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Poison

Denmark

I don’t have a lot of friends. I can count those I have on one hand, two at most, and three of those are immediate family. A fourth I married. I was a bit of an anomaly upon arrival in Denmark. I wore boot-cut jeans, was darker complected than the average Dane, and spoke with such a thick accent that ...

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I rode a dragon today

dragon book

I rode a dragon today, with scales of fiery blue Gusting wings turned each page, each chapter begun anew I dreamt I was a Thunderbird, storms marking my flight Howling winds and shrieking cries and lightning rending night Today, I was a wizard, by the badger house thus claimed Through goodness and kindness and niceties we were given our name ...

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Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders: Onset, Prognoses, and Impact

chemistry

ABSTRACT Mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAOD) are a family of rare autosomal recessive diseases [1]. Even though FAOD affect fewer than 1 in 25,000 people [2], they can lead to dangerous or even fatal situations for those afflicted [1]. These diseases are even speculated to be a reason for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) giving them serious attention over ...

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Lone Wolf

wolf

Pain ends. Whether through drugs, time, or death, those crippling sensations that break bodies and bend wills eventually dwindle into nothingness. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. This desolate tundra hillside is the cold heart of a demon, yet my body is pure fire. My very cells are ablaze, cooking me from the inside out. Tissue inflames, blood ...

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Cultural Identity Crisis…or Not?

Germany

It has been long said that there is a natural rhythm of the world, one that is esoteric in nature so that few may keep up with it. The rhythm of the world is a saucy tango, rich in sudden shifts of movement, the pulse endearing. Many instruments comprise this rhythm, but I have always considered myself a musically gifted ...

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The Big Envelope

admissions

It’s the first day of our senior year, Isabelle and I’s tradition on the first day of school is to take our sophisticated picture by the front garage. I have on the traditional first day of school dress with a sweater that covers my shoulders. Isabelle showed up in sweats and a baggy t-shirt as if it’s what she wore ...

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Evil Unveiled: The Tale of Snow White Retold

Snow White

“Bathilda?” she craned her neck around to look at the new girl all her friends were talking about. I blushed and waved at her shyly. I could hardly believe I was going to be lucky enough to make friends with someone so beautiful. “Bathilda,” she repeated slowly, a look of revulsion tainting her pretty face, as though she had tasted ...

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The Silence That Swallows You Whole

small town

People like big cities because they don’t want to face the fact that the world is empty. In big cities, buildings and billboards and barricades block out the void, and if you walk fast enough, you can forget that the stillness is bound to catch up with you by nightfall. Small towns offer no such delusions. One look at a ...

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The Face I Know

mustache

Time has left its mark on his rosy cheeks. Every follicle housed a wire like hair, and the length of it laid curled on the roundness of his face— marking the days that have passed since the barber saw him last. Not even a freckle can be seen, and the whiteness reflects the years he has lived. The fur-like thickness ...

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