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Frogs and Such

After a lifetime in captivity one Florida Keys resident’s private collection of pond wildlife, frogs and such, turned on each other. These beasts had enjoyed one another’s company in a complacent state until Sam, their caretaker, got his plans mixed up and the daily feeding was overlooked. The a
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Or Not To Be

It was past midnight and Violet was wide awake. In her bedroom she lay supine on the bed, arms splayed. “Meeting with HR at noon,” she whispered, and the sound of defeat in her susurrations sprung loose a tear drop. “I’d rather be dead,” she thought, not for the first time, and s
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Odds Are

Katie Jo was shocked. After less than a year of marriage her husband was leaving her. “I feel like I’ve ruined my life,” he had declared, flinging items into suitcases, “I feel like I settled. We have nothing in common!” In retrospect it was obvious there had been signs of fracture,
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Salsa Verde

…walking home thursday night a man appeared from nowhere & asked me if i know how to salsa, i said, sorry mate i don’t even eat tomatoes. anyway, i went with him to a club and it was salsa night. have you ever learned these steps? i had no idea how many rules there are, its really intricate st
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Snapshot

“Now I’ve got you,” Darren told his wife as they left the church. He felt a huge relief that the wedding was behind them. It was a breezy summer day in the desert. The young couple, both dressed in white, were walking out of the cool adobe building with a cross on its domed roof. They had invite
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Breasts

Near a picnic table four girls slept on the beach. Humps of hips and elbows slashed across faces blocking out the late afternoon sun. They were Zebra-striped with their bands of colors from their bathing suits. A couple blocks away a squabbling couple exited a squat bungalow. They bustled into a maroon minivan. &#
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Night

Key West, Saturday, Midnight. The main street was predictably clogged with revelers. My attention was splintered by the multitude of merry distractions and I almost tripped over a month old chicken. It darted from the sidewalk to the gutter, frenzied, squeaking and lost. Its feathers were tones of grey and muddy bro
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Stepping In

I wandered back toward the new digs. Down along the main street spilling with people visiting the many bars, sucked in by the sounds of music. In a bar played a band, a father and his two sons, him on electric guitar, the older boy with a sleepy eye strumming a silver tape-patched banjo, and the other, lupine,
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Iguana Boogie

From the porch of my new home in a rickety chair I look upon an enchanted view. A garden of rubbery plants and palm trees swaying in a flower scented breeze. The swimming pool is surrounded with white marble, and behind it a path of coral leads to a short wall, the beach and the ocean. Slim speedy geckos zip
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