The Purple Prom Dress

"How much is that one?"  She checked the tag on the back of the dress.  The third among the prom possibilities. "I like the purple one," her daughter said. "I can hem this one."  She examined the seams.  The difference saved would cover the week's groceries. People in line for the thrift store changerooms fidgeted …

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Demolition Day

"Five. Four. Three--" Local news cameras panned to the protestors clustered around the barricades. "Two. One." Silence. The brick building seemed to lift from its foundation, and hang, suspended. Onlookers clicked photos with their phones. Then crumpled in a thick cloud of grey and red dust. Birds shrieked and darted, and the delayed sound of …

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You Can Close the Light [Beauty of the World]

"Thanks for staying with me." Squeezing tighter. "Hmmm?" Their limbs a heavy tangle. "You can take over the bed now."  She rolls away. Releasing him. "You can close the light." Her laughter tickling his whiskers, she reaches for the switch. "What?"  His voice thick with sleep. "You're French when you're utura-utura." "Where are you?" Her …

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