48 votes   728 readings 5 min
There was a happy family that lived on the small island of Martinique in the French West Indies. The family consisted of 5 sons and their parents, and they were living in a simple house in a ...

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PSU The other side
19 votes   160 readings 5 min
"How did we lose?"
"This isn't fair"
"What am I lacking?"
"Why can't I win?"
"Am I not talented?"

After losing the Colorado High School Basketball Championship, a ...

0 vote   7 readings 5 min
Rainboots. She’d asked for rainboots. The black-with-polka-dots kind. She didn’t need Kate Spade or anything. In fact, she’d seen some at Walmart for fifteen bucks. So when she informed her ...

13 votes   87 readings 5 min
Eve stood on the balcony, recalling her first visit to State College. In 2017, she left the city she had lived for 18 years to study at Penn State. When Eve first came here, everything was new to ...

1 vote   80 readings 5 min
“Don’t have a cow, Lisa!” Jennifer snapped at her roommate as she shouldered open the door to the science club’s pseudo-fraternity house. “You said you wanted to loosen up! Don’t tell ...

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PSU The other side
0 vote   50 readings 5 min
There is a woodlot in the center of Pap's field. He said that years back they used it for firewood, and that the cows took shade there on hot summer days, when there was still a herd.

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PSU The other side
3 votes   43 readings 5 min
I was surprised to be having a mental breakdown in the bread aisle. It wasn’t really the mental breakdown that was surprising, and it definitely wasn’t the bread, but there was something about...

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PSU The other side
7 votes   208 readings 5 min
It was the spring of 1978, and the room 21 was ready to receive its new guest. That afternoon, a red hair girl had brought her grandmother. I did not see the tears, not even a little of sorrow. ...

0 vote   3 readings 5 min
The bathroom tiles stabbed at Rodrigo’s feet with their icy cold, even through the soles of his Donald Duck slippers. A shiver raced up his back in the dark. The warm air of May had vanished ...