Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom
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 Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

“Are you going to be my new daddy?” she asked directly. “I don’t know,” he said, looking down at the flowery dress squirming beside him on the edge of the living room couch.  “I like your mom, but to get married you have to really, really like each other.”
Looking for the UnseenSeen
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Looking for the Unseen/Seen by Anshika Arora

On a sunny winter morning, I heard the honking of my school bus; dressed up in my new uniform I hastened to get to my first day in the assembly. Standing in the last queue I noticed a woman in a white cloak

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My Daughters Best Friend
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My Daughter’s Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds

My Daughter's Best Friend by Michelle Reynolds “Here you go Missy.” Elizabeth hears her daughter say as she enters the kitchen. Brooklyn is sitting
The Message on Emily
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The Message on Emily’s New Phone by Charles Lee

Emily Bradley wanted a smart phone for her tenth birthday. Her mother and step-father had been reluctant to give her one because they felt it was a luxury for a child to have
The Birthmark by Loretta Martin
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The Birthmark by Loretta Martin

I was born with a birthmark that looked like a bruised flower. It trailed along the left side of my face, from hairline to where neck and shoulder met. I grew accustomed to open stares, sidelong glances, and children being chastised for pointing.
The Deceased
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The Deceased’s Wife by Charles Milton Lee

Three elderly women stood huddled in a corner of the funeral home, whispering and glaring at the deceased's wife.
Monday the 28th of August
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Monday the 28th of August

Today is the worst day I have ever experienced. But it’s not over yet. It’s not going to end for thousands of seconds.  Thousands of raw, grating seconds. I know, I’m the one with the problem. Not you. You have coping mechanisms. Your brain has worked out that to experience every second of every day would quickly lead to
Night of Fire and Glass by Justin Bendell
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Night of Fire and Glass by Justin Bendell

The freaks are out again tonight. I hear them howling. I hear branches cracking off trees. There were out last night, too. It has been warm and heat draws them to the streets. It's been like this since the war, or since the raids, but really it started with the slave ships.
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Footloose by E. W. Farnsworth

It was dark, and the party was going to start on the other side of the freshly-plowed south pasture anytime. Bob impatiently stomped through the damp earth toward the Thompson Farm.
Telekinesis for Beginners
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Telekinesis for Beginners by Michelle Lee

At the ripe age of 21, Ariel lives in failure of that first step. She’s filing papers now, an administrative assistant at the Dropbox headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley. She watches the computer engineers check in and out behind the front desk on the third floor, and all day this plagues her with a sense of inadequacy. She thinks about her upbringing in an upper-middle class