“Don’t you think resigning is a step too far?” she said. “After all, my private life’s nobody’s business.”

“But, Ma’am, you had an affair with your stepson,” the aide said.

“True.”

“…who’s seventeen and a junior in high school….”

“And?”

“…and you were caught on a video that you posted…

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Pair with My Name Is by Eminem

I’m not gonna respond to that. It’s so insulting. Not to speak of a gross generalization. I bet that’s how she speaks to all of us. Like we’re not individuals. That sugary voice of hers, thinking she can make us do anything. I’m…

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Skepsis: Could be a scam.

Me: But what if it isn’t? What if it’s the sign I’ve been waiting for? Begging for?

Skepsis: You’re such a sucker sometimes.

Me: Am not! I just try to be open to whatever messages come my way.

Skepsis: It doesn’t work that way. It’s not Bluetooth.

Me: You don’t know that! Most people miss their calling because they’re not listening.

Skepsis: In that case, I have a bridge to sell you.

Me: No, I think this is it. I think I will regret it if I don’t do it.

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“What do you think?” She asks. “Is it good enough? It’s not good enough, is it? I don’t think it’s good enough. Let me have it back. I’ll do it over. I’ll try again. Just don’t expect too much because that might not be good enough, either. I suck at…

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There is infinite wisdom in the pause — the space between breathing in and breathing out. When I am filled up with energy and have the choice of using it for something before I let it go again, that is where the insights congregate. The deep truths. Where new thoughts…

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She peeks out from behind the door. She looks no more than six or seven years old. Her eyes are blue. She is barefoot. Her once-rose dress is shabby. The music must have caught her attention. Or the laughter. I signal it’s safe for her to come out and join…

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It’s 1 AM at the club. The music is too loud, and people are too drunk. She is tired and wants to go home. She stands in line at the coat check.

“Can I have your ticket?” the girl behind the counter asks when it’s her turn.

She opens her…

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Pair with One by U2

The boy discovers a snail in the leaves along the trail. The snail sees the boy’s finger approach with what seems like lightning speed. Therefore it retracts its upper tentacles. The boy keeps trying to touch the snail’s eyes; the snail keeps retracting them. Neither…

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“I’m just gonna take Springfield to Main and then go left there,” he says.

“Yeah,” she says, “that’s probably best.”

“Wha?!?” he says. “I said, I’m gonna take Springfield to Main….”

“…And then turn left, yes,” she says. “I think that’s a good idea.”

“Are you sure?” he asks. “Do…

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Pair with Why Does It Always Rain on Me? by Travis

Things happen to Bonnie Boohoo and they are not her fault. People let her down, people set her up, she gives too much, and people repay too little. No, she doesn’t want you to feel sorry for her, she…

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Regitze Ladekarl

Regitze Ladekarl crafts universal tales from everyday lives with an honest and sharp pen.