Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Fool Me Once…

“No, honestly, Nan. They’re not spicy. They’re more like…pickled onions. Go on, give one a try. This is a Greek restaurant, after all. Don’t you believe me? I’m your grandson!” Tweet

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The Last Meal

My abuelita died while making me her chiles relleƱos. I was five years old, and watched it happen, sitting at the kitchen table waiting for my meal. I was too young to know it was a stroke, only that she crumpled like tissue paper, upending

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The Dark

It’s very dark down here. I suppose it’s supposed to be, it is a cave, after all. Caves are dark, it’s in their nature. This is…hmmm…the best way I can describe it is to say that it’s stupidly dark, really. I know I shouldn’t have

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Four New Old Stories

Not a real old man A dragon in human form Collecting fresh meat. When the years caught up They really did a number On brave Peter Pan. The Pied Piper played With more enticing methods And the children went. After Pinocchio Gepetto built an army

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Punishment

“Right…um, no talking at the back there…I said no talking! Howell, beat that boy there for disobeying orders…Now, I’m sure you all had your rights read to you before they brought you here…oh, they didn’t? Well, what did you do? Ah. I’m not surprised- that’s

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Lottery Day

Mother cried when she found out I won Lottery Day. I didn’t understand why she wasn’t excited about my getting to visit Them Below like I was, why she hugged me so tight and cried, “Not my baby, not my baby. Don’t let them take