General Fiction

The Janitor’s Secret

“Get out of the way, Albert! I’m running late!” “It…is…my…pleasure…” “Hey Albert. Someone clogged the toilet in stall three. Go take care of it, will ya?” “It…is…my…pleasure…” “Albert! I told you to clean this window, like, yesterday! Why are you still standing there mopping the floor?” “It…is…my…pleasure…” “Albert! Unclog the toilet, do you hear me? …

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The To-Do List

Frances Fowler’s to-do list: Hide CD player, radio, and all of Emmy’s death metal CDs before she wakes up Feed Herbert Go shopping: restock on frozen mice for Herbert gallon tub of strawberry-chip ice cream dark chocolate brownie mix M&Ms laxatives canned tuna random formal dress from discount racks rent Emmy’s favorite chick flicks Make …

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Cornbread & Bean Soup

I’ll always remember the day I first saw Ned. “Phoebe! It’s time to bring in the laundry!” Mother called from the kitchen. I sighed and pulled myself away from my dolls, made out of old scraps of cloth Mother had salvaged from my baby clothes. “Coming!” I said, and went out to the backyard to …

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The Ending

“Miss Annie, why do all of your stories have happy endings?” Annabelle looked at the young faces smiling up at her, and the one small girl with the shadowed eyes. The one who had asked the question. “Because I like stories with happy endings,” Annie said. “Me too!” said another child. “Me too!” echoed another, …

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The Best Friend

Asha couldn’t stand it anymore. The yelling, the screaming, the pressure, the competing. She still remembered when Charlie had entered her life. His sweet, ringing voice, his versatility, his beautiful, well-proportioned figure. Asha loved him immediately. Charlie was her parents’ idea. They were the ones who introduced Asha to her new best friend. Over time, …

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Chocolate

Thirty days of non-stop bombing, and then silence. The buildings were gone, more than half the villagers were dead. The enemy had taken over the island, and Cory was alone. His parents and friends had died in the first bombing, several months ago. In spite of his best efforts, his little brother Talon did not …

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Hikikomori Cats

Daisuke wasn’t quite sure how he had gotten to this point. Perhaps it was after his last colleagues sneered at him for the umpteenth time, or when his cousins snubbed him at the last family gathering. Perhaps it was the hopelessness he felt, watching his father waste away in the hospital–his father, who had never …

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The Letter Writer

“Please, please help me write a love letter!” Ada begged me, her giant puppy eyes shining against her dark curls. How could I refuse my younger cousin? Ada was the pampered and petted only daughter of her parents, my aunt and uncle. Whereas I was the overlooked and left-to-her-own-devices middle child of twelve with parents …

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