Monthly Archive: June 2015

86. Time

Joy looked at the parking lot’s meter and wanted to cry. “What’s wrong, Mom?” “Crystal, it’s frustrating,” Joy said. “It’s like I’ve blinked and I’m living in a new country, where I don’t speak...

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85. Roanoke

It had been years since I had last been on Roanoke Avenue, and I don’t have a good explanation of why I’m here now. If you let your memories run, the mind has a...

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84. Kindness

It was a kindness, what I did. They hate me for it, these townspeople, but I stand by what I’ve done. Before, faced with my “crime,” I’d have agreed with those wanting to hang...

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83. Deathbed

They always say what you’ll feel when you’re on your deathbed, or what you want to avoid feeling. “Nobody on their deathbed ever wished they’d spent more time at the office” and that sort...

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82. Lunar

It looks unreal. It felt unreal. It couldn’t be real. Jenny looked at the stone in the exhibit in front of her, unbelieving. The rock, part of the traveling exhibit, was from the Moon,...

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81. Lab

Neil liked being in the lab at night. It was quiet, and no one expected anything from him. It wasn’t that he didn’t belong; his test scores put him at the top of his...

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80. Subway

He hated the subway. It was unnatural, shooting through tunnels under the world above. His job was what it was, and where it was, though, and the subway was the best of a bad...

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79. Goodbub

This is such a goddamned cliche, William thought as he stood outside the door, simply marked “Goodbub.” He hated himself for even being here, but then he hated Carrie even more for making him...

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78. Dog’s

“Please let it go. Please,” Jill said. She could tell, however, that Nathan wasn’t in a “let it go” kind of place. “It’s wrong,” he said. “So it is,” Jill said. “Life goes on.”...

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77. Fish

Oh, for the life of a fish, Barry thought, looking at the aquarium. Not a fish in the ocean, where everything was designed to eat everything else. No, just a fish in a tank,...

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