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The Golden Tower

It seemed like just another ordinary Tuesday when Sophie met Baccio.

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The Sanatorium

Discarded medical equipment litters the floor: surgical tools blistered with rust, broken bottles, jars, the scratched spine of an old invalid chair.

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Chatter

I stood in the darkness of my living room, my knuckles white, my fingers tense around the sticky rubber handle of my Little League baseball bat, staring out the window into the night, trying desperately to protect my wife

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The Hatmakers

It was a wild and lightning-struck night.

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Listen, Layla

‘The full moon rose over us,’ Layla sang, while she carefully joined two pieces of metal together in the broiling, cramped welding bay.

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Just Like You

How could one say with any certainty what one hated most in the world?

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The Dare

She’d created a little altar on the chest of drawers in her bedroom

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Tipping

Forty-five, married and healthy, Liv Winsome was increasingly dismayed by her lot.

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Welcome To Nowhere River

Carra Finlay stood under the clothesline and watched in dismay as all her dreams blew away in the wind.

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Hitler's Horses

Adolf Hitler hasn’t seen daylight for a month now.

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The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

When people say ‘terminal’, I think of the airport.

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Lie Beside Me

I felt cold. Cold in the way of night sweats

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Think Again

After a bumpy flight, fifteen men dropped from the Montana sky.

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Summertime

As I write this on a Friday afternoon it has been forty-eight hours and he has barely lifted his head.

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The Tour

After more than two weeks at sea to simmer the tension between them, Violet and Daisie Chettle couldn’t stand each other, let alone stand next to each other.

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Prodigal Son

A stir moves through the Pride House Group Home, and seconds later adolescent faces pig against the muggy front window.

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