Story Intro?

She was beautiful in all the conventional ways.  Striking blue eyes.  Blond hair.  That smile.  But only the silly (well, the silly and the young), fall in love just based on looks.

Ah, Love.

She held her pen, all business, the angle of her body the perfect balance between assertive and indifferent, the tilt of her head offering also the possibility of amusement, however slight.

“So, what makes you think you’d be a good fit for our firm?” she asked.

“Oh, I don’t know,” he offered.  “I tend to find that I’m a good fit just about everywhere I go.”


What Suffices

The cursor on his screen beat in perfect time with his uninspired heart.  He had approached the temple, cautiously at first, then more boldly, thinking he would always be welcome.  But now it was empty, and there was a sense of permanence about the vacancy, the only signs of life or sound the echoing, sing-song laughter of a thousand maniacs, also gone.

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A Euphism for Obnoxious

“…and so that’s why I became a lawyer,” she said.

“Because everyone always said you should?” I asked.


“Because you have always been opinionated and enjoy arguing?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Fascinating,” I said.  Bored.

“Do you really think so?”

“No, not especially.”

“Oh, well, how charming of you to say.”

“You’re welcome,” I said, raising my glass.

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The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.
But no.  Un-alone, her mirrored shadow had company in her pantomimic otherworld.  With the beckoning, tenebrous gloom, an apparition, dark and menacing, approached.  She shivered with delighted terror and settled in to watch.