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Everyday Drabbles #572: Pumpkin

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Every year, the farmer grew a record-breaking pumpkin. Each one was larger than the last.
At the state fair, he would sit beside his creations as the scale listed his achievements. Two thousand pounds, twenty-five hundred, three thousand. But the smile on his face never reached his eyes.
News teams from all over lined up to interview him, hoping to capture a slam-dunk human interest story. They always came away disappointed.
“It needs to be bigger,” the farmer would say and walk off. He would return to his field and start again from scratch.
For some reason, Linus was obsessed.

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Everyday Drabbles #571: The Betrayal

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As the car rumbled through the streets, she couldn’t see where she was going. She could barely move at all. Somehow, her caretakers had betrayed her. She screamed, but her caretaker didn’t seem to even hear her.
The car stopped at a low brick building, and she was brought inside. The hospital walls were painted in cheerful pastels, but the place stank of fear and madness. Strange figures subjected her to horrifying experiments.
Then, they just went home.
“How did Princess do at her checkup?” The other caretaker asked that evening.
“Fine. You know how cats are at the vet.”

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Everyday Drabbles #570: Autumn Leaves

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The leaves were changing. Day by day, they cast their green hues aside for red, orange, and gold coats.
Each day on her twenty-minute lunch, she would sit in the courtyard and watch them. She had read somewhere that autumn colors were already inside the leaf when it budded, but you could never tell what color it would turn.
She liked the idea that all her changes were curled up somewhere deep inside and that she was only waiting for the proper moment to reveal them.
By the time the leaves finished falling, she had made her decision and left.

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Everyday Drabbles #569: Haunted House

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The house was abandoned. The neighborhood kids agreed that it was haunted and would dare each other to step inside on moonless summer nights.
They built campfires in the weed-choked backyard and told stories of kids that went in and were never seen again.
But the house was odd. Lights flipped on at strange hours, and music randomly filled empty rooms. Rusted appliances whirred to life and went silent again in the kitchen.
The house had been one of the first fully wired Smart Houses. It still kept its master’s schedule long after its door was locked for the last time.

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Everyday Drabbles #568: Moon

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They went out walking on a perfect autumn night. The sky was clear, and the weather was still warm. The air carried a hint of bonfires and fallen leaves on the soft breeze.
He looked up and marveled at the harvest moon, hanging huge and golden in the black sky.
“Isn’t it beautiful,” he asked her. And she nodded but frowned. “What’s wrong?”
“Wasn’t it the new moon last night?” He looked back up at the object in the sky. She was right. And whatever it was, it was getting bigger at an alarming rate.
“That’s no moon,” she whispered.

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Everyday Drabbles #567: Ghost Car

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He still drove his boss to the factory every day before dawn. The storms had flooded the town and the highway, but you could still take the mountain roads if you were clever and fearless.
Most drivers didn’t have his steel, though. There were fatal crashes every day on that road. In the emergency camp, they whispered about a ghost car running the wealthy foreigners off the road.
He didn’t believe in ghosts.
Rounding the bend, he spotted headlights in the dark. The white charger sped forward, and he could see the driver’s inhuman eyes. It was already too late.

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Everyday Drabbles #566: Opera Ghost

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I watched the other occupant of the catacombs beneath the opera house with benevolence.
Deformed from birth, he’d lived a hard life. But he had an unparalleled ear and a love of music. He could’ve changed the medium forever if humanity’s cruelty hadn’t forced him into hiding.
I did nothing as he played little tricks on the crew and pranked a succession of nouveau riche owners more interested in their investment than art.
But when he began stalking a chorus girl, I knew I’d let things go too far. It was time he saw what a real phantom could do.

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Everyday Drabbles #565: Spook Town

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The barge made its way through the city. Its doors were locked, and the windows were covered. But the passengers could still look out through gaps in the boards.
They were undead, cursed by foul magic, and exiled to the slums of Spook Town. They were being punished not for their crimes but for the crime that was done to them.
But as the boat neared the dock, the prisoners saw that every window was lit by colorful lanterns. A brass quartet played a jazz riff as a crowd of gaudily dressed skeletons gathered to welcome them.
They were home.

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Everyday Drabbles #564: Morning Catch

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The children dragged the net onto the shore, struggling against the cumbersome weight of the dead creature within.
The divers didn’t bother to remove their scavenged helmets as they examined the catch. There were a few fish, but the majority of the haul was made up of the leviathan.
Its long, serpentine body was clad in iridescent scales, and its thin limbs ended in broad, wing-like membranes that sparkled in the morning sunlight.
The children knew that they had destroyed something beautiful and rare. But they also knew that they wouldn’t have to worry about food for a long time.

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Everyday Drabbles #562: The Signal

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They sent their signals out into the stars as soon as they were sure that the little blue planet could receive them. Following a message of greeting and galactic peace, they sent instructions for a curious machine. Ardent debate ensued on Earth over what it did.
The interstellar gulf was too large to cross in a ship. Too many things could go wrong. A signal could get through, as long as there was a receiver on the other side.
The aliens had the ability to convert themselves into energy and rebuild their bodies from local materials.
The invasion had begun.

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