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The Joke

“Ick, was this the best you could do?” Madison glared at Ashley, her country mouse cousin. They were seated at the table in the middle of a beer joint in a small town near the Indian reservation; no one called … Continue reading

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The Lie

“Three truths will I tell you and one lie.” “I spend my life working and not playing games. I can’t imagine changing that now. I’m only sitting in this airport because my mother is arriving from Seattle.” Elizabeth glanced at … Continue reading

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Return to Barsoom

Andy rocked back in his computer chair, causing such a squeaking that Mr. Sparky opened one eye to check the situation. Breakfast cleanup and vacuuming, Andy’s daily household chores, were over. Mr. Sparky was HIS dog, part Rottweiler, and “blew … Continue reading

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The Smart Snake

The old minister sighed and put down his Lutheran Catechism. “Are there any questions?” The boys were doing the one hundred foot stare in the ten foot room, and the girls were watching butterflies feast on the graveyard flowers through … Continue reading

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Screaming Cheap

“You’re the one!” “Huh?” I looked up from the variegated rubber plants in the Lowe’s garden section. “I’m most certainly A ONE, but am I THE ONE, well, of that I’m uncertain. Who are you?” “My name is Amber. Johnny … Continue reading

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Aisle Nine in the Grocery Store

Cat toys jingle. The dense multipacks of toilet paper made no sound at all, so Aisle Nine was chosen. With dusty plastic and prices set way too high, the TP façade was never bothered by the thousands of lottery ticket … Continue reading

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The Heretic

The bully set down the milkshake she’d brought from home and greeted her posse; the women too afraid to stand up to her lest they be attacked as well. Members of the posse took turns arriving early to save the … Continue reading

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Timeless Lilac

“You’re not painting the guest room purple?!” “No, Mother, I’m painting it lilac.” “You’re a forty-year-old man! People will think you’re gay! What will I tell the people in my church?” “Don’t tell them anything. They’re never invited here; they’ll … Continue reading

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Miss Castorocauda

Millions of years later, humans would call her Miss Castorocauda, Cassy affectionately. She didn’t know that, and wouldn’t have cared. She lurked among the tall weeds on the edge of a warm, shallow, landlocked sea. She ate fish and invertebrates … Continue reading

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Operation Huffy Jesus

He’d needed to get away from the greenhouse for a while; it was late July, and not much was happening there. The Easter Lilies had come and gone, Mother’s Day bouquets and potted plants were gone, Memorial Day had passed, … Continue reading

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