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Holiday Booking | A 50 Word Short Story

The line for the best-selling author was long.
Toby hadn’t seen him for ages.
“Come back next time,” said his assistant.
“But–”
“He’s a popular man.” She handed him a card.
The bookmark was signed by his father. “Sure. Next time.”
He dropped it in the trash as he left.

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Terms of Service

His son was gaming again when the agent arrived.
“Congratulations. Your boy just clocked a billion followers, so now he’s ours.”
Men with ear pieces pushed past. “You can’t do this.”
“Read the fine print.” The agent smiled. “His people will call you.”
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On the Origins of Halloween | 50 Word Story

The cult leader reached the fields where her people toiled. They bowed as she approached.
“Family, our sacred book will now be replaced by…” Mother Rhapsody held up a triangle and struck a pure note. “This.”
As one the followers tore the pumpkins from the vines and flattened their leader.

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A Proper Goodbye | 50 Word Story

Grandpa’s eyes fluttered closed, face now still like a shrunken wax facsimile.
I touched Dad’s shoulder. “He’s gone. Let’s go.”
He smiled, lips tight with hidden grief. “I need a few moments.”
I swallowed. “I understand.”
I walked out into the autumn air, wishing I’d hugged him instead of speaking.

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