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The hostess handed me the menus

“Good evening. I have a reservation under the name Wilson.” The hostess placed the menus on the table. “Ah, yes, that is your name.” She looked up at me. “Yes, I had a reservation...

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist M’Baye M’Baye tells the story of how she made it to the forest...

When I woke up everything was white. White like the night sky, blank white. I could smell the cold, crisp smell of snow and trees. I felt it through the floorboards and on the...

Savannah walked into the living room and looked at Beau

“Hey, little lady I didn’t think you’d come out this late.” Beau was still cussing at her, but she ignored it, running to him. “I was out walking the dogs and ended up at...

Beth felt as though she had stepped into an alternate reality

Even her own house felt more like an alien construct. Its wood siding was dark and coarse, its windows dark and small. Its shutters and door, the shelves of books and the walls of...

Marianne walked down Harlow Street and took a deep breath of the fresh air

To the right was the shopping district, a large plaza full of specialty stores, all of them filled with bright and shiny merchandise that the masses loved. Then, they would push farther along, to...

Tommy LaFontaine would think about all the things that had gone wrong in his life

But then he'd think about his parents. They had told him that they'd made everything okay. That they weren't really mean to him, that they loved him. And then that last night, when they'd...

This is the story of my daughter, Evey

It took me a long time to get over my anger at the world. I felt better after finding this story. A couple years ago, my wife and I saw a program on TV...

The man on the shore slept in his sleeping bag, waiting for the dawn

When the wind freshened, the man on board felt it, he dreaded it, he knew the danger. The night, the night. When the moonlight vanished, the man felt the storm, but then he saw...

As the days lengthen and the nights lengthen, the seasons change

All this change is at once very familiar and strangely unfamiliar, for we have become well used to the order of events. The seasons have been arranged in roughly the same way for at...

“Hello, I’m Constable Thaine Marr

"What do you want?" Wenestra's daughter, the dark-haired, dark-eyed young beauty of the clan, was in the room. "I'm told you need a place to hide. We have one." "Can we please just go...

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Tommy’s mission was to escape from the waking world

He needed to figure out a way to get back to his own body, so that he could complete his mission without having to go through the motions of a waking life. There was...

Beth stood atop the headland, watching the waves crash gently onto the ocean, feeling suddenly as if she was being pulled away from herself,...

Yet as she gazed out into an ocean that seemed to beckon as an unknown singer sang a song of longing, Beth felt suddenly as if she had been the one to place the...

The green eyes looked at Danielle, and then at the knight

“Sorry,” Danielle said, as she saw the last of the needles float out of sight, and the wall in front of the knight collapsed. She looked back down at the green eyes. “Is it...
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