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Men in Dark Alleys

“Hey honey,” said a man in an alley we were walking by. Now, I’m an expert at pretending not to notice things. This is not always a good skill, but it comes in handy when strangers shout things from dark places. My friends, L & J, however, turned and looked down the alley; consequently, they … Continue reading

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Stupid and Imaginative

T. didn’t want to leave the party. She’d met a guy and she wasn’t going to ruin her night by having to take me back to the dorm. It was 2 in the morning. I didn’t know who to call. My roommate was out of town. My neighbors didn’t have cars. One did, but she … Continue reading

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Christmas Girlfriends

The first girlfriend after the divorce was British and blonde. Beverly went back to England soon after Christmas and I sat in the backseat of dad’s Chevy Nova and cried. I was 5 and wanted dad to marry her so that I could have a mom with an accent. Another Christmas was spent with the … Continue reading

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It is easy to disappear.

“We don’t know where he is,” my aunt said about 7 years ago, and we still don’t know. She was talking about my Uncle Scott. Here is how he vanished. Nearly deaf and with plenty of other issues piled on top, he grew up in and out of group homes. He could carve perfect tiny … Continue reading

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Virgins and Pizza

My manager waved to me when I walked in through the back door. I looked at the address of the next pizza to deliver, slipped the cardboard box into the blue, insulated delivery bag, and turned around to head back out. “See you soon, Virgin Pelrine,” my manager said. He called everyone by his or … Continue reading

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Sell Yourself

“I saw your light was on,” P. said. He had moved into a house across the street, and so he knew when I was home and who came to visit. We had broken up a month before and I was seeing the tactophobe. I didn’t want to talk to him, but I didn’t want to … Continue reading