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The Odd

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The Odd (139 Words)

“I face odds well enough,” she said, “when they’re easy.”

“Ah,” said he. “And am I easy?”

“Are you odd?”

They glared at each other. It was a humored glare, the irritation and resistance mixed with a joining humor.

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Unexpected Flight

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Unexpected Flight (168 Words)

Mayor Grady absolutely denied he had ever wanted to be on a cross-country flight in a hot air balloon. He was only at the balloon’s unveiling to support the community. The two engineers also denied any intention of actually wanting to fly the balloon anywhere. They were only there to support their company.

So when the balloon somehow managed to pull free and ascended patiently some five hundred feet above solid ground, no one was more surprised than its three passengers.

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Princess Rex

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Princess Rex (123 Words)

One of the ducklings was under the henhouse. Jasper knew it was Little Yeller when the Border Collie saw Yeller’s rabbit friend, Hoppie, close by. Dutifully, Jasper walked over and sat down.

“Yeller,” he said. “What is it this time?”

“Go ’way,” came the tiny voice.

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One Ugly Dragon

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One Ugly Dragon (155 Words)

A dragon was coming to town. Everyone knew the date, although the time wasn’t certain. A certain trader offered Joey two wooden figures guaranteed, like scarecrows, to frighten dragons away.

Joey believed him. But when his father, Maxie, saw them, he wasn’t pleased.

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Three Winks and a Wish

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Three Winks and a Wish (185 Words)

“So,” said the genie, smiling. “Which one do you choose?”

Patricia looked between the three glasses unwillingly. The genie’s smile was not pleasant, a mix of malice and pleasure.

“It isn’t fair,” she said. “No way this decides what kind of wish I can make. How does that work, anyway?”

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Mad Dogs and Space Fights

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Mad Dogs and Space Fights (753 Words)

Apparently Jack Colton didn’t believe in formalities or protocol. With a slam and a crash, he was in her office, a very flustered and indignant secretary stumbling and flailing after him like a bird caught in the path of a hurricane.

The young lieutenant had never looked so wild. Leaning over her desk, he thrust a sheet of paper at Hailie, inches short of her nose.

“Sign it,” he said. “I don’t have time to play twiddle-thumbs with you kids.”

She looked at him, as dispassionate as he was impassioned. “What is it?” she asked.

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Finders Keepers

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Finders Keepers (178 Words)

When Farmer Tye saw the dragon guarding a little brambly nest tucked under a bush, he knew what it meant. Baby dragons.

“You leave that nest alone, Farmer Tye,” said his neighbor and friend Jimmy Quinn. Jimmy was a carpenter and very conscious of his crucial role in the village’s upkeep, just as he was very conscious of Tye’s practical usefulness as well. To him, the stonemason was “Stonemason Tim,” the weaver was “Weaver Molly,” and the farmer was “Farmer Tye.”

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Uninvited but not Unwelcome

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Uninvited but Not Unwelcome (99 Words)

Bats are whispering, fluttering creatures. Their furry bodies, their reptilian wings, are such a contrast of the charming and repulsive that they catch the unready mind off guard. For dragons as much as humans, bats are a surprise.

“You’re not a little dragon,” said Smoak, “and you’re not a mouse. What are you?”

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Never Buy an Online Restaurant

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Never Buy an Online Restaurant (148 Words)

It seemed like a deal too good to be true. Mick’s dreams of running his own restaurant seemed so immediate and so real that he closed the deal on Ebay and dropped out of school.

He thought twice too late. The “restaurant” had clearly not been used for years. Mick doubted if there were even electricity.

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Treasure Trap

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Treasure Trap (198 Words)

Three days, walking through jungle, avoiding the teeth of poisonous snakes. Three days, and they found the big rock.

“This is the seventh rock we’ve found,” muttered Mr. Jones. “Next to the seventh sand pit.”