at writing but I am not discouraged by that fact. I am 37 years old.

I traveled up and down the east coast with my husband selling ladies’ clothing at Street fairs and flea markets. In the fifteen years we did this I occasionally found myself sleeping in our van, or set up on some burning hot boardwalk watching dolphins in the waves, freezing in the snow at Christmas time, and driving for hours on the turnpike until the lines in the road bled together into one. We often found ourselves lost, lost for hours, lost in the Bronx. My husband and I made a very comfortable living in the flea markets, but I pride myself on the people I’ve met.

One of my favorites was a place called Cowtown. It’s a dirty little flea market in south New Jersey held every Saturday and Tuesday. It's in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by cornfields and cows that are slowly being munched up by Wal-Marts and housing developments. Cowtown and places like it have been getting slowly squeezed out of existence little by little, but I don’t think we will ever completely lose them, at least I hope not.

The sellers come from everywhere each one bringing something different to the fleamarket. They make cowtown an interesting mix of nationalities, idiosyncrasies, complaints, arguments, humor, and stories.

I don’t work down there anymore and it’s over two hours away so I don’t visit often, but I miss it. I miss watching the steam come out of the cow’s noses on the chilly frostbitten mornings in the delicate sunlight of a fresh new day. I miss watching the food stands prepare for the day with piles of onions and sausage steaming on their grills and the clank of metal poles as vendors set up a forest of pipes and battered old tarps. I have always marveled at how a mini city rises around two rotten cow barns for just a day, by evening everything scatters back to the wind leaving hardly a trace behind.

But it is the people I miss the most. There are those who would look down on people such as these who make their existence selling junk on the fringe of society. They do themselves a disservice by shrugging these people off.

I made many friends over the years, each person I got to know unfolded a whole new world for me.The stoner on the run from the law, the luggage vendors from Italy, hippies living in their van, the transvestite selling scarves, Greenie the fish man who sings soul music on the weekends, the army surplus sales girl who used to be stationed in Japan, I could go on forever. And I could write stories about all of them, but one man in particular stands out right now.

I only know him as Sam, Sam the sock man. He looks a bit like a messy Einstein, but he speaks like a male Dr Ruth Westheimer. Wild white tufts of hair sticking in every direction frame a face that sports more than its fair share of weathering and age.

If you are female he will come off as a total pervert. He is, but that’s only part of who he is. He will pester you about the meaning of life. His mantra being, “All you need is good sex and good socks.” He will tell you in a thick Slavic accent.

Under those lewd jokes told tongue and cheek with a half smile, there’s another part of Sam. If you hang around him long enough you will realize that the jokes are not meant to be taken seriously. Once he realizes he hasn’t scared you off they become a lot less frequent. Actually, they are a way to weed out people he doesn’t want near him. If you can’t take the humor you won’t last long. That’s his test, if you pass you will soon discover why he prefers to keep most people at arms distance.

Eventually your eye will catch the tattoo on his arm; or maybe he just stops hiding it from you. It’s nothing special just faded black numbers peeking out from the gray hairs on his arm. If you don’t know what they are you wouldn’t give them a second thought, but I knew what they were instantly. He will notice when you know. He always does, something flickers behind his gray eyes when he sees that look of recognition and shock.

I didn’t press him about it the first few times I met him. I was afraid to ask about such a thing. You see, I knew those numbers were given to people interred in the death camps in Germany during WWII. Throughout our conversations about socks and sex he would catch me looking at that tattoo. It was a while before I worked up the courage to ask about it.

When I did he gave a heavy sigh and told me he had been waiting for me to get to that topic. He said he knew it was only a matter of time. I saw the look in his faded gray eyes change when he started his story. The horrifying tale unfurled like the wafting smoke from his forgotten cigarette. He told me how he lost everything in hell on earth. He told me how he watched people dying, and the ashes from their bodies floated on the breezes from the crematorium ovens. Part of you will die when you hear the story, but it’s a part that needs to die. To see the world for what it really is, is to let go of the frail notions that don’t actually exist. To embrace every detail of life and death with out adding your own spin on it, is the only way to begin to understand the world we live in.

You can see it in his eyes when he tells you there is no god and you will believe him. The icy gray eyes show the sharp edges of pain worn smooth by the years, but those edges still cut. They carve deep wounds in him in the dark of night when his defenses are low. His wife will whisper in your ear about how he sometimes wakes up screaming.

I can do no justice for the details of his story. I hear he left for Florida a year ago. His children were supposed to be recording his history, but I don’t know what became of that. If he is still alive he will be down in Florida selling socks for money and handing out sexual advice for free.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Pepper's Ghost reviews
Wildchild!AU-ception. Alfred never realized that talking to strangers could spawn so many life changes. Ivan never thought hunting in the wilds could be so much fun. Together the duo would carve out a name for themselves and become something special to each other along the way. Eventual RusAme (it takes a while). Visit wildchildthings on tumblr to find out what you're getting here.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 62,961 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 2/4/2017 - Published: 12/26/2014 - England/Britain, America, Russia, Canada - Complete
Catnip by Rukazaya reviews
Shizuo x Izaya. Shizuo accidentally turns into a cat. Without knowing the tabby is his arch-nemesis, Izaya takes him home and keeps him as a pet. As a cat, Shizuo discovers a side of Izaya that nobody knows, his secrets, life, fears, loves and feelings.
Durarara!!/デュラララ!! - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 24 - Words: 96,680 - Reviews: 2264 - Favs: 2,904 - Follows: 2,427 - Updated: 8/6/2016 - Published: 5/20/2011 - Shizuo H., Izaya O.
Irresistible Force by PwnedByPineapple reviews
It's been five hundred years since America and China made the decision to abandon Earth. They are the only ones left, and survival is no longer the problem... dying is. But at least the company's good.
Crossover - Firefly & Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 12 - Words: 80,060 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 62 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 8/10/2014 - Published: 11/7/2011 - Mal, America, China
Educating America by Coffee-Flavored Fate reviews
America wants to get to know Romano better. Romano just wants to fix the idiot's tastebuds. Conservatively rated for Romano's mouth . 'cause there just isn't enough Romerica out there.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 49 - Words: 169,295 - Reviews: 1370 - Favs: 973 - Follows: 945 - Updated: 11/29/2013 - Published: 11/15/2010 - S. Italy/Romano, America
Yuki's Secret Diary by Fantony reviews
When he's alone at home, when he can't sleep while his little lover is snoring noisily... Yuki Eiri is bored. So he talks to Shuichi... in his own way...! Eiri x shu
Gravitation - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 40 - Words: 52,990 - Reviews: 655 - Favs: 219 - Follows: 168 - Updated: 7/4/2013 - Published: 11/18/2008 - Eiri Y., Shuichi S.
Never Your Hero by General Kitty Girl reviews
WWI Historical. With the face of war rapidly changing, veteran nations struggle to keep up with ever evolving enemies and their growing power. At what point can nations forgo pride and learn to cooperate with their allies for the sake of victory? **Cover Art by ScarletteDiscord**
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 25 - Words: 229,947 - Reviews: 456 - Favs: 577 - Follows: 485 - Updated: 6/11/2013 - Published: 12/21/2010 - England/Britain, America
Clinging by XxFuyukaina-BakaxX reviews
AU Alfred is a normal happy go lucky high school kid whose biggest worry is getting away with not doing his homework. That is until a Russian freak transfers into his class and starts ruining his life. USxRus, PruCan, FrUK Rating changed to M!
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Humor - Chapters: 49 - Words: 230,514 - Reviews: 1557 - Favs: 868 - Follows: 516 - Updated: 8/22/2012 - Published: 7/13/2010 - America, Russia - Complete
Misconceptions by Coffee-Flavored Fate reviews
In which Romano jumps to conclusions, and America goes along for the ride. They'll get it sorted out eventually, right? M for language, sexual situations. Romano/America. Amateur M writer, be warned!
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 30,775 - Reviews: 208 - Favs: 391 - Follows: 365 - Updated: 5/16/2012 - Published: 1/2/2011 - S. Italy/Romano, America
Naturally One by General Kitty Girl reviews
March 1873, a grand gala is held to renew U.S./Canadian relations after the conclusions of the Alabama Claims and Fenian Raids. However, this is also Matthew's first chance to see his brother since the conclusion of the American Civil War - Gift for Kitak
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,788 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 164 - Follows: 24 - Published: 1/23/2012 - Canada, America - Complete
Let the Bells Never Toll for You by General Kitty Girl reviews
Christmas Eve in London, 1940. The Blitz has only ceased for a few days time, and during it Alfred has braved the wrath of the Atlantic and his government to find the man and broken promise missing somewhere at its heart. *Based off of "NYH"* **Cover Art by Zombie4Pie**
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,064 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 140 - Follows: 27 - Published: 12/27/2011 - America, England/Britain - Complete
Inbetween Reality by Hollow-my-Heart reviews
Alfred's just trying to fit back into socitey after coming back from his service in Iraq. It sounds simple enough. Finally geting a job interview just before he goes homeless what could go wrong? A cruel partner and Post tramatic stress ain't nothing
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 13,442 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 80 - Updated: 12/8/2011 - Published: 3/4/2011 - America, Russia
Bittersweet by Preussen reviews
Russia has seemingly faded into the background after the fall of the Soviet Union. Always silent, always alone. America, frankly, is rather tired of it, and is determined to get something other than those bittersweet smiles out of him.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: K - English - Humor/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,931 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 238 - Follows: 27 - Published: 11/17/2011 - America, Russia - Complete
The Fine Feline Print by Ahmerst reviews
After a bad breakup, Alfred ends up with a cat for company. There's a creepy shopkeeper involved and a contract, but he doesn't bother reading the fine print. He really should have. Written for Fantasia, elements borrowed from Pet Shop of Horrors.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,785 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 111 - Follows: 21 - Published: 6/19/2011 - America, Russia - Complete
Helianthus Annuus by TheRockNRollBeauty reviews
"If Alfred had looked up scientific facts about sunflowers, the least that Ivan could do was return the favor in his own form: through learning the flower's history, symbolism, etymology—" college professor!AU, RusAme.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,553 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 113 - Follows: 11 - Published: 5/27/2011 - Russia, America - Complete
The Peasant Paramour by Coffee-Flavored Fate reviews
Or, True Love Will Follow You Forever...but... A Princess Bride parody/homage. Warnings for blatant crack, language. Oneshot. Romano/America Lovino/Alfred
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,902 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 99 - Follows: 12 - Published: 4/10/2011 - America, S. Italy/Romano - Complete
We'll Meet Again by George deValier reviews
WW2 AU. London pub owner Arthur Kirkland is driven to distraction by loud, brash American fighter pilot Alfred Jones. Unable to stop it, Arthur finds himself falling for Alfred's charms... just as the pilot is preparing to leave for war.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 43,415 - Reviews: 2033 - Favs: 5,648 - Follows: 1,327 - Updated: 1/20/2011 - Published: 7/18/2010 - America, England/Britain - Complete
A Pirate's Life for Me by IlluminatedShadow reviews
In which Matthew is upset over the lack of born and bred Canadian pirates, Alfred makes things worse, and Arthur and Alfred decide to role-play as pirates to get back into Matthew's good graces. There is also a boat involved. US/UK/Canada threesome.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,342 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 302 - Follows: 75 - Updated: 12/29/2010 - Published: 12/8/2010 - America, Canada - Complete
Crossfire by RobinRocks reviews
UKUS/USUK. Time and time again he could sit with him in No Man's Land, holding his hand as he died another assembly-line death. America, England and a WWII goodbye.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,996 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 159 - Follows: 16 - Published: 10/13/2010 - England/Britain, America - Complete
Alfred Jones and the Curse of the Pharaoh by Abarero reviews
Taking a page from his Hollywood hero Indiana Jones, America, along with England, sets off on an adventure that takes them deep into an Egyptian tomb. But once they seemingly incur the wrath of the Pharaoh, it'll be no easy task to escape unharmed. UK/US.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 28,329 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 277 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 4/28/2010 - Published: 11/30/2009 - America, England/Britain - Complete
Little Conversations by Hawk Clowd reviews
The apple never falls far from the tree...
Gravitation - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 13 - Words: 12,842 - Reviews: 179 - Favs: 111 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 11/21/2009 - Published: 11/9/2004 - Tatsuha U., Eiri Y.
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Firefly reviews
Alfred F. Jones, freelance space captain for hire and his crew consisting of Toris, Gilbert, and Peter, weren't intending to get sucked into a galactic war when he took a job from one Matthew Williams, but that's what happened, along with a whole lot more. Chased by the military, shot at, blown up, the ship breaks down more than the government and why are they out of food... again.
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,654 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 8/18/2014 - Published: 7/10/2014 - America, Lithuania, Canada, Prussia
Born Free reviews
Russia has a new boss and America gets invaded. So now Ivan, Alfred, and Gilbert are on the run to escape Russia, after Alfred catches up with his father and gets in touch with his Native American roots. They meet friends old and new on way
Hetalia - Axis Powers - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 21 - Words: 38,890 - Reviews: 135 - Favs: 115 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 1/22/2013 - Published: 2/13/2011 - [America, Russia] [Canada, Prussia]
A Single Spark reviews
This is a story about freeky powers, destiny, cranky novelists, and the possible end of the known world. It's funny, scary, a little bloody, and has lots of really foul language. Can one gentle heart be enough to save the whole world?
Gravitation - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 45,312 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 2/18/2011 - Published: 5/29/2005 - Eiri Y., Shuichi S. - Complete
The Tiger Stalker reviews
There is a serial killer on the loose and Shindou is his next target. Shuichi gets a bodyguard, who gets a kick out of pissing poor Shu off. It's loaded with foul language, blood, jokes, and one really angry kitten in chapter 6. Complete!
Gravitation - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 21,012 - Reviews: 121 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 5/27/2005 - Published: 4/21/2005 - Eiri Y., Shuichi S. - Complete