12. Helping

“Pick up that nut, Johnny.” Johnny looked, but didn’t see it. “Where is it?” “It’s there,” his father said, looking out from under the car, pointing with the wrench in his hand. “Right there....

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11. Experiment

There was no shame in having a town kick your ass, Kurt thought as he navigated the highway construction zone. No shame at all. Wasn’t anyone’s fault really. Girl didn’t work out. Job didn’t...

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10. Number

“Go ahead,” he said, sliding the napkin and a pen towards her. “Gimme your number.” She looked at the napkin, and at the pen, and knew she had two options: real number or fake...

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9. Bowling

“So, the way I see it,” Gordon said, disappearing into the next room, “there’s only one way to settle this.” Don’tsaybowlingdon’tsaybowling, Emma thought. “Bowling!” Gordon said, coming back in the room with a 15-pound...

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8. Head Start

Marc walked into the bar and saw Donnie at their usual table, a nearly empty glass in front of him. As he got closer, he saw another empty glass nearby. “I thought we were...

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7. No Outlet

“Well, this doesn’t look right.” “Oh, you think? What tipped you off?” “The ‘No Outlet’ sign.” Jay sighed, counted to 10, and then exhaled again, calmer. Kathy sighed, watched him count to 10, and...

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6. Wreck

The movies often allow time for thoughts and emotions to flow through the someone’s mind in a situation like this; the moments slow down to a crawl so that the character can muse on...

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5. Stacks

She loved to be surrounded by the books. The library, in a real sense, was her home. The idea of being in the middle, the literal center, of all the knowledge collected around her...

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4. For Lease/For Sale

“C’mon, it’ll be awesome!” “You say it’ll be awesome, but all I’m seeing is a big fat risk.” “No risk, no reward!” They walked around the property again. Meg wanted to see everything before...

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3. The Rain

It was welcome at first, the rain. It had been a dry season, and the rain soaked into the parched soil as fast as the ground could manage. The rain lasted for hours, and...

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