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The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back.
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She had tried to return the book.
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It had been three days since my friend disappeared and I was starting to think the worst might have happened.
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Something clicked in the house and he froze, looking towards the closed door, his heart racing.
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The industrial sliding doors heaved open to a burst of bitter alpine air, a dizzying flurry of snow, and a barrage of hoarse cries
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Beware the gifts you accept, or so said your elders.
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It doesn’t start with a kiss.
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Travel east by train from Moscow and the clip of iron on track beats out the rhythm of your approach towards the Ural Mountains.
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All souls are special.
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Two thirty a.m., and no signal yet.
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Eno trudged up the road.
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My mother likes to hum.
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Very recent hiredness was its own liminal state, Verity reminded herself, on the crowded Montgomery BART platform, waiting for a train to Sixteenth and Mission.
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People ask me, ‘What was she like?
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When they file back into the room, I’m no longer in the chair.
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As Jane climbed over a hedge and landed in a pool of mud, some of which flew upwards and came to rest on her boots, gown and face, she paused for a moment, pondering whether behaviour like this might be the reason she struggled to find a husband.
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She sleeps.
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Johnny Casey launched into a fit of energetic coughing – a bit of bread down the wrong way.
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I wake when Abby shouts.
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I was six and just the two of us, my mother and I, took Booey for a walk along the beach where she and Dad grew up, the shore a mix of black rock and pale cold sand.