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Penning AutumnFolded between the pages of books
you bound our spines
where the dandelions grow--
the anxious poetry of autumn.
Suitcases--FFM Day 12"Guilty until proven innocent" was one of those phrases Stiles had always loathed--not because it wasn't true, but because he'd spent his life believing suitcases couldn't--and would never--talk.
Thinking back on the last 24 hours, Stiles wasn't sure where insanity and reality first collided. Maybe it was at the bus depot, when he'd discovered--to his dismay, as he was running an hour late for a meeting with a soon-to-be ex-wife and their lawyers--that his bus pass had expired. Three years ago. Or maybe it was at work, when the entire floor had been "let go" because the Big Boss didn't like the look of their janitor.
Or maybe, he mused, it had always been this way, and Stiles had never noticed before because... Well, because he'd at least always managed to draw the right cards.
But his luck had run out. Stiles sighed, glancing at the handcuffs linking him to the very hard metal chair he'd been pushed into hours ago.
Who knew it was a
Toastering--FFM Day 10Pip, a type 1 diabetic for thirty-two years, had a problem. Poor blood sugar control and a lifestyle born of denial had left him, at thirty-eight, with neuropathy in his hands and feet. His doctors warned him he was headed down a dangerous path. Pip had laughed; he wasn't about to let the disease live his life for him.
Three years ago, Pip had discovered what he called "toastering." When the tingling in his fingers distracted or hindered his work, he'd set the toaster to its lowest heat, place it sideways on the counter, and bring the feeling back by sticking his fingers between the metal coils.
And for a short while, the heat did wonders for his grip--the tingling would disappear. But what used to last an hour only worked about five minutes now. Pip was "toastering" more than working, and it was drawing the attention of a species far, far out in space.
Because what Pip didn't understand was that every time he stuck a finger in the toaster, another world collapsed--and he was run
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