by SS Hampton Sr
GENRE: Erotic Sci-Fi Fantasy Romance
The most intimate journeys, though they are polar opposites, involve the unparalleled pleasures of sex and the inevitable unknown of death. Both are an experience unlike anything else: one is sought by everyone, while the other is avoided by everyone - for as long as they can. Sometimes these polar opposites complement each other.
“Rose Cliffs,” Intimate Journeys
“I’ll be damned,” Kyle Newcomb whispered in wide-eyed surprise when he emerged from his tent for his customary after-dinner pipe. He was so surprised that he almost dropped the woolly mammoth ivory figurine he intended to examine later in the laboratory tent. The finely carved figurine, badly weathered and damaged, was that of a nude woman straddling a nude reclining man.
He stared at the night sky where silent, rippling greenish curtains of the aurora borealis danced. Bright red aurora burst into life and spiraled like smoke among the greenish curtains that danced across the distant mountains and the sharply contoured sand dunes. The deep night faded to a pale shadow of itself and the colorful display overhead overwhelmed the twinkling stars. The campfires, the lanterns, and the tents all had a greenish sheen about them punctuated with tinges of red and blue.
It wasn’t that Kyle had never seen the aurora borealis, though he hadn’t, but to see those haunted, mysterious lights in the Taklamakan Desert of Xinjiang Province in far western China, north of Tibet, was new. He looked at the small camp to see who else shared the strange beauty, but he was alone. He decided against calling people from their tents so that he could savor the strange show alone; after lighting his pipe he trudged to the top of a nearby sand dune to see the lights and the surrounding land better.
Kyle sat on the crest of the sand dune and watched with awe as the silent billowing green sheets with bright bursts of red and blue slowly dimmed…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stan Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a published author, photographer and photojournalist. He retired in 2013 from the Nevada Army National Guard with the rank of Sergeant First Class; he previously served in the active duty Army, and the Army Individual Ready Reserve (mobilized for the Persian Gulf War). He enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard in October 2004, after which he was mobilized for Federal active duty for almost three years. Hampton is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom, with deployment to northern Kuwait and several convoy security missions into Iraq.
He has had two solo photographic exhibitions and curated a multi-media exhibit. His writings have appeared as stand-alone stories and in anthologies from Dark Opus Press, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, Melange Books, Musa Publishing, MuseItUp Publishing, Ravenous Romance, and in Horror Bound Magazine, The Harrow, and River Walk Journal, among others.
As of April 2014, after being in a 2-year Veterans Administration program for Homeless Veterans, Hampton is officially no longer a homeless Iraq War veteran.
In May 2014 he graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photography – Commercial Photography Emphasis. He has been studying at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with in a double major in Art and English. He recently returned from spending a cold, rainy Spring 2017 semester studying at a university in southwestern France in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains.
After 16 years of desert in the American Southwest, and Southwest Asia, he still misses the Rocky Mountains, yellow aspens in the fall, running rivers, and a warm fireplace during snowy winters.
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