Monthly Archives: September 2017

Poor Translation

The Spaniards arrived at the temple first, looking for gold. New to Cambodia, their translations were incomplete. All the Spanish got from the monks was, “Beware the Nangalang.” Fearless leader Diaz merely scoffed, “A monster?” He stepped inside the entrance, … Continue reading

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A Difficult Pet

Paul and Marjorie returned home from an afternoon of shopping. In the garage, Paul saw his shoes and groaned, “Binky!” “What’s wrong?” said Marjorie. Paul pointed, “Binky got hold of my work shoes.” Marjorie crossed her arms. “You wanted a … Continue reading

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Two Can Play

The war with the alien Aphrileans ended thirty years before, though they and Humans still hated each other. This loathing manifested in non-violent ways. Humanity’s Sheppard building, the tallest in all Human space, was destroyed during the war. The Aphrileans … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy Meets Its Match

Dr. Haanraadts stood before reporters, safely across the river from the High-Energy Physics Institute. “I’m proud to say we’ve successfully tested the Wells Drive,” he grinned. “Our time-traveling team has returned from the past safe and sound.” Reporters surged forward … Continue reading

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Unusual Skills

CIA Agent Warfield sat on a bench alongside another of St. Petersburg’s beautiful churches. Beside him, new agent Barnes fidgeted. “Where is agent Privideniye coming out?” said Barnes. “Over there.” “I don’t see a door there.” Warfield turned a page … Continue reading

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Heart Sandwiches

The heart sandwiches at Stein’s Deli developed an amazing reputation. They could cure any disease. Wall Street tycoon Mitchell Fromme visited the doctor’s office. “What’s this withering disease, doc?” Doctor Liston said, “Not sure yet.” “Ate a pastrami sandwich at … Continue reading

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Modern Fable

Monique visited the Indian cultural festival alone. Phil wouldn’t go to it, or any festival. Inside the auditorium, she met Anup, who was selling flowers. “These aren’t just any flowers,” explained Anup. “They’re magical!” “How so?” smirked Monique. Magic? Right! … Continue reading

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