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      Content Warning: Suicide Derrick dropped his checked bag onto the scale and handed the ticketing agent his boarding information. The woman scanned his papers and handed them back with a plastic smile. They both watched the red numbers on the scale tick up until they finally stopped. His bag was three ounces under the ...
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    Tom led Ingrid through the halls. Elsewhere on the compound, shouts and crashes broke through the night, leading priests away from their stealthy route. Ingrid kept her hand on the knife in her belt. The leather grip stuck to her sweaty palm and one fraying end tickled her finger. She flicked it away and waited ...
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    Derrick, Kally, and Taylor waited for the interviewer in lab two with Dr. Fraiser. The second, much smaller lab was freezing, and no amount of squirming in their seats helped fight it off. Derrick peeked at Kally and waited for her to nod before they both snuggled up to either side of Taylor. He grunted ...
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    Ingrid bounced little Erik in her arms while she waited for Helgi’s answer. His haggard face scooped firelight into the hollows of his cheeks and the curly wisps of his beard. She thought back fondly to a time when he hadn’t been able to grow even a short goatee. When she stumbled across that sixteen-year-old ...
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    Rionan was nervous. She knew it would come to this. She tugged at the cords that bound her hands and hissed when they held tight. Abandoning the endeavor momentarily, she sighed and leaned against the church basement wall. Gunnar hadn’t been subtle in the last few months as he prowled around town, inserting himself into ...
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    For three years, they grew their farm and their family. Helgi and Sigrid married in the first spring after the lambing time. By the next spring, the house, long completed, hosted Ingrid, Helgi, Sigrid, Rionan, and the one-year-old. Helgi and Sigrid manned the farm and the animals, while Rionan and Ingrid made the town their ...
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    Rionan flicked away the lock of hair that had fallen over her eyes. It had grown long in the past year, but wasn’t long enough to properly tie into a braid. She did her best to ignore it and focus on her work. The blazing sun refused to let up while she bent over the ...
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    Derrick followed Callum as he led them up the drive of a sprawling farmstead to the small house in the center. It almost blended into the landscape with how low it sat. Taylor’s camera shutter accompanied their footsteps as he took pictures of the surroundings.  “The first building was somewhere that way–” Callum gestured off ...
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    Ingrid forced Rionan into a bath in the back room of the longhouse and handed her a bar of soap dotted with lavender. Rionan appreciated the subtle scent as she rubbed the smooth foam into her arms and hair and listened to the bickering outside. It felt good to have soot and dirt out of ...
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    The man who grabbed their attention was in his mid-sixties, at least, with a salt-and-pepper beard that reached his chest. He had a full mug in hand like he had just returned from the bar. Kally sniffed and nodded, “Why?” Derrick hesitated. “It’s for a project,” he hedged. “We’re college students.” The man lumbered over ...