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Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Benediction

Dog and Watch sat on the curb in front of the bodega, people-watching. A police officer turned the corner and smiled at a car parked in front of a fire hydrant. Dog whistled and catcalled at the officer, who screwed up his nose in disgust. He began walking toward the two when their grandmother, Edna Perkins, came out with arms full of bags of groceries. Dog and Watch immediately snapped them up to her delight, “Such good boys”, she said with a smile to the officer, whose lips shut tight upon seeing her. He smiled back and tipped his cap to her, then turned on his heels to return to writing his ticket. He was interrupted again moments later by the sight of the clerk, still tearing off his duct tape bonds, shouting to report a robbery. Back in their tenement building, Edna smiled and patted her grandchildren on their backs as they counted the money.

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I’ve Got You Under My Skin

She stopped in his doorway and stared at him like a goat with its mouth open. “You’re new,” she stated obviously to the newest addition to the staff. He introduced himself, as did she, but they barely saw each other throughout the campaign since his job kept him at his desk and hers out in the field. One day he was analyzing poll numbers and confirming the wording of future polls when she poked her head in his office to say “Hi.” He made the mistake of ignoring his first impression of her and she launched into a prattle. Soon her incognizance was alarmingly apparent and he excused himself from his own office – confident that she was incapable of interpreting anything negative from the gesture. Hypothetical headlines flashed in his mind as he feared the reason such an incompetent person could be hired as a paid staffer. As he paced his way through the field headquarters he tried to avoid thinking about the potential scandal involving this young, comely, and totally inept – he paused as he remembered the tangent that set the blatherskite off in the first place: she was doing the Senator’s makeup.

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I Will Remember You

Ruby peered into the tide pool and marveled at the delicate ecosystem. She didn’t even notice the tide coming in until a wave crashed into the pool splashing water into her face, prompting her to push herself up and shake her head and blow the salty water out of her nose. When she looked back down she saw a cuttlefish as white as sun-bleached bone, still tumbling from the spill. Its fin undulated rhythmically as the startled cephalopod regained composure before jettisoning a cloud of black ink and darting into a crevice directly opposite Ruby. She would recount her pursuit and study of the creature to students year after year, describing it as the moment she discovered her passion in life. Ruby Goode’s Marine Biology course had the highest student retention rate of any course at Hillman College, elective or otherwise.

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