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Vietnam Across the Street

The reinforced steel mountain rose imposingly next to the front door of the house across the street from Grandmas. Every day at noon I sat in the rose-colored rocking chair staring through the picture window screen at the miniature lady with the gigantic hat tending to her front-yard garden softly singing, a Vietnamese lullaby coaxing her flowers into bloom. My ...

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My Apartment—Soon to be Left Behind

The damp, barely carpeted stairs lead to thin misfitted doors that could be blown down in one breath. Little pigs, little pigs, let me in to watch the knick-knacks scatter across the paint encrusted drafting table, into the cracks of the paisley’s thrown on sunken couch cushions, in between the secret pages of broken spines and folded ears.

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Haunting Dreams, Only I Can See

Sunlight pours like the first day of Spring; Liberty cries through their eyes. Skylarks tweedle a morning grace. Fireflies feel the warmness of trees; Cherry blossoms bring a sneaky sneeze. Airplanes crashing; blinking the eye of a hurricane. Cascading lava flares the sky. Clouds of smog fume the air. Bodies dive deeper in rolling puffs of vapor. Debris cakes an ...

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Good to See You

I am so happy to see you, With so much to tell. You’re looking quite different, But beautiful as well. I love the snowboarding suit, But im sure you’re quite hot. The room being full of people, Helps this not. I see you got your nails done, Jill mentioned doing them days ago. But yet, your hands seem different, They ...

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Carmen of Lamia

Metal screeched against steel as the train began to slow, pulling its weary cargo into the crowded public station to disembark. In the tightest corner of the third passenger car, Bethonie huddled with her duct tape-covered violin case in her lap. The case had taken her a full weekend of design and focus, taking special care to design the perfectly ...

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The Nord Krig

Asgeir pushed open the heavy door. Sensual meats, meads, and oak smoke pleased his nose. Hearty laughter and music and talk filled his ears. Roars and cheers shook the floorboards as the men played their games of dice. Other men filled their bellies with mead and chased after the girls. The girls sat in bunches around the tavern, whispering and ...

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The Dealmaker

“I don’t like this, Master. I don’t like this at all” murmured Sivian, nervously pacing back and forth across the concrete floor. Bartimaeus watched him disinterestedly. “Calm down, boy.” he drawled lazily, still refusing to make eye contact with the youth. How did I get stuck with this gunslinger at my side? Bartimaeus thought. Could it really have only been ...

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Shards of Glass

“What is a baby; A pearl from the sea? A diamond from a mountain top, Or honey from a tree? Offer me the world, Gift me with the sea, Yet there is nothing near as sweet As this little seed of me.” Mom used to sing that song, back when the world was green and we ate meat for dinner. ...

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Nameless

They call us Gnome & Monster, or Naomi & Edward. His family calls him Ted, even though his middle name is Louis—a family curiosity that every member has a different story for. He looked like a teddy bear as small toddler, he should have been named Theodore after his grandfather, and He gives hugs like a bear. His mother and ...

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The Key to the Animal Kingdom

“What do you suppose I should choose after I get my card?” I questioned my chubby cat, Chloe. I knew my slothful feline could not understand me, but it seemed like a more appropriate choice than speaking to my walls. Today was the day, and my mother was finally going to drive through the chaotic traffic to get my official ...

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