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Eau No!

Long ago in India a Mughal Emperor hankered to change the geographic location of the capital. Delhi was not good enough for him. He chose a destination south and near the famous tomb at Agra better known as the Taj Mahal. He named his new capital city Fatehpur Sikri. He thought of every microscopic detail and worked tirelessly with architects. He had visions he wanted executed so as to be remembered for his selflessn
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Any Body

There are some words you never want to hear, especially when you are bound and gagged, bloodied and beaten and these words are spoken by your attacker. He’d convinced her, if she’d just let him tie her up and restrain her, she’d be ok. It began with a keg hours earlier, maybe even days earlier, certainly there were drugs. Harsh things like meth entered the equation, as it had on occasion before. This man busked in th
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Clown Insurance

You’re waiting on a friend to call. The fan spins warm evening air as you watch the baby geckos so tiny, miniature and now you have made friends you like them you talk to them you whisper at them. You are proud you have found an amicable truce. There are the outdoor geckos and the ‘picture frame geckos’ who live, wittily enough, behind picture frames only to emerge at night to munch distracted bugs. You wait to talk
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Chatter

Eliza attended the cocktail party because she’d been invited and this was long before she learned to say thank you, no. This was her first year in NYC, fresh out of school, with no diploma and no plan except to explore and travel. Follow the footsteps of the adventurers. Contrary to her desires Eliza was in an upscale NYC home belonging to Etienne, a Swiss man. Eliza wore a borrowed dress, pink papery silk with a bow
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The Renter

‘I’m told you rent a room?’ Spoke a man at the front door of the crone on the hill. ‘No!’ Her answer was automatic as they sized each other up. He looked haggard but young. She balanced quietly on the threshold and with a breeze ruffling their hair their auras appeared to wave salutations. He was not young. He was over thirty but when compared to her advanced years he was a raw babe, stoic and serious with a deathly
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Swingin’

There was a time with a boyfriend they had to visit friends of his. More like clients in an indirect way, she was never sure. The first time she met the couple it was evening and unplanned when they collided in a club. She and the boyfriend went home with the couple and a small crowd, a party like a hundred she’d reveled in before. When the hostess asked her to come with her, and a male, she got up to follow. A
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Men With Guns

Somewhere in South America, in a capital city, I was visiting with a politician at the parliament. Everything white marble and grand. He showed me the main chamber, ‘Here we make laws,’ he gestured, and there was an undeniable grandeur except overpowering the elegance was a hubbub. People with raised voices were swarming the large room. They kept coming as a wave from a cracking dam. Men, some in military uniforms, a
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Tolerate a Challenge, Anyone?

    Did I mention? MICRO MINI SHORT STORY COMPETITION! Winner Gets a Prize Here are the rules: You have until the end of June to compose no more than 500 words on the subject of Intolerance, and if you can make the judges laugh you will win. Please deliver in any format you feel most comfortable: Prose, poetry, lyrics, a page of a script, an arrangement of music, a drawing. FKCC -Florida Keys Community Coll
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Fathers & Sons

I find my two favorite bands have something in common. Great fathers and great sons. I believe it’s no accident. Now, overlooking the obvious that I respect them equally, and they are both phenom powerhouses way outside the sphere of the average man. But these are not average men. In both bands the frontman is a father. On second thoughts, most of the members of both bands are fathers. But it’s the frontmen who
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