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Hold the baby

She wanted to hold the baby girl, but there was another and another. All waiting in bassinets stretching into the far corners of the room. She touched her as much as possible while changing her diaper – rubbed her arms … Continue reading

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The Filing Cabinet

The filing cabinet taunts me. Engorged with unpublished stories, rejection letters, poems meant for only me, clips from magazines that actually bought an article, book contracts, book proposals that never made it. It sits there, asking me – reminding me … Continue reading

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An eye

The Frog Lady, 8 Ron bounded out the screen door and leapt through the giant petrified frog carcasses. Fear-induced paralysis seemed to afflict him. His movement stopped. He turned an eye to look back and saw the towering silhouette of … Continue reading

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A slow one

The Frog Lady, 7 The screen door was open. Ron stretched out a languorous finger and pulled. The aroma was stronger in the kitchen. He felt a strange longing to fall to the floor and do nothing but breathe in. … Continue reading

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Murky

The Frog Lady, 6 Ron smelled a faint aroma. It was slight, yet powerful. He pressed his nose into the narrow space between two pickets. What was it? Not flowers. Something more earthy, murky. He put one foot on the … Continue reading

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Pickets

The Frog Lady, 5 The cabby stopped and pointed up the street. “Two blocks that way. That’ll be $14.95.” Ron gave him the 20. He headed up the alley. Most of the houses had 6 foot wooden fences. He could … Continue reading

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Nope

The Frog Lady, 4 “The frog lady?” Ron asked the cabby. “Frogs all over the place. Big frogs, little frogs, nothing but frogs.” “Have the guys you’ve taken there come out. I mean, did you see them again?” “Nope.” Ron … Continue reading

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The money

The Frog Lady, 3 It was hopeless. Ron jumped up. He pushed through people, chairs, desks, and out the door. He looked up Marian McBride on his phone. She was real. She had an address! He hailed a cab and … Continue reading

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The club

The Frog Lady, 2 “The police can’t help you.” The cop leaned back and tossed his pen on his blotter. “You have to arrest her,” Ron said. Ron struggled to remember something that would make his story believable. “She was … Continue reading

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Frogs

The Frog Lady, 1 “When I woke up, I was a frog,” Ron told the police officer. “I waited for two weeks before someone came along and gave me a kiss.” “You are saying,” the police officer said, “that this … Continue reading

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