62. Tunnel

It was time, Joel knew. Past time. In a way, it was good — he was sick of worrying — but the future he imagined was filled with fear and dread. The job —...

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61. Bore

It was the dullest, most nerve-racking road trip that Pete had ever been on. On the one hand, he was out of the office, out of cubicalville, and usually, that would be a good...

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60. Golf

“You gotta play it where it lies, man,” Darin said. “It’s on concrete, with muck all around it,” Terry said, pointing at the ball. “How am I….?” “You move it, it’s a two-stroke penalty,”...

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59. Attraction

I hated her as much as I wanted to be her. The impossibility of hating her made me hate her all the more. My sister was two years older than me, but seemed light...

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58. Beer Tent

Jack told himself, and anyone who might ask, that he didn’t have a problem. And he believed it. He enjoyed the occasional beer or three, but when Donna said she was worried, he told...

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57. Empty

The room was empty, but that was impossible. The room couldn’t be empty. I searched to see if the unit was hiding somehow, but I knew that there was simply no place for it...

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56. Race

Mark’s leg was killing him. The worst of the bleeding appeared to be over, though; the wind dried the blood and helped it clot. He looked ahead to No. 432, the guy who had...

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55. Lock

Karen hadn’t just changed the lock. She had upgraded it. Danny pounded on the door. “Let me in, Karen!” he shouted. A couple of porch lights had come on, people wanting to know what...

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54. Cereal

“Should we be worried about this?” Will said, motioning his wife to come over to the sink. “Worried about what?” Sharon asked. “Look at Mindy’s cereal bowl.” Sharon looked at the bowl. “She didn’t...

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53. Mail

Alicia was going to be his wife. Glen knew it in his bones. All he had to do was convince her of it. He felt like a Luddite, standing in the post office holding...

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