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Mary says: I wasn’t sure what to think at the beginning of the story, but as I read on, I was drawn in by the harshness and how deeply it touched me. You managed to not only draw me in, but to break my heart at the same time.
Barbe Crabtree | @ComeOnPeopl
Mary says: I loved the concern behind this piece. The interesting thing is finding out that the story you’re reading is only part of the story – and that other part is running in parallel and there is so much more there than you think when you first read it.
Revo Boulanger | @RevoBoulanger
Mary says: This tale started off taking me in one direction and ended in a total turn around that left me head spinning. The interesting thing is that while nothing was actually said, the implications left me agreeing with the narrator… Life can be good as long as you aren’t their neighbors. Brilliant and evil at the same time—very well done and very unexpected.
Killing comes easy. Living is tricky.
Staying in the game means keeping a low profile, good cover takes constant upkeep. Anonymous takes effort.
A house in the suburbs, two kids, shit job and a sexy wife could count as the American dream for most. Some even consider pizza and a streaming movie count as a date night.
I love family, like the house and tolerate the job, but the wife and I have atypical hobbies.
The love of my life strikes on my way to the coffee maker. "I never know where Kathy's swim meets are held."
"Good morning. Have you ever asked anyone?"
"Good morning. Coach Ryan is a moron and our daughter is having issues."
"Barstow. Saturday. Eight a.m."
"Of course she tells you." She rubs against my side and feels the Kevlar under my shirt. "Rough day at the cubicle farm?"
"Before. Carpool." I nod to the left and sip my java.
"Phil? I was getting used to them. They complimented my cheesecake."
"Don't bring it to the wake." I kiss her forehead. "Deb's scoring big on Phil's insurance."
"Twenty, our end."
"Pool?" Her baby blues twinkle.
I point upward. "Roof."
She smiles coyly. "The future widow wants mom-in-law clipped."
"Thirty." She purrs in my ear. "Don't dally after work. No kids tonight."
I wink on my way out. Life can be good in dull suburbia, as long as you aren't our neighbors.
Screw 'em, soon we'll have a pool. The survivors will love it.
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