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First Contact between Two Peoples

“Hi, I’m an alien,” she said. She was a pretty young woman with short red hair, freckles, and a cocked smile. The person now looking at her oddly was an older woman, late twenties to early thirties, hair up in … Continue reading

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To Walk

He wanted to walk, so he walked. “You’ll get tired and wish you hadn’t gone so far,” the said. He didn’t get tired. “You’ll get homesick,” they said. “Once you’ve been away too long, you’ll come back.” It turned out … Continue reading

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As Honor Demands

“Sir Acornium, a moment! While I am sure you did not intend it, I am positive that I just now saw you digging up a delectable treat that was not your own.” “My word, Sir Pufflecheeks, that accusation is as … Continue reading

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A Special Prescription

Mark smiled across the table. As first dates went, this was pretty good. Dan had a bashful charm that had been putting a smile on Mark’s face all night. “Can I see your glasses?” Mark asked. Dan hesitated in that … Continue reading

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They’ll Never Sell

“They’ll never sell,” I said. “What do you mean? They’re genius. Everyone will want one.” She followed me out onto the sidewalk, holding her invention in the small box in her hand. “You’re half right. They’re earplugs.” “Right! Genius earplugs. … Continue reading

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In the Word Mines

Another day in the word mines. She rolled a sheet into her typewriter and got to work. A few lines in, her words began to disappear, vanishing from the page in the order she’d written them, slow at first, then … Continue reading

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Woman Pokes Holes in This Muffin Pan—When She Flips It Over, Her Brilliant Plan Is Revealed (Version Two)

Okay, so I flip the muffin tin over—it’s just an ordinary muffin tin, see?—and I flip it over like this. You watching?” The shadowed figure in the corner of the kitchen nodded, a minute incline of the head. “So now … Continue reading

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Look Out Behind You

“Look behind you,” shouted Felicity. “Look out behind you!” The person didn’t seem to notice. “Stop what you’re doing! Stop and turn around! Look behind you! Look out!” He looked over at Felicity. “What is that cat yowling about now?” … Continue reading

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Muse

He sat there while she looked over his office. She put her arms around him and held him warmly. “What a cozy little place,” she said, kissing him on the neck. “That’s not what I said,” she said, looking over … Continue reading

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So I Shot Him

It was only afterward that I realized what I’d done. All the goading, the lies, the plots and schemes, led to this moment. Had he wanted this? Him, gasping out his last, pink breath through ruined lungs; me, standing over … Continue reading

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