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nickelI was once challenged … either by a teacher or a contest, I can’t remember which … to write a three wishes story. This is what I came up with. I think it still needs a little work, but is a fun read anyway.

She slips her final nickel into the one-armed bandit. She pulls the arm. Cherry. Lemon. Plum. Her nickel falls back out.

“Phew! Am I glad to be out of there!”

“Who said that?” She looks around and sees no one. She shrugs her shoulders and picks up her nickel.

“Hey! That tickles!”

“What? Who said that?”

People nearby look at her and go on with their gambling.

“Me. Who else?”

“Who? I don’t see anyone.” This time she whispers.

“The nickel in your hand, stupid!”

“The nickel? But money can’t talk!”

“Wishing nickels can.”

“Wishing nickels?”

“Yeah! You can now make three wishes, on me.”

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Lord Calgon

Remember these commercials from the 1970s?

Well, that famous “Calgon, take me away!” line inspired a fantasy story I’m working on. Here’s the opening.

Angelica hated Fridays more than any other day of the week. It was always the longest day. She worked for four hours in the morning, went to school in the afternoon, and took care of the twins in the evening. The third chore not only was a strain on her emotional well being, it strained her social life as well.

Friday is the day that people go out to party. It is the prime date day. Its the day that people finally get to relax after a hectic week. But not so for Angelica. Her parents belonged to a club that met every Friday night, and it was Angelica’s job, as eldest child, to take care of Rodney and Rebbecca.

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I came up with this while walking to the Metro station from work. “Stop that, Vermilion. You are digging your claws into my shoulder.” The small dragon shifted its weight, again, upon April’s shoulders. She dipped her tiny head toward April’s ear and made a soft, friendly hissing sound. “That’s […]

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