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Don’t Ignore the Flies

The fly seemed harmless enough at first. One had slipped into the house when the door was open. Simon thought about swatting it with the fly swatter, but he was busy and the fly wasn’t all that distracting. What harm could there be in letting it fly around? The next week when Simon went to…

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Playing the Wrong Game

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Sam had mastered this new game—or so he thought. Every turn, he had a choice as to what he would buy. And most turns, Sam diligently collected more resources. His collection was vast and diversified. He had resources of every value, shape, and variety. Surely he was doing well! And Sam didn’t slack up in…

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Short Story: Uprooting Weeds (and Overcoming Sin)

Laura pulled her sleeves back and set to work, determined that these weeds would get out of here. She wanted a well-kept garden desperately, but right now, it looked more like a garden of dandelions and crab grass. No more! This garden was going to get in shape. Hours later, Laura dragged herself back into…

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What Happened to “the Love You Had at First”?

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“I’m still here.” All night long Ruben had been patiently waiting, trying to get his wife’s attention. He longed to spend time with her. “I know,” Rose replied, hardly lifting her head from the pile of papers she was sorting. “But there’s just so much to do!” Rose rubbed her tired head, thinking about how…

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Story: Always a Way of Escape

“We’ve got you now.” The evil voice came over the loudspeaker, with a hideous laugh. Sam shuddered. It did indeed seem as if he was trapped. Hedges surrounded him on every side, looming above him and alongside him, as if they were about to devour him. All around was darkness. It was hopeless. Despair gripped…

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Short Story: The Private Who Expected Steak

Justin walked around the army camp dejected. He was a new recruit and was still getting used to army life. Nothing so far was going the way he’d pictured. He wanted steak for dinner—or at least something edible—but instead was served a pot of something or other that tasted more akin to poison. He wanted…

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Short Story: Super Busy…on Sandcastles

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Emma was busy–very busy. Her little mind raced with all the things she needed to get done on her sandcastle city. To her, getting her castle just right seemed to be the most important thing in the world. Little did Emma dream that soon the ocean would sweep away all her work. She was stressing…

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Short Story: If Plants Were People…

Short Story: If Plants Were People...

It was a very strange garden. It had been planted by the gardener, with each plant lovingly and thoughtfully chosen. The gardener had put a wide variety of plants in his garden—ones of every hue, texture, and height. Some were designed to bear large, showy flowers; others were to provide a restful green backdrop. Some…

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