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one-hundred-sixty-one-word story

Bethany’s eyes lit up and her mouth gaped as she squealed her amusement. It was but a quiet peep in that moment, but in her head it made the whole scene that much more hilarious. She slapped both hands up to her face, burying her grin, but her laughter was unmistakeable. Through spread fingers, her [...]

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one-hundred-sixty-word story

“I could tell you,” Oliver said with a shrug. “But I’d have to kill you.” Casey burst out laughing. “What a cliche, Ollie! You always were a joker. Who says that? You gotta be able to tell me something! Just fudge the details, or mix the stories up a bit.” Oliver hesitated. He seemed to [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-nine-word story

Herman looked at the many people queued in front of him with their boarding passes and passports in hand. He inhaled deeply and closed his eyes. “The line’s moving,” Vic said, nudging Herman with his laptop bag. Herman nodded and quickly closed the gap. “First time flying?”, Vic asked. Herman nodded again stiffly and turned [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-eight-word story

“Brrlaaaagh!” The noise roused Mindy from her sleep into a half-waking state. She had been dreaming of lush green fields and ponies. She wanted to be carried back to the pastures, but the intermittent tapping of keys in the next room had started to occupy her conscious mind. “Rrrolghugh… Brrraaaah!” She forced her left eye [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-seven-word story

The buzz of the industrial lights overhead filled the otherwise nearly empty warehouse. Francisco approached a large wooden crate set off to one side. It had already been pried open and emptied. Francisco wasn’t sure why he had come. He rarely met with his clients. And when he did, he always met on his terms. [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-six-word story

“We need to talk about these,” Janice said, clutching a stack of notice letters. Emil’s face went sour and he snorted, muttering something before turning away. He searched around the sofa cushions for the remote control. “Turn off the TV, will ya?”, he barked as he ran his hand underneath the sofa. “It is off. [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-five-word story

Joselyn made her way into the house and could already feel her heart rate accelerating. She simply wasn’t prepared to deal with her rambunctious children. As she approached the mischievous giggling, she psyched herself for the scolding she’d have to give her kids for whatever trouble they’d been up to. Genevieve, her six-year-old, intercepted her [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-four-word story

“Gah! I have to stop reading this trash.” Adrian struggled with the newspaper, trying to get all the pages and creases aligned so that he could fold it properly. He gave up in a huff, leaving a crumpled mess on the counter. “What’s gotten you so agitated?”, Lauren asked. “What?”, he snapped. “I’m not agitated.” [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-three-word story

It was 10:48 pm, after 17 hours of driving, when Hugo arrived at the hotel. He rubbed his face as he surveyed what would be his home for the next month, before finally letting out a tired sigh. The whole town seemed generic, and not at all as his travel agent had described. Hugo dragged [...]

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one-hundred-fifty-two-word story

“Still working on the paper?”, Sheila asked. Greg nodded as he typed. Sheila shrugged and started putting on her shoes. “I’m going out for a walk,” she said as she opened the door. “I need some air. Be back in an hour.” Sheila closed the door and skipped down to the sidewalk. She looked up [...]

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