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It is tradition to walk down the long zig-zagged line that was my town’s potluck dinner. Every year my entire family from a little place in Ohio would line up with our community. This year, absolutely everyone is here! My new aunt has brought chicken and rice, while others have brought roast beef, turkey, mashed potatoes, spinach salad and so much more. Just walking across the wide-open field and smelling the delicious aroma makes me think of home. Where I am. I grab a plate and hear my Mom chatter on and on about how great a new jo...
It Never Was“The moral of every story is always the same. I know that all our college professors will disagree, but let’s all face the facts. The bad guy always loses, they always end up being overthrown or killed or worst of all they become the good guy.” Garrett said and I could hear something hit the wall.I just sighed, “Okay…what point are you trying to make?” I tucked my knees to my chest as I leaned back.I listened to Garrett shift behind me. “I’m saying that this isn’t over Amora, that t...
Kate wandered longingly down the path. Her big eyes hovering over anything that looked interesting enough. Little half-moons of green green clovers and little melodic bluebirds hopping along the branches.She had left her glossy green-apple sided house.In search of a delicacy, she hadn't ever tasted.She needed information on this important subject, desperately.Her first stop was Aunt Marie's home.It was a fiery redbrick house with a glossy br...
“Anna! Where’s my hat?” “Eric, where’s the cooler? The blue one with your name on it?” “TJ, in the car! Now!” So many people shouting, their voices filled with excitement as Eric, Anna, Zane, and I pile into Zane’s blue SUV. Anna takes the passenger seat, Zane is driving, and Eric and I are in the back. After graduating from high school, the four of us decided to finally take the road trip we’d been planning since 6th grade; from our boring town in Kansas to Florida. It was the third week of summer and we were fina...
"Quinn? Can I borrow you for a moment?" a soft voice at my elbow asked.I looked around and saw that Bailey, Esterloch's Master Vampire, was standing close by. Around us, many a chattering conversation was being held by our fellow townsfolk as the harvest feast continued. Flames licked at the night sky while the scents of spit-roasted meat, flame-cooked potatoes still in their skins and roasted chestnuts filled the air. I turned away from the heat of the fire, just as Jay rejoined us; my mate held a couple of turkey legs in one...
Three Friends on a Date The three friends, Mike, Steve and Dave had not had a date since they graduated from high school together, went to college together and set up their own heating/air-conditioning repair service together. Their excuse had been that they had been way too busy, which was true to a certain extent. So, at age 26, they arranged with a local dating service to procure three young women for a date at a dance club that they had frequented as teenagers. None of the guys wanted to ‘go it alone’, so it wa...
4242 Manzanilla Road. Turn left at the Allsup´s gas station and go about one and a half miles down the road. Look for a small adobe house with a brightly painted turquoise door. These were the directions given to Manuel. Manuel had worked as a plumber for seventeen years and figured he had visited every house in Las Brisas once or twice at least, but he strangely had never received a call for this house. He also knew little of who lived there, bu...
The doorbell rang twice, and each time a different person was let into the house. The first time it was the plumber. He was a man by the name of Gabbani, and he had only just started plumbing, but he was grateful for the things he had and was never one to complain a lot. The second time the doorbell rang, there was the pizza man, standing like a delivery angel complete with a steaming box of pepperoni pie and a bottle of root beer. He had also just started working as a pizza man. It was his first job, seei...
It was two years after the war, but I was still too young to join the army. The sometimes fighting its members got into didn’t appeal to me, no, it was the adventure. The adventure of going overseas and playing with things that definitely wouldn’t be allowed in my ordinary existence. I wanted to shoot big guns and drive tanks and ignore stop signs on roadways because I could. Who’d stop me? Yes, crazy. These are the things that go through a teenager’s head. However, I’m ahead of myself. &n...
The evening, like any other calamity, began with much promise. It should first be noted that the Y'vondan was not just any restaurant, but instead the premier dining establishment on this side of the continent. The chandeliers were twirling pieces of art, each one of them worth millions upon millions of the most exquisite jewels, and the wines were peerless to the point of disbelief. It was said that one taste of a Y'vondan cocktail could reduce a man to tears, and this was true to a limited extent. It depended on the sort of man...
My feet hurt so much. We were supposed to be taking a short cut through the woods to get back to our apartment faster than taking the road. So far we have been walking for two hours (taking the road would have only taken one). “Daisy, I don’t think we are going the right way,” I say. “Just shut up I know where I’m going,” she says with a worried look on her face. I don’t say anything else. Daisy is very stubborn and I know the more I question her the more she will insist she knows where she is going. I don’t hav...
It all began very early on the morning of March 15 when I got a phone call from my nineteen- year-old daughter. Kim needed her mom. Desperately needed me. Hysterically needed me. She was being admitted to the hospital. She was 700 miles away. And she was nine months pregnant! Let me back up here. A few months before this call, Kim and her young husband made the foolish decision to move from St. Louis, Missouri to Anderson, South Carolina. I might have gotten a little hysterical myself, but...
“Take the purple pill,” he said. It will make you feel higher than a kite at the top of Mt. Everest. Bennett was cute and he had also been my closest friend for the last two years. I trusted him, and I wanted him secretly, so I listened. My mistake. It was my 21st birthday and I was ready to come alive and introduce myself to the world, or at least Bennett. He was the funniest guy in the room and that sandy blonde hair did wonders for my imagination. His eyes were as light as the sky and his toned body was begging me to hold...
"Are you sure it's okay for kids to be going in a forest alone?" Kirishima began, looking at Bakugou, "hm?""Yeah I mean, with all those villains out there it could get pretty dangerous," Kaminari stated."That's exactly what I was thinking!""They'll be fine. They're not some babies.""The oldest in the group is like eight! I mean, that's pretty young to me.""They'll be fi-"BAM!"KISEKI NEEDS A HOSPITAL!" Radurī yelled, running in whilst her hand ...
The day that normal became real was quite a phenomenon. When normal came into our lives, it seemed to be anything but. What made this event all the more intriguing was the fact that it occurred simply due to a change of direction. What seemed ordinary became extraordinary, though what we were seeing before was indeed not what normal was. To put it simply, seeing normal was like putting on glasses for the first time. What we know is not all that it seems; indeed, sometimes you must see it to ...
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