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You Have to Say

The three police officers waited in the precinct lot. One stood, two leaned on their cars, but none was at ease. “God, I wish this guy would show up,” Officer Brusky said. “Stop it,” said Sergeant Chopra. “It doesn’t work … Continue reading

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Danger of Further Sleep

Manny looked blearily at his alarm clock. He wondered if he’d just hit snooze or off, then wondered if he’d wake up again even if it blared more shitty 80s music. “God,” he croaked, “I wish I could sleep longer.” … Continue reading

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Some Mood Lighting

The light flickered when Ksenia turned it on, and it kept flickering. “Stupid lamp,” she said. “I need a lamp that works.” Joasia sat forward in the secondhand recliner. “Maybe some mood lighting.” “Yeah, that would be nice. I wish … Continue reading

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Viewers Like You

“Now me show you Elmo’s friends!” babbled the furry red puppet. Three-year-old Suzy watched raptly. Her mother Susan winced and tried to focus on her book, but the puppet’s shrill laughter made it impossible. Muttering under her breath to avoid … Continue reading

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As Cool As That

Jenny watched the man as he went by, appreciating his fedora. “Man, I wish I had a hat as cool as that.” “Grrrrrrrranted!” boomed an echoing voice. All around her, a purple haze rose into the air, and a muscular, … Continue reading

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Hello, Surprise Genie

Dennis slouched on the plastic bench seat and looked out the school bus window, slouching and morose. “I wish the ride to school was shorter,” he said. Purple mist billowed up from the bus’s heating vents, casting everything in a … Continue reading

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Attack on the Surprise Genie

She sat a quiet room, warmly embraced by an overstuffed chair and curled up around a large book. Her breath and occasional brush of paper were the only sounds. Turning another page and releasing a held breath, she murmured her … Continue reading

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Return of the Surprise Genie

Sweat soaked Laurie’s running clothes. It dripped from her nose when she bent over, breathing heavily. She looked up at the steep stairway between her and the end of her run. “God, I wish there weren’t so many stairs.” She … Continue reading

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Introducing the Surprise Genie

Wilson rolled over in bed for the fifth time and cracked his eyes open. Groaning, he crawled out of bed and took stumbled to the bathroom. Feeling toward the toilet in the dark, he muttered, “I wish I didn’t have … Continue reading

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