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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76. Jury Duty

Cal was normally a high-energy morning person. When Phil barely got a grunt out of him in the break room that morning, he knew something was up. “What’s wrong with you?” he asked. “I...

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75. Before…

“It’s a simple question,” Seth said, standing in front of the blackboard art installation at the museum. “And it’s anything but a simple answer,” Ty said. “C’mon, ‘Before I die, I want to….’” “It’s...

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74. Arrivals/Departures

He looked at his watch again. It was two minutes past the last time he looked at it. Her train was on time, due in 12 minutes. He looked around at all the others...

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73. Hollow

“Of all the ways to spend a Saturday, this has got to be one of dumbest,” Kate said. “Would you at least try to get into the spirit?” Ellen asked. “It actually could be...

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72. Window

He looked up at the stained glass window and felt like a damned hypocrite. He had never been a man of faith. Hadn’t been raised in a church, and really hadn’t given the matter...

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