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Teresa Dowell-Vest
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 12: Cliff
The house is quiet. Tonight Cliff and Clair plan to enjoy the quiet...together. Wearing his gray and maroon Temple University t-shirt and jeans, Cliff comes down into the living room and turns on the television. He is waiting for Clair to return home with t...
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The Death Of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 11: Clair
The house is quiet. Clair is sitting in the bedroom, on the edge of the bed, alone. She has never known a life in this house without her husband. Hearing herself bid countless guest “good night” echoes in her mind but she is restless and will not sleep toni...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 10: Eunice Chantilly
Steam ascends from her bath water, smelling of lavender and eucalyptus. Her raised back, free standing, country copper tub makes her feel like a queen every time she takes a soothing bath. Candles lit and soft jazz bellowing from the stereo in the backgroun...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 9: Winnie and Nelson Tibideaux
May 29, 1962           Dear Clair, The seas are rough...waves bouncing beneath storms...and sickness all around. I'm fine but I'm sick too. I'm homesick for you. I miss you beyond the reach of my duty. I love the Navy but I love you more. I will marry you C...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 8: Russell
The house is quiet. The rhythmic hum of the respirator helping Russell breathe interrupts the stillness. The afternoon sun peeks through the bedroom curtains in separate shafts of light, illuminating the dancing dust hanging in the air. There is very little...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 7: Olivia
(press play for Olivia) She hates September. Sitting alone in the back yard, Olivia is waiting for someone to come explain death to her...again. The sweet, cool night is awfully deceptive. Every time...a beautiful September night holds her tears. Tonight wi...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 6: Elvin
His desk always looked so...big. The only place Elvin could imagine being during the repast, was in the exact same place as the last conversation he would have with his father in law: sitting in Dr. Huxtable's home office. Snagging a bottle of rye whiskey a...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 5: Vanessa #TriggerWarning
Clinging to the dry towel after all the dishes have been washed, Vanessa is standing in the kitchen waiting to speak to her mother, alone. All of the siblings have taken a room to clean and replace, now that the repast is over. The last of the guest have ma...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable / Chapter 4: Sondra
The day falls into night. Strangers and family continue to drift in and out of the Huxtable house, offering their love and condolences to all of the present Huxtable family members…all except Denise, who hasn't made it back from the cemetery. Sondra might ...
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The Death of Cliff Huxtable - Part 3: Rudy
"The Death of Cliff Huxtable" Part 3 of 12: Rudy The crowd is just too much... Rudy has long since grown out of the need to be the one in the spotlight. The burden of being the youngest...and being the cutest...and being the one they all wanted to see dance...
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