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Archive for the month “December, 2012”

Living Conditions

The Boy tread the water and turned to take one final look at the boat as it submerged completely, giving up one last bubble of air. Rather than burn his time, and more importantly energy, panicking over his situation, he took a breath and made a deliberate assessment of it: the life-vests were among the first things lost to the fire that took down his boat; he had a wrist-mounted compass instead of a watch, but he was at least seven miles from land to the west, and couldn’t swim more than five, even with his life depending on it; he could hope for a boat to pass him, or dolphins, but a hope isn’t a plan, and he had little time to make up his mind. He realized he couldn’t bear the fear of dying with the knowledge of how close he came to land, so he put his back to the setting Sun and swam.

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The Prom

Spinner fumbled with the corsage, he had thought he’d appear more mature with the pin-style, rather than the wristband, but reality – as usual – betrayed his hopes and imaginations. With kind assistance from Becky, he finally pinned it to her dress and they were ready for the awkward photos by their parents; while Spinner was mentally kicking himself over the corsage debacle, Becky was mortified by her parents gushing over their “little chickie”. At the time they both felt humiliated and defeated, they each pinpointed it as the moment the other probably decided their experiment to be “more than friends” would disintegrate, but two hours later they shared a dance and a kiss that made them realize how deeply they were in love with one another.

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