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Ninety-Nine Cents Only

U-Check and First to Know. Those were her options. Each only 99 cents. She picked up the blue U-Check box, flipping her wrist to read the back. Marilu wouldn’t shut up—a continuous clucking over her shoulder. “He was just being insecure, ya know? Just wanted to make sure I was his.” “Mmm-hmmm,” Steffany muttered. “At [...]

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Maw-Maw

I used to think my grandmother was crazy. She’d sit in our backyard for hours talking to the trees. I remember her telling me once that “trees are our people because they’re the offspring of the Earth’s undying spirit and our noble blood, which has been spilled all across this land.” Her favorite tree was [...]

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Once Upon a Time in Long Beach

Once upon a time in Long Beach my Ennio Morriconi theme introduced me everywhere, wrote my ticket, lucid crazies on the street would stop gibbering and swoon – I met a Brooklyn ballet dancer sauntering down Broadway and our spheres of causality venned together, centered on a man who put two quarters in a newspaper [...]

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Past the Trestle

I reach for the .38 hidden behind a book, then think, Why bother? He’ll just buy another. My dad said once, or maybe twice, that when the day comes he plans to seize the moment, like the dark side of carpe diem. And when it does, he chooses the day by design, my father, the [...]

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