The Worry Curse, Part Thirteen

Laina slung her purse under her desk and grinned at her watch--two minutes early. As she pulled back her chair, a sticky note fluttered off the back and drifted onto the seat. As she turned it over, her smile wilted. Please meet me in my office at 9 AM - M.…

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The Worry Curse, Part Eleven

Laina knocked beside the mosaic welcome plaque. She shifted her stance to face Arden. "Thanks for walking me to their apartment. I feel like I've inconvenienced you--" "No gun to my head." He stuffed his hands into the pockets of his frayed jeans and shrugged. "I like elevator rides." "Preachers shouldn't…

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The Worry Curse, Part Seven

Coats swished into the hall as hours robbed natural rays from the cubicle hive. Electronics and clicking keys fell silent, leaving her alone under the intensifying hum of bile-hued lights. Laina pecked away at her report until the screen blurred. She blinked and strained her eyes to type the conclusion. Send. Tight…

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The Worry Curse, Part Seven

Coats swished into the hall as hours robbed natural rays from the cubicle hive. Electronics and clicking keys fell silent, leaving her alone under the intensifying hum of bile-hued lights. Laina pecked away at her report until the screen blurred. She blinked and strained her eyes to type the conclusion. Send. Tight…

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The Worry Curse, Part Six

Laina pressed her shoulder against the engraved plaque directing the way to marketing and editorial departments. She peered around the corner. Beyond the central hive of grey cubicles, fluorescent glare crowned the windows walling in the corner office. Mr. Ellison raised a cell phone to his ear and turned in his…

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The Worry Curse, Part Six

Laina pressed her shoulder against the engraved plaque directing the way to marketing and editorial departments. She peered around the corner. Beyond the central hive of grey cubicles, fluorescent glare crowned the windows walling in the corner office. Mr. Ellison raised a cell phone to his ear and turned in his…

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The Worry Curse, Part 4

Earthy scents of sandalwood and spices wafted from the shelves. The heady odors clawed into her nostrils and down her throat. She coughed and blinked away tears blurring her view of the storage room. A fluorescent bulb flickered overhead, threatening to join its dead twin. Rory's voice echoed from the bend in…

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The Worry Curse, Part 3

Ashen clouds rumbled warnings overhead as its audience of street traffic and pedestrians dwindled. Laina squinted against a damp gust tainted with smog. A man bumped against her shoulder as he brushed past her on the sidewalk. She glanced back, patting her purse and pockets--everything still in place. His trench coat…

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The Worry Curse

Laina jolted awake. Sirens tore through the morning air. She blinked at red flashes breaking into her room. They penetrated a finger-wide gap in her lined taupe drapes and splayed crimson across her dingy walls. Pounding on a nearby door rattled through the apartment's thin walls. Voices echoed from the hallway. "Police! Open up!" She sprang up…

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Master Storyteller

A shimmering sari draped over the pulpit as the storyteller mesmerized her audience. She transported the listeners into a past era. A regal ballroom came alive. The mysterious sikh and his abrupt proposal wove enchantment and apprehension into the room's ambiance.Chivalrous adventures from childhood, tales of battlefront survival, and bittersweet love stories…

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