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My name is Alice Fowler and I’m here to tell my story about having cancer. I have a husband named Danny, two kids named Hailey and Victoria, and a dog named Oliver. The day that I was diagnosed ... [+]

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Luke Murphy woke up before the alarm, not because he was ... [+]

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The lights, the cameras, the crowd---the vibrations below his feet, they were what he loved---lived for. His loved ones, he could recall, asked why he chose to do what he did.

Why sing?

... [+]

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It was a bright, cool, sunny morning in October in a small town in Maine close to the border. The population of this small town was about 1900 people. Every morning, the air smelled of fresh baked ... [+]

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Part One

Operation Deadlock was a very bloody operation in our corrupt world where there is only war and bloodshed left. I would describe it as more like something you would expect to see in ... [+]

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I entered a stall in the girls' bathroom. Assured by ... [+]

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Crash.

Nicholas jerked his head up at the sound, the word ‘hypothesis’ left unfinished on his paper.

His grip on his pencil tightened.

He hated blood. And he hated Alex ... [+]

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Upon seeing the diving board, Jack performed the Eddy test. That is Jack looked at his friend Eddy and made sure he wasn’t the only one unimpressed.

“Huh,” Eddy said, “maybe it turns ... [+]

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It was raining when I left. The heat drained from my cheeks and I welcomed the drench, pairing with my shame the way only rain can. As I walked home, the shame remained, but it folded in on itself ... [+]

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The days couldn’t manage to become any more miserable or dour, could they? Drysalio Cervera sulked, swiping away the pile of expensive books that lay sprawled across his desk.
Books for ... [+]

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Dan was a gold medalist for the Netherlands alpine skiing team. He was the best on the team and made a great salary One day, when he went to the doctor for his yearly check-up, the doctor found ... [+]

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It was his boots that came into view first. Large, brown, well-worn leather ones. The little girl in the corner held her breath as they walked past. She didn’t want to be found. More shoes followed,... [+]

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“What exactly do you think you ... [+]

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A growling noise roused her from her thoughts and she lowered her sword toward the threat. Due to the darkness, she hadn’t seen what it was immediately, but when her eyes finally made it out, fear ... [+]

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Gravity’s hands pushes against my body. Pinning me down on my bed. For the past two days, it’s been like this. The only time I’ve gotten up was to use the bathroom. Eating is on the bottom of my... [+]

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As my car shuddered to a stop, I reminded myself again that this was the worst idea I’ve ever had. Who asks their crush to prom a week before it happens? With a groan, I let my head fall back onto ... [+]

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All things at the molecular level are made of energy. Energy cannot be destroyed. In the end it merely changes form.

I open my eyes with anticipation. Good, I think to myself, I am still here. ... [+]

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“May I speak... [+]

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I sit here in the dark wondering where I am. Another day of not even knowing what is going on right in front of me. I hear the footsteps-- heavy, loud. His hand grabs my arm, the whole thing fitting... [+]

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The old woman comes around every day. Selling her beloved chuk-chanti in the Ugandan village. The spicy delight brought warmth in the poor souls at the market.
No one knew what age she was,... [+]

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All I noticed was a loud beeping sound. My eyes were blinded by the white light above me. Each passing minute made it clearer as to where I was. My eyes were sore, and I just started feeling my ... [+]

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Edmund smiled up at the sun as his hands rested gently on top of the box of old records. There were thirty one. Two of them double albums. He was twenty-three but dressed like a much older man. ... [+]

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“We have a sub in Mrs. Abernathy’s class!”

My blood runs cold at the words, my PSP hanging limply in my hands. The Dissidia boss I had been so desperate to beat a second ago blasts my ... [+]

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They had been at the beach all morning, the three of them baking slowly, going into the water at different intervals and for different lengths of time. Their positions on the beach were similarly ... [+]

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The salty ocean air whipped against her small body, shaking her. Rocks rolling against each other as the tide pulled pebbles back to the water filled the emptiness that managed to make her feel more ... [+]

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Kay stared in wonder at the sprawling castle that loomed larger and larger as the van bumped its way up the driveway. She had seen pictures of course—like the one on the front of the study abroad ... [+]

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I opened our medicine cabinet to check Mark’s diabetic supplies, his test strips and insulin needles, because he would always let them run out, and based on his recent behavior, I had a feeling that... [+]

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The myth of the Giant is a scary one. many people claimed to have seen this Giant, but they all describe it differently.

It was a Giant with wings! Michelle exclaimed, and it grabbed me and ... [+]

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Lora Bookman was a young, ambitious , young lady that loved to see the
world. It actually became a sudden decision for her to move away from her
normal world to step into the unknown. It all... [+]

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There once was a frog who did lived in the jungle. His name was Freddy. Freddy was a very special frog not like the others. Freddy loved to sing and dance but most of all he loved to jump. He was the ... [+]

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His legs dangled off the cliff, swinging unrhythmically with one another. The trees rustled and whistled in a slightly out of tune with the grass. Every once while, there would be an additional, out ... [+]

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For me, it took all the courage my entire being could collect just to open my eyes.
“She continues to show increased activity,” I heard the doctor inform my parents as I drifted in the foreign,... [+]

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My brother always told me the story of the people of Israel and the brass serpent. They were sick; poisoned. The only thing they had to do to be healed was to look at the brass serpent that Moses had ... [+]

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We are eating, and then suddenly the table shook and threw all of our dishes to the floor. “Earthquake”! Papa yelled. Outside, the ground was shaking and people were running around, trying to ... [+]

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I woke up late in the morning. I even knew something was up since it was 9:16, and my mom typically forced me to go to school at 7:30. What had happened? Did we have the day off of school? Well, ... [+]

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I was in my room one night, talking to an Internet famous man online. Jason Sanders. He was using a different account and thought no one would pick up on it being him. He used it for negative ... [+]

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The day when I got my first pet was the most extraordinary day in my life! I was expecting a nice looking pet to cuddle with, but, what I got was... well a whole different story!

It all started... [+]

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Valarie pulled her robe tightly around her body as she shuffled slowly down the dark hallway. The only light that penetrated their second story window was the faint yellow glow from the drug store ... [+]

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Everyone in Whistlewood Forest is getting ready for the annual fall talent show. Sabra is helping her older sister Elda and their two friends; twin sisters Mia and Pia practice their dance routine. ... [+]

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Her eyelids fluttered lazily over glassy eyes, seeking to cut short her last sacred moments. Harper dropped to his knees at Akali’s side, pulling her tentatively onto his lap. He hugged her close to... [+]

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She peered into the room and flipped the switch on the outside of the door. She watched as light spilled onto the bare floors and white walls, but there was no light source. No bulb on the ceiling or ... [+]

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cour·age
NOUN
1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
2. strength in the face of pain or grief.

In my opinion, there should be a third.

3. the ability of a student ... [+]

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The car screeches, nearly missing me. The driver stops to yell at me. That what I get for walking against the light. I almost leave my suitcase in the street. It’s hard to pull my bag, with my arm ... [+]

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Before she opened her eyes, she could feel the difference in the room. The Gray Lady was coming, her presence announced by a slight static in the air that sent a minute, tingling sensation down ... [+]

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Chapter 1: A Long Exposition rabble to a disappointing resolution

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“What is courage? What does it mean to have courage? Thoughts everyone?” Vivian didn’t even look up as her teacher addressed the class. English was by far the most boring subject, and her worst.... [+]

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Emily rolled over and opened one eye hoping to sleep five more minutes before waking for school. The clock was dark, the house was dark and there was no smell of coffee coming from the kitchen. She ... [+]

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My nose wrinkles in disgust as the foul stench of indigestion fills the room. Zeke, my fifteen-year-old canine companion, is finally showing his age, and his death looms over my head like a persistent... [+]

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Jerome looked down at his phone as he whispered the phrases “I am handsome. I am worthy. I am man enough. I am beautiful.” He closed his eyes and repeated them once more. As he took a deep breath ... [+]

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Eira the Scaros had been walking towards the Citadel, her place of work, staring straight ahead in order to avoid the stares of countless human slaves. One look at her alien maroon body and long ... [+]

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The sculptor was working when he died. There was dust under the his fingernails and sweat on his brow. Lines were carved in his face, though they were less delicate than the ones his skillful hands ... [+]

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“Funny thing isn’t? Courage, I mean.”
A man in a dark suit leans forward in a wooden chair. A single light bulb dangles from a cord above his head that casts a faint glow around the small ... [+]

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My family lived in the small village of Natchez, Louisiana, on Cane River. At the corner of Highway 1 and Main St, three white crosses sit next to the railroad track, marking the place where three ... [+]

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The constellations, seated on their heavenly thrones, liked nothing more than to watch the trivial lives humans lead. Every once in a while, a human would lead a particularly interesting life that ... [+]

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I met Loic while attending our small boarding school tucked between the two hills of Mont-L’Eveque, where I was sent after the first bomb struck Boulogne. He would come to save my life and I would ... [+]

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I set out on my first voyage in the summer of 1991, when I married my first love.
I wouldn’t consider myself an adventurous person, however the anticipation of my first voyage filled my soul ... [+]

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The pale golden hue might have been vibrant once, she couldn’t remember. Now it faded before her, replaced by the image of a man, a silhouette shimmering into focus. It was the same each time. The... [+]

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The sirens are deafening.
Yet, I tune into the people screaming, the cars crashing into buildings and exploding into great balls of fire. The children cry as their parents rip them from their car ... [+]

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Really, she thought, hospital dramas and teen novels should be more accurate. There was no “steady beep,” no hospital smell (or maybe there had been and she’d simply grown accustomed to it over ... [+]

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There I was, staring up into the universe of bright magentas, yellows, reds, and this almost pearlescent white, which seemed to crawl across the sky. A fire kindled in my chest with each breath of ... [+]

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Her hands shook as she spoke.

Each word laced with uncertainty as it glided through her tight lips. The feeling of smooth indents against her hand from her fingernails that absentmindedly dug ... [+]

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Wesley paced back and forth in his kitchen while his wife, Diane, stood leaning against the counter. She stood, arms crossed, following him with her eyes. He scratched at his hair until he almost ... [+]

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Laying in that cell, I could almost feel my bones deteriorating. The cold, damp air added to the body shaking cough I had developed and the lack of sun had turned my golden skin snow white. I was ... [+]

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He found himself filled with a restless, crackling energy. A feeling of being bigger than himself grew from his shoulders to his toes, radiating with a fervent, burning passion. It was good though, ... [+]

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I went downstairs and into the kitchen, my mom was making pancakes and today I leave for the great adventure and the best part is that I will be going to the Amazon River, alone! I sit down on the ... [+]

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Corbin Green sighed, slipping his shoes off his feet as he entered his home. Another long school day was over, for which he was grateful. Tiredly, the teen dropped his backpack in the foyer and padded... [+]

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The wind blew in my face, bringing with it the smell of smoke and burning wood. I gagged at the smell... couldn’t stand it. I stood frozen in the road with thirty or so other people, screams let out... [+]

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An oddly familiar noise stirs me from my thoughts on the couch. My attention is drawn to the front door. How do the dogs not hear this? I look to my snoozing pups on the couch next to me. They don’t... [+]

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You’re a Star
Nine-year-old Star sat alone at the lunch table in the cafeteria of her new school as she picked at her cold lunch with a fork. She had no appetite. None of the other children ... [+]

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I am numb when I arrive in Tegucigalpa, traumatized after three weeks trapped in Olancho with no way of knowing if I would ever get out alive.

The city is surreal. We pass soldiers searching ... [+]

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They reminded me of prayer beads.

But I could tell from the look on her face that my daughter was not open to this idea at all.

I listened as the nurse continued, "Every time you get ... [+]

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A blizzard is nothing out of the ordinary for a city like ours. I should be used to it by now, but I can almost feel the bitter, cold air forming ice crystals in my lungs. With every breath, it is ... [+]

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Hi! I’m Bryleigh and looking back now from the vaunted perch of my 21st birthday I know I grew-up fast, basically in a day. Fourteen years ago, on my 7th birthday, or what passed for it anyway, my... [+]

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The wind and rain pummeled him from all sides like a pack of street punks eager to humble an old man, but the world-weary veteran was undaunted by the blinding storm. Reaching through the gale, his ... [+]

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Harley woke up feeling like a bus had run over him. Weak, and a bit nauseous, and most definitely like he wanted to pass out.

Which wasn’t at all unusual considering his anxiety disorder, ... [+]

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I busied myself with the last of my lunch biting into a dark purple plum then sucking the juiciness, so it wouldn’t land on my yellow tank top. But as always, it did. The water sparkled with ... [+]

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My mother would tell me that each freckle around my nose resembled spots where whiskers would grow and that my wild red-orange hair reminded her of a lion’s mane. She also made sure to tell me to ... [+]

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I followed Nora through the forest. It was dark in the early morning hours, there was fog setting on the forest floor. The ground crunched beneath our feet as we headed through the dense maze of ... [+]

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Apathy was a woman who didn’t feel anything. Apathy didn’t feel any emotion, making it hard for her to feel things, even the most simple things like eating brought her sadness. The things that ... [+]

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Ben fell in his desk chair, his head in his shaky hands; they were only steadied by weak knees. NO! he begged, pushing a fist to his eyes. Not again! But nothing could stay this horrible plague of ... [+]

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The space around the park was packed with screaming teens. They were so close together, Cam could barely push his way through. Of course, that kind of treatment was the norm for any building Julian ... [+]

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My brother, Glen, was born six years after my birth. When asked by my mother, “Do you like him?” I stated a resounding, “No!” “I wanted a girl.” I held my position as the baby for six ... [+]

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Fireworks are an American tradition. We use them to commemorate our independence, New Years, and extravagant events. Most people love the beautiful array of colors - the oranges, purples and red, ... [+]

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Cross-legged on the couch, almost room temperature coffee sitting on the table next to her, Lynette lifts her pen off the paper to look down at her words. Though not expecting genius, perhaps they’d... [+]

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My foot gently tapped the ground as I waited in the plastic office chair. The surveys, the paperwork, my fears all given to the receptionist behind the glass window. My finger lightly pressed down on ... [+]

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“Ruby, shh. Shh!” I hurriedly put a finger to my sister’s quivering lips.
“But it’s not mom,” she whines a little too loudly.
I force my palm against her mouth, sweat causing it to... [+]

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Beep beep beep. The sound of the alarm filled the house with its constant noise. It was five in the morning and time for work. Awoken, I had gotten up to do my mourning routine. It consisted of waking... [+]

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Ella sat on the edge of her bed, beads of perspiration building on her forehead. The dreams were back. For so long she had kept them hidden, buried under stress and layers of alcohol she regularly ... [+]

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Olivia lives in the small town of Cornfield. She was born with Cerebral Palsy, which is a brain injury that occurs while the child's brain is developing before birth, immediately after birth, or ... [+]

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Courage was the one thing she failed to recognize inside of her. She was never supposed to have been born; she was the “accident” baby. From the time she took her first breath she would come to ... [+]

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There’s an old adage that says, “If you’re not at the table then you are on the menu.” Geneticist Dr. Ted Jacobs repeats this to himself several times a day as he works tirelessly to perfect... [+]

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Fear had paralyzed her from a very early age. Although she didn’t know the name of it. She had learned to recognize its appearance creeping up from her toes gluing her feet in one spot, it reached... [+]

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He walked away from the casket, his heart heavy and his spirit weary. Did he do the right thing?

“She is happy now.” Someone said to him last night at the viewing.

Yes, he thought, ... [+]

5 MINUTES
“Cover for me,” Sophia hissed. “Or else.”

Zipping her backpack, she threw one strap over her shoulder. Sophia looked at me in that unquestioning way of hers, confident that I’d do ... [+]

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It’s not death that I’m afraid of, really. It’s the unknown. What lies beyond once life leaves these sacks of meat that we live in? But if I must choose between the unknown and the sacrifice ... [+]

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Jason reached behind himself to pat the stapled-on tail. It was still there. He swung it around a couple of times, reveling in the quiet swoosh. He watched Kimberly high-five Stephen, whose silver ... [+]

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She stood silently in front of the door. The grip on her books tightened as she took another breath. Only the door in front of her was blocking her from her destiny. Her hand froze at the touch of the... [+]

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Sophia had always been rather quiet. It wasn't that she didn't like talking or that she didn't have anything to say, but in her house, if you wanted to be heard, your voice had to be the loudest. ... [+]

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Llanzo Khori lived in poverty in the streets of Red Ground, Jamaica. People knew him as Dart, because of his speed, and another talent not many others had. He was commonly found in the bars on the ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Katherine makes salmon for Thanksgiving.

She doesn’t make a show of it – just a baking pan of salmon plunked down on the table with a duck-patterned potholder, a steamed bag of spinach and... [+]

3 MINUTES
Three sisters were having a conversation about relationships and marriage. “I will be walking down the aisle in two years,” exclaimed Ann. Her sisters laughingly asked her, “Oh, yeah? “Who ... [+]

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With one hand Eve scrolled through her phone and with the other she stroked her son’s chest through an opening in the incubator. The ventilator cycled a steady rhythm and his tiny ribs expanded as ... [+]

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The bus slowed down as it approached the small Oklahoman town, passing the highway sign indicating-Confederate Museum Left Exit and continued passed a railcar frozen in time. A marker made of local ... [+]

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I grip the railing under my hands more tightly. It is slick so the action does not make me feel more secure in my position so close to the sea, moving further from land with every sharp intake of ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Courage is defined as the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. I never knew what that meant before I came to prison. I grew up in a loving, ... [+]

5 MINUTES
I don’t know which is harder – not knowing when your mother is going to die, or being entirely aware of the exact moment her last breath will leave her body.

“Anna,” she said, with ... [+]

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I lay in my bed staring at nothingness as waves of anxiety crashed on the shore that is my brain. I wanted to move. I knew if I could just sit up this feeling would go away,
this void in my ... [+]

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"Don't be afraid of it, Son. You have to step into it, make hard, persuasive contact. Let it know you are in charge!"

"But dad, it's thinking the same thing! I'm not really ready for this."
... [+]

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Your life can change in an instant. Everything can be perfect. You have no reason to fear, no reason to call upon courage, and then everything changes. Everything you’ve ever feared comes rushing to... [+]

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Red mountains ring beneath the eternal blue sky. The echo of galloping hoofbeats drifts among them. The lonesome throatsong I hum is their only companion. The solitary sun hangs like a baubled incense... [+]

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Makalia pressed her lips and forced a smile until she could no longer hold it in.
“Ah, what an ominous sound! Why is that damned rooster clucking at this hour of the night?”
“It seems ... [+]

3 MINUTES
We were made to be courageous we were not designed to fear! Crying tears of sorrow or feeling like we’re out of gear, their once was a girl who never knew her way though she was brave she’d never ... [+]

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I’m waiting at the stoplight. It’s windy and cold and I can’t stop thinking about everything that’s happened. The erratic beat of my fingers tapping onto the steering wheel breaks the ... [+]

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The America’s, 1778

The wind blew fierce, foreshadowing an angry storm which cradled the dark horizon. With each whistling blow my hair flapped in the air and the smell of a violent ocean ... [+]

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Soft, salted summer winds rolled off the shore, swaying the green dune grass. The colors of the setting sun bled through the sky, creating a vast canvas of purple, pink, and white. They held hands as ... [+]

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“Mama?” Adelita stood uncertainly in the doorway, watching her mother rush around the house gathering up things and throwing them into a worn floral print bag.
Mama glanced up, not pausing in ... [+]

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It was the sixth time Max had fallen asleep at school, but only the third time he’d been caught. He sat in the principal’s office with his face covered in sharpie. This time they’d only given ... [+]

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Multiple times. I’ve run away from Death multiple times. Too often.

Chills run along my spine whenever it senses his presence. He’s infatuated with me. And I, too, with him.

He ... [+]

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My moaning of low, monotone sounds - so deep they would be terrifying if the situation was different, echo throughout the hall. Pausing at the bottom of a flight of stairs, rubbing my pregnant belly ... [+]

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It started with a face. A face that fastened itself to my every thought. It was so magnetic; so very bright and expressive. A smile that demanded my focus because it seemed constant. The eyes were ... [+]

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I remember it was sometime around last fall when all this happened. The whole shebang with the secrets and things, I mean. It was one day in particular, cold for late October, when I could see myself ... [+]

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The people are everywhere. I couldn’t understand a word of this lingo everyone seemed to speak. The giant whiteboard on the wall says my name is Alex. Alex Green. 18 years old. Says my days are 15... [+]

3 MINUTES
“We’re gonna be late for class if you don’t hurry up, Leah.”
“Oh relax, Gina”, Leah said as she opened her locker, “ It’s senior year, we can afford a few tardy slips. ... [+]

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The rays of the blazing sun beat against Avien's sweaty skin. His clothes clingy to his body, covered in dirt and tattered. Avien sits underneath an abandoned wagon, too tired to think. He roughly ... [+]

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When she left him, it wasn’t a moment too soon. She had stayed for far too long but couldn’t imagine her life any other way. She felt stuck. Stuck where she lived. Stuck in this situation. Stuck... [+]

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I was taking one of my favorite strolls along the river, when I heard a little girl scream up ahead. Two or three people were beating and kicking somebody on the ground. I heard someone threaten the ... [+]

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Vada felt the first drops of rain hit her on the top of her head. It reminded her that she had left her straw hat down by the creek. She had thought about it earlier, when she saw the clouds ... [+]

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Courage isn't always the things we do; sometimes, it's the things we don't.

It wasn't an extempore decision. Perhaps, if it had been, the incident wouldn't haunt him as much as it does. He can... [+]

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Old woman dreaming -
Things always come to hush you,
but dance anyway.

You are having the dream again. It is the one you have been dreaming your whole life - that dream you long to hold ... [+]

5 MINUTES
She’d never admit it to her, but Amira was starting to see why her mother had been against her moving out.
The apartment was low rent, had a laundry room, and covered utilities, and at first ... [+]

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“I don’t know,” she said, twisting the pendant on her necklace.

“Alright,” he said. “What about this one?”

“I don’t know,” she repeated.

He leaned on the desk... [+]

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It was here. The day she had dreaded for the last six months. Today an era would end, and she was not ready. She was not ready for the certain loneliness that would follow such a devastating ... [+]

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After Hurricane Christine struck northern Florida Noland Murphy and his family were left devastated with no place to call home, no food to feel their believes and no one tot turn to for any help. ... [+]

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She was young and quietly attractive in her soft, pink, polyester dress. She stood alone looking down into the casket at the old man. He was neatly dressed in the new shirt she had bought for him, ... [+]

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It was his prying eyes of hope; it was his smile so you could see his crooked teeth; it was his talent to make me feel better than how my head was feeling: it was he who taught me how to love. He ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The spell was broken. Now all that was left to do was find the strength to get himself out of this mess but Niklaus Alistair was digging his own grave. Literally.

There was a devil, rather, ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The café has a hard bite to the air instead of the soft, rich scent it should—burnt espresso, sweat, and hopelessness. And you’re already there, relaxed, perched at a high top.

... [+]

5 MINUTES
When I close my eyes and lay down in bed, all I can hear is the sound of tires screeching, and I can feel the impact of the car. I shoot up from my bed panting and sweating. My mom rushes into my ... [+]

3 MINUTES
It was August 6, 1945, when we first decided to use the nukes, but after that every country produced them. Sixty years before the bombs fell in 2258, Spain nuked two countries, England and France, so ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Courage, that word means a lot for some people. Courage can be different for different type of people. I believe courage is what you make it, it’s not always good in someone people’s eyes. Now ... [+]

5 MINUTES
“Are you sure you’re not scared?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.” Lies. I can feel my heartbeat pulsing through my shaky hands.
A playful breeze flirts its way through the sky, darting this way ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The foyer of the stately Pennsylvania mansion has twelve-foot ceilings and a blistering chandelier that glares down at her like a vulture circling its prey. The heavy stench of disinfectant assaults ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Rain falls outside of my window. I sit at my desk, absentmindedly drawing a palm tree. The weatherman says that it's going to be a long one.
“Buckle up folks, this storm is going to be a little ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It was the coldest morning of October and the walk from my brother’s car to the school doors almost gave me frostbite. For the first time ever, I was happy to be in school. The heating here was much... [+]

5 MINUTES
Ever since I was six, I’ve known that I am different. My whole town is made of the same people with different faces. They all went to school here, went to a local collage, fell in love with someone ... [+]

5 MINUTES
I was twelve and eyeing the first girl I ever loved from the sway of a schoolyard swing set. She was a the girl that wore dresses and looked good in them, never letting them hold her back from playing... [+]

5 MINUTES
Her magical world showed her biggest fears, how she was being consumed by her own mind.
She saw a Dream, a Princess and a monster that were herself, all of them, part of her that she couldn’t ... [+]

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With his heartbeat hammering in his ears, Mariano looked up at the gray sky slowly being tinged pink by the the first hints of sunlight. Any other day, the rising sun would have brought a smile to ... [+]

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Picture a biracial girl starting high school; little freshman, a hair taller than five foot, just turned fifteen, and terrified of what might happen in the days to follow. Now imagine that girl was ... [+]

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The pool of protestors that I have grown up knowing to embody the legs crossed, head bowed, quiet and collected, harmonious congregation has mutilated into a ravenous mob that knows no limitations. ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Last night was arguably one of the best and worst times of my entire life. It all started once I woke up. I’ve always been used to getting up in the middle of the night for things like snacks and ... [+]

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I see him. He is across the classroom, always smiling, never dull. One glance my way and my throat constricts, almost choking. I can’t face him. There is a beam of heavenly light wherever he goes.... [+]

5 MINUTES
“We’ve learned to be afraid, learned to cower in the darkness, we’ve been told that we’re worthless, that we belong in the shadows where we were born and raised. But who said that we should ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Dot was a lady bug, but the thing about Dot is he had no spots and everyday Dot could expect to be bullied. Not only was he bullied but also his best friend Wendy the butterfly. The problem was Wendy ... [+]

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"Where there is a will, there's a way." My grandmother said those words to me the day I decided to jump on a plane to the new world. This is my will and this is the way to finally bringing my dreams ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It was another late night at work. I wanted to just leave and spend time with Nate, my son, but I needed all the work hours I could get. The pay wasn’t good either, but in this economy, it was all ... [+]

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I can feel my heart beating in my feet, my breathing is so intense that black clouds are beginning to consume my vision. I take a step forward as the line condenses. I look ahead of me and see only ... [+]

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As Master Onimoto pulls his unconscious student up 2000 meters from under the sea he is sure his student will never live up to the legacy of her Elite Warrior mother and grandmother. Though he is ... [+]

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Where could the fleeing woman have gone? The men wield their flashlights, powerful beams of light that slice through the darkness. They rip into the undergrowth, searching. This is what they ... [+]

5 MINUTES
I know when my husband goes to work bartending each evening, there's a chance he will not come home after work.

He is a charming and funny guy - which makes for a great bartender. He can talk ... [+]

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I turned in church to get a look at the woman behind me. She was a year or two above my twenty two years. She was pretty in her soft yellow dress but plain. The churches rule was no make-up and no ... [+]

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The bravest people that we think of in our early lives are our parents. They help you with everything you need, and they protect you when things are bad. But, eventually, you need to replace them in ... [+]

5 MINUTES
“Benedict! Off the field!” Coach says, finally fed up. I yank my helmet off, and rush to the side lines where my other teammates are. Calls come from them from worry.

“Nate, you doing ... [+]

5 MINUTES
In 1977, I was elected “Class Sergeant” by fellow cadets for graduation ceremonies at the Southern California Police Academy. This was the first time a woman cadet would be calling cadence and ... [+]

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There was a change in the classroom that morning. Something made the room unfamiliar. As the children filed in and slid onto the seats of their desks, they saw the reason. A new boy was standing with ... [+]

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There was nothing going to stop her. She’d known about the club for a while and had been wanting to join for so long. Today, she was going to do it. Walk in, sit down, and challenge the boys.
... [+]

5 MINUTES
I don’t have history with God.

He wasn’t someone I had funny stories with from when we were kids, He wasn’t someone I could reference in a best man speech, and He wasn’t someone I ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Jacobson pressed the pistol into the palm of her hand and wrapped her fingers around it, making his intentions clear. Ashley clenched the pistol in her fingers, mindful of the trigger and looked up, ... [+]

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The family had one ritual that was somewhat normal. On the days that the step dad was off work they would all pile into the jeep and go exploring into the mountains. These trips were second on the ... [+]

3 MINUTES
There were exactly five clocks in the room where I couldn’t talk.

Three of them were placed on the numerous walls and around corners where I couldn’t see, but the last two were on the ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The lie that I was telling in those days was that I wasn’t afraid. I channeled my nervous energy into trying to convince my instructors that skydiving evoked no fear in me. I sold it well – ... [+]

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He was a soldier. He was confused and tired and homesick, or maybe lovesick, or maybe a cruel combination of the two. He made his way through the jungle, stumbling on the shards of broken sunlight ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Five foot two, eyes of blue, echoed in Tanya’s mind every time she thought of her mom dancing around the living room and singing. Gramma Judy, as the grandkids called her, had been blind for several... [+]

5 MINUTES
A terrifying, deafening bellow filled the room.
Old gray trash cans had been overturned in the cramped locker room, and seniors on the football team were banging loudly on them with their cleats. ... [+]

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At the time it didn’t feel like courage, it felt like dark hell. Every step was hell. Hell, hell, hell. Only a couple months later did a friend tell her the Winston Churchill quotation: “If ... [+]

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“It is my great honor and privilege to introduce to you, Sgt. Rick Madden. Purple heart recipient, war hero, and an inspiration to all our great men and women in the service. I will now turn the ... [+]

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Jeremy, Jane, Tyler, Axel, and Rachel were sitting in last hour at Ridgefield Middle School. They were staring at the clock, waiting for the bell to ring. The group of friends has been planning this ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Jamie finally shut her eyes after a long day of appointments and surgery. She was beginning to regret becoming a surgeon after not being able to save Tommy, the little boy with a brain tumor. As she ... [+]

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“What do you mean you’re afraid, Roberta? Just fill it out. The paper and ink are free, so get busy,” the young teacher, Miss Smythe, said handing the college application back to the nervous ... [+]

3 MINUTES
What is courage? What is a courageous act? It is said that the brave and cowardly person are both fearful. However, it is the brave one who faces his fear and does what needs to be done. We will be ... [+]

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I

Coagulate clouds hung in a thick haze over my eyes, floating lazily like a dense morning fog that follows a night of thunder. I forced myself to stand. Clothes were thrown shabbily about and ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The fire crackles, pops, and spits as I add another piece of oak wood. My hair smells of the fire as I wrap my wool blanket around me just a little tighter. My soul grows comfortable, drinking my ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Everything still felt like one big dream. I needed to see and believe everything that was going on. I needed proof. I pulled my hands from underneath the covers. My smiley face ring was suddenly in my... [+]

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When we came into these world we are born to have rights and be free. That's not how these world is turning out to be. There is a story about a 12 year old that had enough of it and had courage to ... [+]

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We’re finally here, we’re finally here! I have no idea where it is, but I love it already. Blades of grass tickle my feet as I run across the field, my head up and legs pumping. I cross a dirt ... [+]

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Once upon time, a young girl by the name of Cindy was spoiled by her parents. She had everything she wanted except love from her brothers. Her two brothers were a few years older than he, but it ... [+]

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Amelia sat on the beach. Yes, it was the middle of the winter, and yes, she was freezing, but nothing would get in her way.

Everything was silent except for the crashing of the waves. The smell... [+]

5 MINUTES
I met Tim in class at an improvisational acting retreat. He was a stocky guy, with a rubber-mask face that could only be described as Howdy Doody-like and Bassett Hound eyes that made him look sad. ... [+]

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A zephyr. People moving to and fro. Buying and trading. An ordinary day in the market place. Her muse continued to walk alongside. A gasp. On the right across the street. Signage behind the crowd. ... [+]

5 MINUTES
In modern America, you don't only fear Korean missiles or the government's next move. You fear your neighbors, the strangers you bump into at Safeway. Because who knows what they're thinking? ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Ann didn’t realize she had forgotten her jacket until she arrived at the train station.

Westford was a sleepy town, so it didn’t make much sense for its station to be more than a single ... [+]

5 MINUTES
My muscles ached and I wondered if they were bulging through my spandex pants from the strain of hiking the long trail up to the lake. I pushed myself to keep moving forward; I hoped that as my legs... [+]

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It was a normal sunny day in Greenville; Gray was walking to school wearing his dirty white high converse like he always does. As per usual he stalled at the Donut Shop and bought himself a chocolate ... [+]

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Before I explain why I despise you so, it's important for you to know, it's personal. Your very essence drives me livid, and so my preference is to get as far away from you as possible. Better yet, to... [+]

3 MINUTES
Emily sat in her chair with her feet pulled up and hanging over the front edge. Her shoelaces were untied, but she didn’t have time to worry over that unimportant detail. Emily was worrying about ... [+]

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The monster’s eyes were wide open, in uncontrollable fright. He had been trying to fall asleep for two hours, but the dark switch was off. All the monster could see in the blinding brightness of ... [+]

1 MINUTE
Katherine spent many years depressed and feeling lost.
She cried many tears and lost much time wasted in life.
Katherine had a friend that she looked up to for she was brave.
She took life ... [+]

1 MINUTE
My daughter and I watched the wedding planner.

A moment earlier, a few seconds before we were to enter the chamber where the ceremony was to take place, a fire alarm went off and a recorded ... [+]

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Dawn wasn’t sure where she was going or why she had left her friend’s party in such a rush, but instinct told her to keep driving. A familiar exit came along on her right and without thinking, she... [+]

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It was 8 a.m. on an early St. Petersburg, Florida, morning. I always liked to get an early start on Saturdays. I grabbed my deck of Bicycle playing cards and a Beatles 8-track tape, “Sgt. ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The room was hot and stuffy, and oddly smelled like pepperoni. Sidney subtly sniffed her armpit to make sure- yep, it was definitely the room. The room was also smaller than she expected, which ... [+]

3 MINUTES
“Paolo, it’s time to get up.” My mother places her hand on my shoulder and wakes me up with a gentle shake. Her slender frame hovers over me like the lingering branches of a willow caressing the... [+]

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June 26th 2015 8:32 PM
I open my eyes to complete darkness. My heart is racing, blood pumping, with sweat rolling down my skin. The pressure is undeniable. I can’t breathe. I can’t speak. There... [+]

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My mind is racing. I hear every noise, yet I hear nothing. I can’t believe it has gotten to this point. I have so many questions for myself. Mostly angry questions. I don’t like this feeling. I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
On the corner of Plum Avenue, there stands a house. Some call it big, some call it small, but no one is exactly sure what size it’s supposed to be. From the left, the newer coats of paint reveal a... [+]

1 MINUTE
The sun leaks through the cracked window, making it nearly impossible for me to peer outside this small car.

I close my eyes, desperately trying to forget the horror of the past year. Images of... [+]

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It was just any usual day at Garden City, Kansas. When the clock hit three P.M., three friends headed home on their school bus numbered thirteen. Nothing seem out of the ordinary but something was ... [+]

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“Aimee,” called Mrs. Branson, “start serving dinner. The king is bringing his new bride.”
Aimee walked in from the setting up the dining room.
“Alright,” Aimee replied.
“I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Waiting at a lover’s door for courage to alight, who would think to call me a coward? For me, it’s wisdom that keeps me at bay, a nature well-versed in courtship and circumstance. In my case I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Houses have an ability to take on lives of their own, to becomes homes and to mirror the inhabitants within. Growing up, it was said that my house was haunted and none of my friends dared to spend the... [+]

5 MINUTES
I can still back out. No one has a gun to my head. I can tell them I won't be doing it, and just walk out.

Can I really do this?

"There are a lot of things that sound like they ... [+]

5 MINUTES
“Mom? Dad?” I yell.

“What, Jade?” my mom calls from downstairs.

“I need to talk to you about something!” I shout.

“Come down here, I can’t hear you!”

I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Here and now. Under the sun. I never would have thought that this – this would be my endgame. Somewhere there must be, somewhere I must have, the resolution to see it through to the last move. ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The moon was nice thought Ernest. Tomorrow it would be his job to kill that man and his family. That would not be nice, that would be anything but nice. But that was tomorrow. Right now, the moon, the... [+]

3 MINUTES
Now, what was that word?

This happens daily now. I am writing something or speaking to my husband and what I want to say goes out of my head, or I can't come up with the right word. Right now I... [+]

5 MINUTES
Thursday, January 25

Dear Mom,

College applications are due next week. Mr. Haven said my personal growth essay would be excellent for them. I told him I didn’t think college ... [+]

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Jamie sat staring out the window of her third-grade classroom. Her class had just finished lunch. Recess was next; the most anticipated time of day, every child’s favorite subject. Every child ... [+]

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The sun was finally beginning to descend in the sky. The eastern horizon darkened to a deep saturated blue that promised a cloudless night. Though the moon was waning, still there was sufficient light... [+]

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He knew how to leave prints behind him. Wherever he went by, he left a piece of art. Or at least, that was the way he called them...
Dozens of empty milk cartons, crashed cars, bed pans, old shoes,... [+]

5 MINUTES
I looked up from my copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because I heard a series of taps on my window. I rose from my bed and walked across the room to the window, where I peeked out of my ... [+]

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As the doors to the old keep were strained opened a thick dust fell. Rays of light shone through the cracked stained glass windows and casted harsh shadows into the dank interior. Snow came in at ... [+]

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Joseph was always the life of the party since he was growing up and everyone loved him. Whenever you had a conversation with him he always listened and gave his genuine opinion, while never judging ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Darla heard the knock on the front door all the way back in her bedroom with her door shut. This house wasn’t built for privacy.

That would be Mr. and Mrs. Harvey from across the street ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Rumination: n. a deep or considered thought about something.
I must look so pathetic sitting on my bed, crying, thinking about how horrible my life is. It’s terribly ignorant of me to feel so... [+]

3 MINUTES
The bed always feels colder without him. We were inseparable. I was his Bonnie. He was my Clyde. It was like that until the day he died. To make matters worse, I had a heart attack when I heard the ... [+]

3 MINUTES
She stood looking at his face under the unforgiving lights in his hospital room. His hair was startlingly white against his browned skin. The stroke they said. His face was the same, maybe a little ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It was always cold weather that put me in these determined moods. A mixture of dry air and sore muscles put my mind’s thoughts on the edge between barren and overflowing. Days like these- the ones ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Her blazer kept getting wrinkled.
Before they had arrived, Aniya realized it was buttoned improperly, but upon fixing it, the wrinkles wouldn’t leave. If she went up there with uneven buttons, ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Delicate white feathers arranged in an overlapping manner which stretched three feet in length. Soft as down plucked from a duckling, these feathers have felt the hands of but one. Yet they managed ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Tomorrow is the day that Betsy starts kindergarten. Betsy was usually very brave, she wasn’t afraid of the potty, or broccoli. She wasn’t scared of spiders or the dark. She never cried when she ... [+]

5 MINUTES
“You gotta stop doing this, kid.” Ben said as he rolled down the window.

I got in, buckled up, and pulled down the mirror. A couple pieces of paper fell down from the mirror. They were all... [+]

5 MINUTES
One evening in May of 2017, a dog named Mollie gave birth to an exceptional litter of 8 puppies. The litter was exceptional because they were of all different markings and colors. Each had their own ... [+]

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I sit silently missing the radiation waiting room where everyone welcomed each other and openly discussed treatments and failures. I learned more about my therapy with the scorched team of pugilists ... [+]

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The sunlight streamed through the blinds as the alarm clock screamed in his ears. He reached out and fumbled to find the clock, slapping at the buttons until, finally silence. He laid back on his ... [+]

5 MINUTES
William was a stout, stubby little man hiding in the corner of his own bed. A large pillow separated him and his wife, Ann, like a barrier. I watched him as he rubbed the barrel of a polished ... [+]

5 MINUTES
A pale and white moon set on a dark, wide, and starry night. All the times I have stared at the same sky with the same stars back at home it will never compare to this. The sky, so infinite, makes you... [+]

5 MINUTES
“Derek!”

I could hear humming and some familiar voice, but I just couldn’t put it together.

“Derek!” My father. He was calling for me.

“Finally, I have your attention!... [+]

5 MINUTES
I am afraid. I am positively made of fear. This shouldn’t be frightening, and yet here I am. Adrenaline is coursing through my veins, my blood more coffee and panic than iron and plasma. I am so ... [+]

5 MINUTES
A fly swatter started Connor’s bad dreams, and it took the Roman Empire to get rid of them. Connor discovered the fly swatter in the kitchen cupboard and couldn’t put it down – he smacked ... [+]

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She was born in the morning as the sun rose over the hills, the air was crisp and full of promise. Her mother held her tiny newborn hand and took a breath full of exhausted relief as she watched her... [+]

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I hold it there in my palm, grasping it hard enough to leave an indent in my skin. Your pen. It’s red cap next to my green. It wasn’t anything of worth; just a basic utensil. But to me, it’s the... [+]

5 MINUTES
My pulse picked up as I looked at Alexander, down on one knee before me. We’d been dating for two years, but I’d never expected this. Not here and not now. “Alexander, no. I’m so sorry. I’m ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It’s a common myth that Thomas Crapper designed the first flush toilet, but that’s not the real story. A gentleman named Sir John Harrington actually designed one all the way back in the late ... [+]

1 MINUTE
Dear Father never once did complain about his time in Korea. His medals hung over the fireplace was his pride and joy.
We watched war movies together and he sat, watched the old movies with a ... [+]

3 MINUTES
My eyes were glued to the screen, fix on the new fashion trends today. I was always looking at the newer stuff because that’s what everyone else was wearing, even if it wasn’t my taste. Like the ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It is amazing how an email can make you reconsider your life. Before you read it you have the perfect life and family. One that others envy, even off of Facebook. Then a few characters later and ... [+]

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She tells me I can calm down, that he’s not here to hurt me anymore. I wake her in the middle of the night, but she’s there, wrapping her arms around me from behind. She never complains that ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Slowly she opened up her eyes. Flashbacks of yesterday rushed into her mind like broken levies. The musty air of the funeral home was nauseating. The dingy gray pews were beyond uncomfortable. The ... [+]

5 MINUTES
He sees himself there again. The sounds and feel of the explosions around him make him shutter. His uniform is pressing in on him, and it feels like heavy pressure crushing in on his chest and ... [+]

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The world was wrapped in sleep and silence. Inside the shed, it was cold and dark, save a few pools of moonlight spilling in through holes in the roof and seeping through gaps between the narrow ... [+]

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Last night I had a dream. In it I was walking down a country lane on a warm Spring day. Everything around me was lush and blooming and the air smelled of wildflowers. I walked slowly, savoring the ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Chigger was such a little dog. He did not mind being little too much. Chigger could hide in some really great places that the big dogs could not reach; but, Chigger could not do a lot of the things ... [+]

3 MINUTES
I’m walking home from school today because my parents refuse to pick me up from afterschool detention. I got in trouble for “ruining” a science experiment. It wasn’t even my fault. Well, ... [+]

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It was 1:30 AM when I sank into the middle-aged mattress as the darkness embraced me into her arms. Like every individual, I toss and rotated my body in a quest for comfort while my saliva fell onto ... [+]

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Her pink toes curled around the edge of the swimming pool. The water lapped the sides, splashing onto the tile floor and wetting her feet. Other kids pushed and laughed and screamed, but she stood ... [+]

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One by one, students stood up and gave their answers. Most gave short, simple responses. José was brief to explain why he wanted the part of Miguel, the boy who helped Esperanza and her mamá ... [+]

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I should have noticed things weren’t ideal when I found myself holding my knees to my chest, sobbing grossly in the shower. Each heave was followed by a short, desperate gasp for air. My fingers ... [+]

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She had known this day was coming for years. It was always so far away, but it had just approached so rapidly. Of course, she had been trying to avoid it for as long as she could remember, but that ... [+]

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The polyps in my uterus keep getting compared to food (or things that remind me of food). They are sesame seeds, an M&M, a thumb, a stalk. A thready device with a camera, knife, and mouth is going to ... [+]

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Children realized the school day was done when it packed its bags and walked out the imaginary door, soon to start lecturing again the next morning. Small thin boned pupils rushed out the solitary ... [+]

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“Do you like pineapple on pizza?”

“What?”

The doctor looked up from her chart and gave me a cheery smile. “Ugh, I know. Asking that kind of question nowadays is so silly, but... [+]

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Jane peeked out the curtains. The small yard was empty, but the wooded area that surrounded it? She shivered as she considered the possibilities.

Her husband Martin had been gone almost 24 ... [+]

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Despite the insufferable heat, a cold chill ran down Rebecca’s spine. She instantly recognized an unmistakable sound. She held her breath. She forced herself to stand perfectly still.

The ... [+]

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Mae told me blackberries are poisonous when we were younger. This was back when we were still something resembling sane before Mae shut out the entire world and before I realized her sharp edges ... [+]

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It all started with mismatched socks.

It escalated from there and ended with solitary dinners,
and evenings so quiet that she pressed her hands against her ears, forcing her eardrums to ... [+]

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“Did you see Dr. Anniston’s wife? It’s no wonder we never met her; he probably keeps her hidden out of embarrassment.”
“I know. I hate to be so mean, but what a church mouse, so ... [+]

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It seems the weather has lifted for the moment in my little world and the wiggly ass alarm clock that hangs out at the condo woke me to a beautiful morning. Leashed and spastic, Buddy pulled me out ... [+]

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One day there was a boy named John.He was 8 years old and his biggest fear was the dark , So when John went to sleep he would turn on his light on.Until one day his mom said "it's time to get over ... [+]

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Lightning splits the sky, and the rain whips sideways. Krae can’t distinguish between the thunder and the waves crashing against the nearby cliff and the ship rocks violently. Krae questions the ... [+]

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I’m walking on the trail. The farm is a few miles back. It’s a nice day, probably around sixty degrees, seventy in the sun. The dirt path I’m traveling on is hard, baked in the noonday heat ... [+]

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1.
Mr.Preston has been anxious recently.
His fences are torn, his business is wrecked, his workers’ ribs are broken, and they are putting out their two weeks notices. He has been moaning for ... [+]

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“I’m Sierra Miles, age sixteen. I live in a small town called Miral. I have no father, nor do I have any siblings. The class I will be majoring in is Mythology. I’ve gotten into this college on ... [+]

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It had been 364 days since the last November 4th. Tomorrow’s November 4th would be a sort of anniversary.

Sophie threw her phone down and slammed her head into the pillows. Her phone still ... [+]

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Aaira. A name, a beautiful sound, a state of mind. August 22, 2017, Aaira al-Meer sauntered into our eighth grade classroom.

She wore denim jeans and a cobalt UCLA hoodie, like half of our ... [+]

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“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
— Elie Wiesel

The fluorescent light of a phone screen ... [+]

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Another day of terror, waking up and going on the school bus is a nightmare already. The other kids pick on me every day. I always work alone on projects. nobody talks to me, nor do I socialize with ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Courage didn’t come easily to Cordelia nor did it come when she wanted it usually she was small and meek with big brown eyes covered by thick glasses with a wild head of hair often tucked into a red... [+]

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Hank half listened to the dean’s presentation as he wrote the letter.
Dear Abbi, I’m so very proud of the woman you have become. It seems like only yesterday I was dropping you off at ... [+]

3 MINUTES
As I ran, I felt the rain hit my face like a thousand needles. I stop to grab some air, and as I did I could hear the footsteps hit the brick floor. I must get out of the city. it's our only chance ... [+]

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It was now officially fall, and winter was coming swiftly. The temperature stopped changing at random, finally gave in and decided to be cold. You could tell because Maisie was wearing three layers ... [+]

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In our generation “Generation Z” we have a misconception that age has an effect on our life choices and decisions. But in reality, the only thing that affects our capability when it comes to ... [+]

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I left my room with my hands full, but still managed to quietly and slowly shut my door. At the end of the hall I could see the open doorway to the living room. The lights from the room reflected in ... [+]

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Leah pulled up at the restaurant and turned the car off. She stared up at the once white sign on the door, now so dirty she could barely make out the hours. She didn’t need to see them to know they ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The pyre had been built and ready for almost an hour now, and the village below the hilltop was aglow with the setting sun. All that was needed now was for the few villagers that were able to come to ... [+]

5 MINUTES
For the first few miles, the excursion was painted in bitter silence. Harrison’s socks were wet and his knee ached. The couple hiked, sucking wet air, dispelling vapors; neither mentioning a plan. ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Have you ever listened to silence? The heavy, soft silence of a room where someone is sleeping or the peaceful, golden silence after a rain? What about the silence waiting for someone to speak or the ... [+]

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Pop!
That piercing sound split my ears with a ringing and the world went black. A sharp, direct pressure shoved me backwards. Eyes squeezed shut, I stumbled and fell flat on my back, wheezing as ... [+]

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Benjamin’s bones ached and his skin stung from the harsh winter winds. The past five hours had been nothing but non-stop trudging through the freshly driven New England snow and he felt no closer to... [+]

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Jake met Willow at the hood of the truck and laced their fingers together while Willow led the way into the long-term care section of the hospital. The sounds and smells assaulted them as soon as the ... [+]

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I stood in the hallway, not wanting to believe what was going on. This was the first time I’d been in a situation like this. How could this happen? I thought to myself, as nurses and doctors rush to... [+]

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I was never what they called or described as "normal". Even as a child I was considered strange. Other kids would say I was a freak or nobody, while my teachers and family member said I had eyes that ... [+]

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The sound of her heels echoed as she hurried down the corridor. Jim was hosting The National Endowment for Cultural Arts’ annual fundraiser, so he was otherwise occupied for the moment and wouldn't ... [+]

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Seagulls’ cries overhead were drowned out in the slap of the ocean against the rocks. It was almost high tide, and I watched the waves swallow up the sand. From my perch on the edge of a cliff, the ... [+]

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Dear future me,
August 30th 2017
It is officially the start of Junior year and forget any dreams you had of changing schools.After homeroom as I walked down the hall ... [+]

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“A spoonful of sugar over trouble gonna get you through, boy.” Bright lights, pull up the sheet. “Did you hear me?”

He’s talking so early. “Yeah. Yes. Thanks. Morning.” Inhale. ... [+]

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Lindsay Watkins stood in line behind the usual covey of women who attended the noon Weighty Matters group. The woman in front of her removed a jacket, a scarf, her shoes, and a wristwatch as she ... [+]

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This weekend was the weekend that I was going to get his attention. I was ready and I had my friends with me for support just in case he walked right past me like I was an ant on the ground. See I've ... [+]

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Father Jim wants the old people at the pavilion, so I’m walking slow with each one until only Minnie is left waiting for me, sitting patiently on her bed.

Except that she’s not.

I ... [+]

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There are 68.5 million displaced persons and 25.4 million refugees worldwide. To overcome losing everything takes courage...and a helping hand
He hung on tightly to Mother's thick fur. He could ... [+]

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In the olden days when the Earth and its people were young, there was a peasant whose name was Hythes. The peasant had a wife and two children who were very young. They were very poor and rarely had... [+]

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The music slowed, the lights dimmed, and I looked around to see all my classmates hold their dates closer. Jessica draped her arms around my shoulders, and I moved my hands cautiously to her hips. ... [+]

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The day before, I woke up. Everything was still. The only movement came from the dust particles, floating through the filtered sunlight. There was no rush, so I took time to stretch my tired limbs ... [+]

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I grimace at the mirror as I see something in the mirror, that is staring back at me. It moves with me, it waves when I do, it shakes its head when I do, but what I see in that mirror is not me.
... [+]

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June 24, 2014
11:15 AM

One day to make it. Fifty-three miles. An impossible distance to fathom. I've never walked that far. Let alone crossed mountains. With wheels strapped to my feet.
... [+]

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She dug into her closet. Then she sat on the edge of her bed with a small green box.. It seemed like just a normal box—cardboard, not very large. Not artistically decorated. Yes, by anyone else's ... [+]

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“I had a heart attack” Those words echoed through her mind as she let the syllables escape her lips. This was the first time she said them out loud. She looked at her reflection in the mirror. ... [+]

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NEW CONFEDERACY GUNMAN KILLS PRESIDENT
In the investigative aftermath of the president’s assassination on Tuesday, the joint FBI/Secret Service taskforce has unearthed disturbing evidence that ... [+]

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The day began with whispers.

I could just barely hear them speak, but I could feel the rumble of their voices through the bed. When I peeked one eye open, Mom and Dad were on their sides facing... [+]

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Willow was a shy girl by nature, only 17 with long chocolate brown hair and bright blue eyes. Standing only at 5’3 with a small smiling mouth and a twinkle in her eyes. She was the spitting image of... [+]

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“Courage,” she said. “Courage. How can I possibly write a story about courage? I don’t even know the meaning of the word. I’ve never experienced it. This will take some thinking.”

... [+]

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The man wakes with a start, his thoughts riddled with a foggy confusion. He stretches his arm out, trying to get his bearings, only to feel cold beside him instead of the usual warmth. Slowly, the ... [+]

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The trail was cold, and the dog stopped to catch the wind. A young man scurried across the street towards a coffee shop, collar turned up to the cold. The dog bounded to the restaurant door and ... [+]

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In the early morning of a dusty town that doesn’t deserve a name nor does it deserve a nickname, the caravan came in. The caravan filled with jugglers, poets, bards, and others that went against the... [+]

1 MINUTE
Shentasia was a girl who lived with many siblings and had many, many friends. That was until the summer of 7th grade. She had a condition called Alopecia and it affected her her whole life but no one... [+]

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“So, how are-”
“If you ask me how I’m doing I swear I’m going to punch you,” My desperate anger brings out the hot-tempered part of me.
“Okay,” he says solemnly.
We both ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The surface of the bench was frigid, and a chill leached through Kirk’s jeans, as if he’d dropped onto a sheet of ice rather than a seat of steel.
Beside him, his young daughter Leah had ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Like a ship sinking into a stormy sea, an empty bottle fell from his hands hitting the concrete floor with a crash, and shattering into a thousand pieces. He sat there half lying, half sitting in is ... [+]

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One.

Two.

Three.

She told me to count, for every 3 seconds, a child was adopted. She then said that if I kept counting, I would be adopted as well.

One.

Two.

... [+]

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Each time the blows resounded on the door of his mother’s house, he ran to hide under his childhood bed. That’s how life had been for two weeks since he got cut off from the Guerrilla ... [+]

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Over the time of my marriage, I have become quite the expert of explaining a black eye, busted lip or a broken bone or two. Friends and family know the real story, but I continue to lie and blame it ... [+]

5 MINUTES
They say God is dead. I reckon I agree with them.

“Please, sir?” The girl stood on her tiptoes, peering over the counter. Her pleading eyes pierced my heart. “Please?”

She was ... [+]

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He was charming in the beginning, his wolfish grin evoking in her a shivery thrill. He leaned in close and told her he loved her red dress. “Not many women would be bold enough to wear that ... [+]

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Fear was my companion.

Ever since a 6th-grade bully kicked open a bathroom stall where I sat in 1st-grade vulnerability, laughed at my terror, then clicked off the lights and left me in ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The long commute, usually an enjoyable two hours of quiet introspection, had exhausted me. I walked with faltering gait to the door, and found it mercifully unlocked. The moment I entered, a wave of ... [+]

1 MINUTE
There once was a giant, who was afraid of a little red ant.

He lived in a giant house, where he hid from the ant. He was afraid the ant might bite him.

He was so worried, he decided to ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Johnny Smalls is a fourteen year old student at Crescenta Valley High School. He is five feet and one inch tall, which is short for his age. Johnny has a passion for the sport of football, but he ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The hot sun beat down on the same red path of every day with the same smell of sweat and blood and those sounds of men that are scared and refuse to show it. Spit bouncing off the dirt. Low whistles. ... [+]

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Porcelain. The cold, and admittedly dirty, porcelain sink was all he could feel. That and the sick, nervous feeling in his stomach. First show...no, not first show, this is the first real show in ... [+]

3 MINUTES
As I emerge through the cafeteria doors, I am keenly aware of the juxtaposition of my solitary presence to that of the many groupings of friends, acquaintances, and classmates that I pass on my way to... [+]

5 MINUTES
Whap! The hand slapped me square on the cheek, a cold glare from the person attached to it aimed right into my eyes. The girl in front of me, much taller and much louder, wasn't going to let me go.
... [+]

5 MINUTES
Freedom-her hearts cry as she ran through the lavender fields. Joy, flowing freely behind like a translucent robe flowing with the wind. A smile spread across her face causing her cheeks to ache.
... [+]

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Alarms shrieking. God, how alarms annoyed Gerald. As if it wasn’t stressful enough as it was. As if the ship really needed to yell at him about the dire situation. He had a general idea something ... [+]

3 MINUTES
She sat quietly in the dark bedroom, deep in thought while tugging at the homemade curl she fashioned with pink sponge rollers. It was a nervous habit. In fact, a single brown curl hung free while ... [+]

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Why are you so angry child? The ancient lady looked at me then asked the question again.
Is this what anger looks like ? I did not feel angry. For all that was done to me I should fell angry. ... [+]

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I climb, I eat, I sleep, I am safe. Safe from starvation, safe from danger, safe from any harm. All this safety at the expense of my freedom. Here I am! Come look! Come look! I am climbing a tree! I... [+]

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Her hand trails across the rack of colorful clothes as she walks, fingers weaving in and out of the spaces between each hanger nimbly. A myriad of textures and colors explode underneath her ... [+]

5 MINUTES
I’m finally done with the spring quarter of college. The fall quarter doesn’t even start till the middle of September. That means three months of staying home and doing whatever I want! Well, most... [+]

5 MINUTES
Octavia was explaining how teacher explained it to her. “She said there’s only correct way to balance your checkbook. Arithmetic doesn’t lie. Learning your spelling words is the same. You’re... [+]

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After her audition, Shania Johnson left the conference room on the twenty-seventh floor. She stepped into the hallway. The metal door shut behind her. She had auditioned enough to know what ... [+]

1 MINUTE
Light rain clouds my vision as I walk from car to car. The flowers clutched in my hands dripping onto the pavement below.
The brilliant pink and white buds are what is keeping my sister in... [+]

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She took a steadying breath, attempting to keep her composure. Oh, how he longed to see those darling green eyes of hers. He knew if he got a glimpse of them, his own eyes could convey to her the ... [+]

3 MINUTES
“Darn” sighed Cody as he weighed in, “I’m still in the 70 lb. class!”

All of the other kids had moved up a weight class or two. I knew that I had been tired and hadn't been very ... [+]

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"I understand you're busy right now Will, but will you please pick me up? I don't want to walk home in the rain." After a moment of silence Will answered, "Alright fine, I'll pick you up in an ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The sun is just starting to set as he pulls my case out of the van. Behind him, a banner above the door to the bar proclaims “KARAOKE TONIGHT!” for all who drive by to see.

“Great,” I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Friends told me when you adventure to Baja California you want to drive a crappy old car and let your hair grow out. Also, avoid shaving and grow a beard and downplay anything of value. The ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Francisco walked the dusty road. The day was sweltering; school began in mid-August. In Yuma, the hottest time of the year.
Francisco dreaded second grade after last year. However, his mother said,... [+]

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A river of feet rushed the auditorium. Simply listening to the wild chorus of voices caused my heart to flutter like a hummingbird’s wings. Trying to clear my mind, I went over Mrs. Bauer’s ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Every day is the same; I wake up at seven in the morning, debate on if I want to go to school for around ten minutes and stare up at the ceiling. A sense of dread fills my chest at the thought of my ... [+]

1 MINUTE
Why do we bother to live if we're going to die? What's the purpose of life?
These questions I have wondered since I was 7, you might think why do a 7 year think these kinds of stuff. When you're ... [+]

3 MINUTES
“So you up for it, big guy?”

“Yeah. I’m up for it. Hell YEAH I’m up for it, man!”

Striving for forceful, my delivery is forced.

These are "The Chosen Ones". "The Ruling ... [+]

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Five more minutes to go. I tapped my fingers vigorously against the right side of my leg as I anticipated the resounding ding of the school bell. I was focused on one thing, and it wasn’t Mr. ... [+]

5 MINUTES
I marvel at the numbers dwindling away on the scale. With toes sprawled and hands clasping my chest, something is beginning. I can feel it tossing about and poking at my ribs. The walk back to my ... [+]

5 MINUTES
When you were born they warned us, your parents, that this might happen.
“Count from her due date, not her birthdate.” Dr. Vena said to us as we were leaving the hospital. We were anxious to ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It began as one of those days that anything could happen, ANYTHING!

Life felt real hard that day and deep in my gut, I knew that if I were open, something transformative would happen and I ... [+]

5 MINUTES
On a humid summer’s night, a light like a firefly’s flew across the sky, although; it traveled far too fast to be a bug. The light was set on-course for a small one-story house, heading towards ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It was always cold weather that put me in these moods. A mixture of dry air and sore muscles put my mind right on the edge between baren and overflowing. Days like these- the ones where everyone is ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The machine breathed.
Its chest rose, fell. Each hiss followed a gasp, each flap, a hollow thump.

The father remembered.
His chest rose, fell.
Tears chased smiles, each memory, an ... [+]

3 MINUTES
I have come to realize recently that the most timid little “hello” can really change everything. Could make you, break you or take you from indifference to sweet reverence all in the course of a ... [+]

5 MINUTES
As I moved my feet around in the cold pool water, watching them become distorted, it reminded me of the winter we had some years back. Winters like that never happened here, so on that occasion is was... [+]

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1.
Rocking. Back and forth. Forearms forcibly strangling shins. My body a pendulum of fear.
My brain shouting lyrics to memorized songs in attempt to drown out the panic-inducing whispers. What ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Riding in a helicopter is my favorite thing ever. I can look out the window and see things I never see anywhere else. The best part is that when we land it’s always Time to Go to Work.
This time ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Love. Love is always a special feeling. One of great power at that. I’ve always felt as though love was a joke. Especially after my ex Luke. When I first met Luke, I didn’t feel like myself. And ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Something scared them. The noises of the night threatened their children’s dreams. Nobody else was there to make sure they were fine. It was all up to them. Three women and their children. They knew... [+]

3 MINUTES
The little Mayflower aches and moans as the dark ocean waves beat against her. She sways back and forth making the people atop of her grab onto what is closest, and glance up at the shimmering stars ... [+]

3 MINUTES
It finally happened. After years of marriage, I now had the classic symptoms – nausea, aching lower back, appetite of a horse. We didn’t think it was going to happen, but here I was, staring at ... [+]

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i stare at my plate. there are so many colors, so many choices. why did i put so much food on here? no way i can eat it all. they say it's what i need. i say they're wrong. but if only i can find the ... [+]

3 MINUTES
The girl’s name was Dalena Manoban. Being the only child born and raised in America she travels for the first time to her parents origin.
“But I do not wish to go!” Says Dalena as her ... [+]

3 MINUTES
My baby boy, he’s only eleven months old, he’s so fidgety on the plane. He is crawling up and down the aisle, and I’m letting him because it allows me to walk up and down the aisle. I have just... [+]

3 MINUTES
It really is humbling to be stumped by a water fountain. And yet here there he stood, standing stuck with a coin in the palm of his hand watching the water spout. What brought him here? A wish. It had... [+]

5 MINUTES
The winter’s full moon cast long tree shadows across the soybean field in front of the house. The Korean winds whistled a blistering tune through the cracks in the weather worn wooden door when ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Cold winds howl. As it has been for nye on a thousand years. The tyrant has had a tight hold on the nation for far longer than any should. All view it as unnatural, yet none have it with in them to ... [+]

3 MINUTES
My family and I were among the throngs of people returning home from the Fourth of July celebration held in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We’d spent the day picnicking with ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Her whole life, she was told that courage is about doing something you never thought you could. Her mother always said, "If you're going to do something good, make sure someone is watching." Now here ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Carrie rounded the corner and came to an abrupt stop. Several kids—older than her, she thought—hurried past, most of them looking back. By the time they reached her, most of them were running. She... [+]

5 MINUTES
Tennessee, 1852

She sprints through the woods, her long dress, torn and ripped apart by the passing branches. The woods crowd around, intimidating her. Her hair is disheveled, face overwhelmed ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Elliot Hansen leaned nervously against the sleek fighter plane, his eyes bloodshot from a night of little sleep. He drew a pack of cigarettes from his leather flight jacket. He looked at the box, ... [+]

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The room had become his world, for the most part. Two or three times a day he would totter to the little bathroom in a corner nook that had surely been a closet when the house had first been built. ... [+]

3 MINUTES
When I think of Courage, I think of Radisson Dana. Radisson selflessly lost his life trying to rescue his beloved father from a burning house in 2012. The story began on a frosty November evening. ... [+]

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I’ve asked everyone. No one knows anything about them: Ma, my sisters and brothers. I sent them word I’d come back here. I’ve been to every contraband camp near Norfolk: Poindexter Farm, Fort ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Once upon a time there was born a little girl. This girl had sunlight in radiant rays in her eyes and summer’s kiss pressed upon her rosy cheek. She danced along the silky breeze as her rich ... [+]

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If you would have asked 9-year-old me, there was nothing strange about how we lived. I mean, I thought I had whatever one else had. A roof over my head and toys to play with. I would have never ... [+]

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I woke with a quick jolt, there was rattling at my door. Someone was trying to get in. My clock said it was 3:50 am. I slowly crawl out of bed while lifting the blanket off of my self, to make sure ... [+]

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He woke up with a smile on his face. He was optimistic, because he burned the bridges from yesterday. His mother kissed his left cheek, and his little sister waved goodbye after he tickled her ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Here we are, two strangers standing at a deserted corner, waiting for a bus to come, while knowing deep in our hearts that it will never appear. Only a dull street lamp illuminates our view of the ... [+]

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Lucy was 14 years old when her mother was on her second divorce. Her mother married her father when she was 15, had her at 16 and her two sisters by the time she was 21. Her mother had a hysterectomy ... [+]

3 MINUTES
Roberto fanned out the cards which held his future on the kitchen table. The words written on each side led to winning the prize his cousin Juan had promised: an American flag. Another round with the ... [+]

1 MINUTE
It has been five months since I've left my house... five months. Exactly the amount of time that has passed after his death. I refuse to open my curtains or even to look out my windows. My smile is ... [+]

5 MINUTES
Elijah Avery brought his curse to the town he founded in 1649. He swindled hundreds of people in the New World, selling them worthless land claims. A merchant discovered his scheme. Avery murdered ... [+]

5 MINUTES
It’s supposed to be easy. Isn’t it? You pick up a phone, dial a number and then... But it’s not easy. It’s not easy, because the phone has a full battery and you have everything ready to ... [+]

5 MINUTES
The sun was beating down on the front porch, so hot that anyone who wasn’t used to the South would be running inside. Rocking chairs creaked across the wooden slats, back and forth and back and ... [+]

5 MINUTES
No flashlights. No talking.

Above the silence was a calm swish of pants ahead as the depth of darkness flowed behind. Our trek moved outward, as if no one was there; as if there wasn’t a ... [+]

3 MINUTES
You can't pick your family is what they say. If you could things probably would have went a lot differently for Lisa. Growing up in a small town outside of Columbia South Carolina was tough; in Lisa... [+]

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Mothers are not supposed to die.
At least not while their children are still being raised.
But someone forgot to tell that to the universe, because my mother died six weeks before my 14th ... [+]

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Daddy married Miss Helen in 1954. I was almost eight years old. Their marriage was a surprise since I’d only met her once.

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49 is the square of seven which is the best number out there.
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Troy, NY 1848

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My name is Caroline Stevens. I am a 7th grader in Battlebrook Middle School. I hate that school with a passion, it is the worst. The kids there like to pick on me because of my small and frail body ... [+]

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The balmy evening sent warm air rushing through the open window of Garrett Roth’s F-150, joining with his fingers as they ran through his salt and pepper for the hundredth time since leaving the ... [+]

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“It was nice talking to you too. If you need anything-call me.”
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I wake.
My eyes won’t open. I’m not talking about I don’t feel like opening my eyes, they simply refuse to open.
What the hell?
I feel strange, warm and fevery. Is that even a word?
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This story is not for the faint of heart, for within this text lies the terrible horrors of the dark ages. To those who continue to read, you have been warned...

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When it’s quiet, I climb through my bedroom window out into the early October night. I hold a bottle of my dad’s dark brown beer in one hand while pulling myself onto the roof. I wobble from one... [+]

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Cole Smith squinted across the street, looking at a weird bump at the curb. She looked at her watch then both sides of her. Seeing no vehicles were coming, she hurried across. If it was what Cole that... [+]

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Nico shoved his back into the cage, the metal was cold against his thin t-shirt. His cheeks were wet from tears and his throat was sore and tired. As he pulled his legs into his chest and wrapped ... [+]

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There is no one who exemplifies courage more than my younger sister, Bev. She was diagnosed at birth with Mental Retardation due to anoxia, a lack of air at child birth. In the late sixties, mothers... [+]

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“I call you DEATH!”
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He pushed them through the door and into a small room with two other sets of siblings.
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As the storm drew close, my apprehensiveness grew exponentially. Hurricane Florence had now been given a category four rating as its cloud grew greater. Me and my daughter live on the Cape Fear ... [+]

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On the afternoon of December 24th, Yoshie Lee, a plump, twenty-eight-year old brunette with a sweet smile and a winsome streak of pink in her hair, touched the piano’s familiar keys. Chicago’s ... [+]

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Darkness filled the town, cold and soft. It slipped its fleecy layers around the corners, down chimneys and over the beds of the sleeping citizens. The only light present streamed from the moon’s ... [+]

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Everyone looked like giants to me. Even my first-grade classmates towered over me. It was 1946, and the first time I had been anywhere without someone from my family. It's true that my brothers ... [+]

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“Look, Tracey,” sighed, Mom. “Dads here.”

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As the night of the mission drew closer, the troops became more and more eager to fly over the Arvand River. The mission was to be executed on the other side of Arvand amidst the night. Ebrahim and ... [+]

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I remember being small and pulling a red beaded bracelet out of a bubble gum machine. They were supposed to be good luck charms or something. Mine said "Courage". I had to get my mom to read it to me.... [+]

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The pain was so intense, Cara felt her whole body bending into it, even as the nurse said, “Just breathe, Cara. Deep breath, in, out.” But Cara’s ability to think about breathing was gone. The... [+]

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The alarm clock whined pitifully.

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Everyone picks their nose.

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Jimmy went into shock when he heard the shooting: “pap...pap-pap...pap.” Never in his life had he felt so afraid...so utterly afraid.

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