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The water stung the cuts and scrapes along my arms. I inspected each one. Were they bites or scratches? No, just the rough and tumble bumps and bruises of a tomboy on the playground. I dried myself off and dressed in some clean jeans and...

I grabbed the first aid kit off the cabin wall and a jug of water. Eunice lay unconscious on the floor of the cabin. It was spacious. More cargo space than seating for this bird. I pulled up her sweater and took the first good...

Haley saw Ben across the parking lot and ran as fast as she could, tears streaking down her face. He picked her up in the massive bear-hug, so familiar from their childhood, and twirled her around. “I thought you were dead,” she said in his...

Jimmy drove too fast for my liking, but under the circumstances, I didn’t argue even if we didn’t use headlights. Ben was in the front with him acting as navigator, leaving us two girls in the back. They’d been trading shift driving for hours. It...

We huddled in the dark closet for what seemed like forever, our hearts pounding in our chests. The blood washed in my head, a tidal ebb and flow with each beat of endless waiting. My eyes hurt from squeezing them shut. I opened them slowly...

“Wake up, you idiot.” I opened my eyes to see the same old man glaring at me under bushy eyebrows, his nostrils flaring in his equally bushy nose. I squeezed my eyes tightly, gripped my pillow and tried to ignore him. He jabbed me with his staff. “Ouch....

“Why don’t you try poking out your eyes?” “And put them on my fingers again? Nah, that just made the last group laugh?” “Spitting cockroaches? You do that and I’ll use my slimy tentacles.” “Sorry, I’m out of roaches. It’ll have to be spiders.” “Are you trying to scare...

My hands shook in the cold rain as I fumbled with the shovel handle as another flash of lightning illuminated the back deck’s leaf litter blanket. I gingerly took one step down, nervous about the open back of the staircase where the cat kept her...

It was a dark and stormy night, my wife and daughter were driving to a Fire Hall outside Chester for a family gathering. The rain pounded the roads and the car skidded awkwardly around corners as the trees whizzed by. Nightfall came early as the...

Jamie slammed his hand against the dash of the car and the heater fan rattled to life. The sun glared through the crystallized windshield as he waited for the little oval of visibility slowly grew in front of him. He looked down to the gas...

Nanuk the Bear stood on his hind legs and sniffed the icy air. Dog. He looked across the snowy plain and saw the sled make its approach. The team of malamutes pulled hard, tongues lolling outside their frozen muzzles. His friend Aguta drove them relentlessly. The...

I hate waiting at the bus stop. It’s cold out and I forgot my mitts. Jamie went back to get ‘em. Tommy keeps pulling my hair on the bus. It’s around the corner and Jamie’s not back yet. I don’t want to get on without...