Writers Tricks of the Trade Volume 7, Issue 4 Winter 2018 - Page 16

REUNION ( CONT ’ D )
As he sat at the table talking to friends about old times and finally starting to enjoy the evening , his wife got up and went to the bar to get a drink . As she took a sip , the divorcee approached and said to his wife , “ Twenty years ago he stole my heart .”
His wife took another sip of her drink through the tiny red cocktail straw and started to walk away . As she did , she turned her head , looked over her shoulder and stared the redhead straight in the eye , and with a smile that could cut through an iceberg said , “ I know . He did the same to me . The only difference is he never threw mine away .”
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Keith Bettinger is a retired Suffolk County ( N . Y .) Police Officer . He ’ s been writing for law enforcement publications for more than 25 years and has received 18 awards for his articles , stories , poems , and books . He has a Master ’ s Degree in Human Relations with a major in Clinical Counseling . During his career he received the department ’ s Bravery Medal , Silver Shield Award , Meritorious Police Service Award , Special Service Award , Professionalization Award , Department Recognition Award , five Headquarters commendations and six Precinct commendations . He also was a field training officer and an instructor on Post Shooting Trauma and Critical Incidents .
Keith has written two books , Fighting Crime With “ Some ” Day and Lenny , and End of Watch . He has also contributed stories to the following anthologies : Cop Tales 2000 , Charity , True Blue , To Protect and Serve , and Dad ’ s Bow Tie . He shares the screenplay Master Cheat . with Jack Mille . Keith lives in Las Vegas with his wife Lynn .
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