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    I was laid out on the rooftop squinting at the sky trying to see Mars through the smog when my stomach rumbled. I winced at the noise. Not really caring, I wondered what the people on Mars ate for dinner. Probably really fancy stuff since everyone there was rich. I rolled onto my side as ...
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    Read Blackout Part 1 Read Blackout Part 2 Read Blackout Part 3 Sarah ran inside the house, passed her parents sitting on the couch reading, and passed her brother staring out the window. He grew more listless, and even the sunshine couldn’t break his fog. When she reached her room, she pulled out all the ...
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    Read Blackout Part 1 Read Blackout Part 2 “Hello?” Sarah called out, but there was no one around. She walked toward her neighbor’s yard. Jaxon, the dog, was sleeping in the morning sun. This was the first day in many weeks that the sky wasn’t an overcast gray, and the dog seemed to relish every ...
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    Read Blackout Part 1 Sarah pulled the paper off the tree. The paper felt odd in her hands, heavier than the sheets of lined loose leaf she used at school. It was also slightly yellowed and the handwriting looked like one of those fancy invitations her parents used to get for weddings. She carefully folded ...
  • night
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    “Alright, Grandma. Tell me the scary stories,” Parker said, making sure to use finger air quotes to emphasize the word scary. Grandma paused and looked off into the sky, watching the sun dip slowly below the mountains. Pink and orange hues painted the horizon. Then, she began. “What I’m about to tell you, your parents ...
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    Sarah looked up at the sky. It was gray just like it had been for the last month. When the power went out everything changed. She was only seven years old, but she knew things were bad. Very bad. Her parents were always whispering and her older brother James hadn’t said a word since the ...
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    “Alright, everyone! It’s happening, let’s get a move on,” Will warned his family. “We have maybe a few more minutes, but we shouldn’t wait until the last second.” “I can’t believe this is really happening,” Will’s wife said quietly. She gathered a few of the children’s toys that were strewn all over the grass. “Will, ...
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    I looked at the woman and wondered what she would say to that. Would she even agree? There weren’t a lot of other options. I would poison them if I thought it wouldn’t hurt anyone else. The challenge is going to be to make sure that whatever we put in their food doesn’t end up ...
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    A dark that felt hollow. An emptiness so devoid, beyond the recognition of time and space. A night which does not stir, does not sleep, does not know anything of the sun. This is the Limbo before Creation. In the bowels of the deep world, a god reached into Limbo and grasped upon the designs ...
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    When it was time for me to get out of the tub, I gingerly climbed out and stood there as Dahlia wrapped a fluffy white towel around my body. From here I was moved over to the next station on the rotation. Apparently, I wasn’t allowed to dress yet, instead my hair needed to be ...