An Unfortunate Phobia and Chess

“Shawn, did you dump Chess somewhere? “’Course not. Shut up.” He kept his eyes on his phone, his thumbs in a frenzy. “You dump off every dog I get. Emery gave me that one, said she’d be quiet and not dig anywhere. So why’d you dump her?” “Shut up. You think I dumped you stupid…

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Feed Your Heart

“Put your finger right there.” Janie did, but without any charity in her heart. Esther made up the bow all pretty and just on the lid so’s the box would be real easy to open. “Janie, doin’ this ain’t hurtin’ you. Miss Betty is gonna like that we remembered her birthday.” “Miss Betty has no…

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A Life of an Obscure Self-Published Book

Mack sat quietly on the shelf day after day with his 19 copies. The Word Master, the man who had spent long nights to move the words  from his mind to a page Mack carried had lain inert for several cycles of sun reaching and retracting across the wooden floor. Soon after, others arrived and…

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The Curiously Curved Trees

To Arlen Jewel Crisworth, Regarding your submission of July 25, 1867: Please sir, refrain from sending any further such rubbish. We shall return all other missives unopened. With Waning Regard, Pinkus Sooch, PhD, FJMD, Fellow GGLIOR, President of the National Academy of Science   Arlen lifted the top envelope to the edge of the box.…

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The Little Brown Bat Family

I shall describe this without pictures of the bats, bear with me. For the month of July, I heard almost nothing of my petite friends. I got the occasional peep and rustle from the nest in my big upstairs studio/library. I sleep upstairs at the other end of the house where I used to hear…

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