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    AC Benus

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    With a degree in Fine Arts, and a long professional career in design, AC brings unflinching attention to detail to his writings and poetry. He strives for emotional realness in all circumstances, and excels at structure and dialogue. A love of history, philosophy, and the humanities informs his work, while having honed his craft from his adolescence has allowed him to delve into the workings of the human heart. He also has a wicked sense of humor.
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  1. A Half-Ounce of Gold 3. The XXX Series

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 02/01/2017 (Updated: 02/15/2017)

    Chance meetings can lead to casual affairs, but they can also start a slow unfolding of the heart. This happens to an American in Bali when a stranger shows him a thing or two.

    **this story contains graphic sexual situations**

  2. The Tower, and other pieces

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 09/21/2013 (Updated: 02/07/2017)

    various stories, and other pieces

  3. Of Prophets, Saints and Sinners 8. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/07/2016 (Updated: 12/25/2016)

    Earth-shattering events are few and far between, but when they come, they have lingering effects.

    Two teenage boys were swept up by the winds of change, and punished for it. A firebrand reformer enlists the help of a reluctant correspondent, and both unwittingly help a department store man come up with a durable innovation to bring a little joy into people's lives.

  4. Right Where We Live 5. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/26/2016 (Updated: 12/05/2016)

    The first Christmas in six years without the world being at war; there is hope, there is remembrance, and there is uncertainty.

    The store's family-feel is reinforced weekly with the publication of "Store Chat," but it takes effort. So does social justice. The Elevator Captain, the Editor, the Columnist, an Elevator Operator and her young son all strive for the renewed potential of Christmas in peacetime.

  5. Practically Perfect 4. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/10/2016 (Updated: 11/24/2016)

    We all hurt. It seems the only cure is being willing to see things through the eyes of others.

    The store's display department is incredibly busy. One young man's strained relationship with his boss is complicated by the arrival of an outsider from Hollywood, and a young woman he meets by chance.

  6. Khalid and Kalil

    By AC Benus, in Fall - Blindsided / The Forgotten. 11/10/2016 (Updated: 11/10/2016)

    Kalil's family has kidnapped the son of an important man. Even though he's only sixteen, the boy is called upon to do extraordinary things.

  7. Famous Bear and the Ivory Tower of Commerce 2. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/05/2016 (Updated: 11/08/2016)

    Lots of ordinary things pass us by while we're busy doing other stuff. However, sometimes the veil gets thin and glimpses peek through of something brighter.

    Harry and his buddies go downtown for a day of hanging out. They're seventeen-year-old guys with a lot on their minds, although by their take-life-as-it-comes attitudes you'd never know it.

  8. A Better Place 1. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 11/02/2016 (Updated: 11/02/2016)

    Angela is stuck. It's Christmas Eve and she and her young daughter have to be in town for an unpleasant task. After dinner they take a stroll through the holiday streets and discover something pretty amazing.

  9. Bruce and Naomi have a Hard Day's Adventure

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 08/19/2016 (Updated: 09/02/2016)

    It's a hot summer day, the type we remember from our youth, and Naomi has let her coworker lead her to places she normally does not venture. Let's tag along for fun.

  10. Wini and the King of Someplace 7. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 06/16/2016 (Updated: 08/03/2016)

    Winifred Barrett is good. She was brought in to help meld two corporate identities into one, and winds up taking on more and more responsibilities. Could a career woman back then have it all? One would think not….

    Through a series of her letters and journal entries, we learn the answer.

  11. Scraps from a Diary

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 05/18/2016 (Updated: 05/28/2016)

    ...some old entries I stumbled upon in the course of my research...

  12. Sunshine

    By AC Benus, in 2016 - Secret Admirer Short Story. 02/04/2016 (Updated: 02/04/2016)

    A young man agrees to meet an admirer on Valentine's Day, and both witness how fate can work behind the scenes.

  13. It Had to be Good! - Christmas at Famous-Barr 1929 6. Christmas at Famous-Barr

    By AC Benus, in Fiction. 12/01/2015 (Updated: 12/27/2015)

    Great things are happening in the city's 'Big Three' department stores, and at one in particular, circumstances are bringing an unlikely group of people together. But the thing is, none of us know it's 'history' while we're living it.

  14. Jay & Miles: Out West (Co-Author) 0. Jay & Miles

    By ColumbusGuy, in Fiction. 12/21/2015 (Updated: 12/21/2015)

    Our heroes visit Miles' cousin in St. Louis in early December 1976. A collaboration with AC Benus covering the time of his story, Katie's Sketchbook. This is seven months ahead of the main story.

  15. The Modern Magi, or Miracle at the Angel Tree

    By AC Benus, in 2015 - Secret Santa Short Story. 12/16/2015 (Updated: 12/16/2015)

    Like a bad penny, somethings we just can't get rid of.

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