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around the halloween tree – 850 words

Malcolm gave up on the party as soon as he arrived.  One look at the crowds— a menagerie of drunk witches, monsters, superheroes, and American presidents— and he was ready to leave.  But his friends had had the opposite reaction.  They disappeared into the mob, leaving him stranded and mercilessly titled as the designated driver.   …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 6 – Sunset – 6,693 words

When Semt opened his eyes the next morning, back aching from the tight, cheap cot, he barely had time to shake off the grogginess before Dae kissed him.  Morning breath or not, her kisses were like coming home and he relaxed into it. She laid back down beside him, head on his chest. “I love …

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(The Returned Dead) Chapter 1 – Breach – 5,150 words

Semt slipped back into his uniform, redoing buttons and fastening clasps.  He breathed in the forest air, lifting his face with closed eyes to feel the few rays of sunlight that made it through the leaves.  It was important to stop for things like this, he had learned.  Sometimes you just had to slow down. …

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