Life Party of One

You would think that all of the post-apocalyptic movies, books and video games would have prepared me for this scenario but sadly they have not. Even though I’ve imagined and even appreciated scenes like this in my mind’s eye, the reality of the situation is unexpected.   I’m all alone. I’ve always been a loner.…

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Just one moment in time

The sleigh arrived promptly at dawn. The driver pounded impatiently on the door as I tied a blue scarf around my head to keep warm. I take one last look out the window before heading through the large house to the door. It’s still snowing. That was the problem, it has been snowing for days…

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Bob Waved At Me

I was unemployed, in my early 20’s with a bad case of agoraphobia. It’s really hard to get a job when you are afraid to leave the house. Now I’m not sure how agoraphobia works with other people but for me I didn’t want to leave the house unless I was going to a “safe…

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Dust On The Keys

“Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do”   Someone is playing my piano, I’m sure of it. Sounds like a customer lost their way on the way to the bathroom and is now practicing scales in my private kitchen. I poke my head out of the door of my commercial kitchen and look around…

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Birth Day

Alice gives birth to a beautiful baby girl on November 17th, 2025. She decides to name her Ella after her mother but that name is already taken. Her vHeadset prompts her with suggestions and she chooses at random from the list.   A computerized voice materializes in her head ” Chosen name: ella1725, say yes…

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My Dirty Bowl

Everyone thinks there is something wrong with me. Maybe there is. I just can’t stand to look down at my dirty bowl anymore. Does that make me crazy?   Let’s start at the beginning, or what I can remember of the beginning. My first years were a blur. My parents were not there. But I…

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Work

“Back in my day things were different.” Gramma settles into her rocking chair sipping from her cup of tea.   “Oh here we go again.” Mom says softly but not softly enough. Both Gramma and I look at her accusingly and she shakes her head and leaves the room.   I look back at Gramma…

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The Fall

I remember the day I was born. The sun was shining down, warming me. The ground was not far below me but I wasn’t afraid of falling. Mother had me. She whispered to me that I was the miracle that would help her grow. She needed me as much as I needed her and she…

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Outside The Door

I’m sitting with Mrs. Maru in her sun porch. I had nothing to offer but lemons upon visiting and she had offered me lemonade. The sun porch was an enclosed room that had floor to ceiling screened windows to allow for a nice breeze while keeping the pests out. It was gorgeous weather for this…

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Chad’s Background Story – 20 years old – 2005

The death of his mom hit Chad really hard. She had spent her whole life sacrificing her time and energy to make sure he would have a roof over his head and plenty to eat. She had basically worked herself to death. Chad hadn’t seen it coming, one minute she was there and the next…

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