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Kendall watched and waited while sitting on the designated park bench. His hands clasped the black gym bag that contained his savings, cashed in 401 K and recent paycheck earnings. He still could not believe he was going to purchase his dream Mickey Mantle rookie card. He found the seller on-line. His fingers trembled, checking his watch once again. His thoughts were interrupted when he heard yelling.C. H. RichardPublished a day ago in Fiction
103rd Times a Charm
“Clink! Where are we with this?” I hiss quietly, knowing my communicator will pick it up. “Sorry Boss! This hack is taking a minute,”Heather ZiefflePublished a day ago in Fiction
Deficit you say? I am the queen of losing track of my... Squirrel... I mean, Truthfully, as an ADHD woman I really have no greater skill thanMeagan DionPublished a day ago in Poets
The Word Thief
"I know why you're here." "You do?" Jaxon sighed, annoyed. "Aye. There's only one reason people seek me out in this fetid, sorry excuse for a tavern."
Bailey stirred. Her back was cold, which was usually where her sister would curl up to her. But she wasn't there. Where was she? Bailey's shouts woke the sleeping village.Rachel DeemingPublished 4 days ago in Fiction
How To Achieve Success in Anything
"If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win but to think you can't, it's almost certain you won't. Life's battles don't always go to the strong or faster man, but sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can." -Walter D. WhiteGary RagnarssonPublished 4 days ago in Men
Ever so slowly
Her plan had unfolded ever so slowly. Unsure if it would falter and then spectacularly combust. Or would her dreams be realised?Pauline FountainPublished 6 days ago in Fiction
The Buried Lover
It was the wee hours of the morning and the perfect time to do the deed. I knew it was wrong, but my selfish tendencies got in the way. Did his mom really think one tiny film canister was enough? What I was about to do was immoral on so many levels. Even my little brother, who would do anything for me, refused to help. I had some good friends, though. I knew this would follow us to our graves.Stephanie DownardPublished 6 days ago in Fiction
Out of Water
The tail was a joke, at first. Mom liked giving lavish gifts that no one would use, then got hurt when no one used them. Like the steam cleaner she gave my older brother when he was a college student who didn't even do his own laundry.
Under a Full Spectrum of Oranges
Mac had said that Trudy was the best, that she’d be able to reach into the murky hereafter stew and pull out a beloved sparkling spoon. Or at least an edible bite. He'd said that she had an otherworldly aura, like an ethereal crossing guard or a maternal translator in heaven's waiting room. Because of Trudy, Mac apparently got to talk with his ex-wife pretty regularly. “And this time she always answers my calls,” he'd joked.
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