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How to Fake It – Theresa Smith

There are no hard and fast rules for faking it. All you need is a reason and a basic enthusiasm. Anyone who purports to tell you how to fake it correctly is full of shit. There is no correct way, but there are suggestions with merit. The goal of faking it is to have one’s presumptions go, for the most part, unquestioned. Anyone who wants to fake it for any other reason is doomed to failure.

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Slime Brain – Jon Berger

I’m the best book balancer at my job. I can balance almost any book on my head. I work at a book store. I can run the cash register and talk to customers and get books for customers and talk on the phone with customers all with a book on my head. Usually the nice thick paperbacks are the best. They have weight to them and form to the shape of my skull.

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Stench of the Snake – Joshua Rodriguez

Bill’s house harbored an enormous glass enclosure; an orange light beamed down on a python coiled into a sinuous pile with smooth, ridged scales. Looking into its vapid, calculating eyes was unsettling—its lethality was undeniable. Bill stored the reptile in a room teeming with disorder and the snake’s pungent stench. Everything was piled high in disarray. There was a staunch disconnection from whatever utility things served in the past, like a bundle of cut,

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The Creation – Clark Williams

Without paying attention, I placed the final boulder on the creation. It felt like it happened so fast, when it fact it had taken a little over four centuries. I still hadn’t finished my cup of lemonade. I had grown some extra appendages that would have to be removed–mostly arms, a leg here and there, and some of those little wiggly things. I tossed them into my owner’s beak and she ate them gladly.

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