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    An enormous rusty barge enters a Monte Carlo harbor, creating a stark contrast against the gleaming spotless yachts bobbing on the water. Kofi, carrying a small pet carrier thanks the captain and crew, slowly disembarks and resists the urge to purge himself of his seasickness through his mouth. He finds a bench facing away from ...
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    Hikari stretches her back on an airport bench in relief after her seemingly endless flight reaches the airport. Her head and knees ache from the cramping environment of a middle seat between two obnoxiously loud people. Hikari gathers her luggage and makes her way to the security checkpoint. The security guard searches her backpack, coming ...
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    Bernard Bernard hurries through the train station carrying more pots and pans than clothes. Texting the maître d to make sure she has the restaurant under control, he sighs as his precious cargo rattles behind him. Several onlookers stare in either amusement or confusion as he rushes by. Bernard looks down at his shoes; the ...
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    On the 27th of May, four airplanes arrive at a Monte Carlo airport. The warm weather greets each guest as they each enter a separate taxi. Nia looks out of her taxi’s window and stares out into the shimmering sea below the winding road. A soft melody from the early 70s like that of a ...
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    Each letter discloses four items; a worn ace playing card that has the same symbol of the wax seal on the outside, the photograph of a tall man with an orange ascot, a credit card, and a letter with calligraphy writing. Each letter has the following message: “Hello (name of either Nia (human), Bernard, Hikari, ...
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    Mozambique, Africa Thursday, October 8, 6 PM The sunset swallows the distant horizon while shining golden rays upon the trees. Towers of giraffes stroll towards their homes, casting shadows that stretch farther than their massive necks. The distant roar of a female lion quickens the giraffes speed, their thundering hooves vibrating along the ground. Several ...
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                                                    Osaka, Japan                                                 Wednesday, October 12, 2 PM                                                 Kaze Tea Ceremony House Hikari sets several teacups down, then kneels to practice her bowing for guests. Her knees ache, and her feet sleep. She attempts to hide her discomfort by smiling. The tea kettle begins to steam, and Hikari crawls over to pour ...
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    Nia finishes off her toaster waffles and sets her dishes in the kitchen sink. Knowing her parents were not home gives her a sense of comfort.
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                                        Monday, September 19, 3 AM                                     Post Office in Monaco Fog rolls in from the coastline and shrouds the streets of Monaco. A distant foghorn alerts ships coming in from the sea to be careful. Only the streetlamps appear visible through it. Unaware of the fog’s arrival, tourists cling to their dreams of winning ...
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    2020’s personal development on friendships lost and the discovery of self.  It’s a sad truth that those we start a race with don’t always finish the race with us. As individuals, we seek companionship, we want to share in our experiences and have someone we can depend on. Real friends aren’t easy to come by, ...