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birds in dead tree

I watched his face. The play of emotions twisted his features into a grotesque mask as he tried to grasp what was happening. His face seemed to melt as he showed disbelief, then shock, anger, and hatred. Never a good card player, I hoped my face wasn’t as animated. For weeks before his trial, I […]

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Thorns and vines

“She’s human kudzu, a smothering parasite choking the life out of you.” He asked for my honest opinion, and I wasn’t holding back. “It’s a mystery to me why you’re with her.” I agreed to meet him for coffee after cutting him out of my life for the past three months. His girlfriend was the […]

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Sweet as honey

Lies, sweet as honey, Drip from her sanguine lips. Lies that loop through your brain Like a bad love song, To finally lodge, heavy as a stone, Underneath your heart, Cold and immovable.

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Turn to stone

“There’s a name for women like you,” he spat out the words, shaking with barely contained rage. “I’ve done nothing wrong.” Flipping her long, red hair off her shoulder, a smile spread across her face. “I’ve remained true to myself.” He rose from the bed, hands raised in rigid crescents, just wide enough to encircle […]

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Thunder

She packed her pillows and stuffed animals under the blankets, shaping them into what she thought was a semblance of her body. The bed, pushed into a corner, was small but took up a good portion of the room. When the door was open, it hid the head of the bed. Pushing with her feet […]

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Web of lies

It’s not poisonous spiders you have to worry about, it’s poisonous people. The insidious way they insinuate themselves into your lives. Injecting their paranoia and fear into your thoughts, casting a pall over your own self confidence until you doubt every thought you have. Just as venomous vermin seduce you with their bright colors and hypnotizing […]

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