The Gift of Clarity

The Gift of Clarity

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From time out of mind, Marjorie had led the fight for an alcohol-free county. It seemed like her entire life had centered around the ‘sins’ of alcohol and drugs. The ‘bad people’ and the ‘good people’ were all that mattered. It didn’t…

His Love

His Love

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The pen felt awkward in his hand. He gripped it so tightly that he feared it might break. He wasn’t good with words, but this task was more important than most. Maybe that made it even worse, more awkward. She was leaving…

The Faith of a Child

The Faith of a Child

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I turned. Mr Hallaron walked over. He’d put his hat on and was pulling a pack of cigarettes out of his pocket. He lit one up just before he got to me, probably because he knows I hate it. I looked down…

The Last Fight

The Last Fight

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“QUIT IT!” She screamed. Her voice was raw from the effort of her screams, yelling until she was hoarse from it, exerting all of the anguish and rage through her voice as she finally fought back. It had been years of dealing…

The Magic of Friendship

The Magic of Friendship

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Miss Lora was the type that spoke in all lowercase letters, sitting on her rickety porch swing, chewing tobacco and spitting at any kids who got too close. She couldn’t see well anymore, but refused to wear the glasses that hung ’round…

Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek

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She crouched down behind the boxes in the dark, doing everything she could to slow her breathing. To calm her erratic heartbeat. She put her hands over her ears, whispering to herself in her mind. ‘Squash it! Crush that fear. You can’t…

His Wild Flower

His Wild Flower

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He looked down at her hands wrapped in his, their fingers twined together as they had been probably millions of times over the last 46 years. He still remembered the first time she had taken his hand all those years ago. He…

Family Tradition

Family Tradition

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She suffered in silence. That’s just what she did and always had done. Just like her mother before her. “Don’t bother people with your problems, Kate. Nobody wants to hear it.” Her mother always gave her the same advice and then she’d…