A Tale of Nine Lemons

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The couple had thirteen children by the time they were finished siring.  One by one, as each child came of age, they were sent out into the world to seek their fortunes and their purposes for themselves.  To each child their parents gave one gift to help them on their way.  And upon receiving their gifts, each child proclaimed their grand aims. Continue reading

A Most Discourteous Interview

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I was nervous.  Okay…yes, obviously.  Obviously I was nervous.  This one, I really, really wanted.  Based on the description.  Field investigation and research.  Constant travel, mostly domestic, but some international travel might be required.  Opportunities to advance, to earn further education, to earn money.  But best of all, I would not be able to talk about the details of my work—with rare exception—with anyone outside of the organization.  No details meant no criticism from my…beloved family.  But you can’t always be sure from just a description.  I tried not to get too excited. Continue reading

The Nanocosmetologist

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“Yes, I can answer that,” Kaira said.

She felt a thin layer of sweat forming along her temples.  She took a breath and forced herself to pause long enough to send a mental command through the processing patch just below her throat.  The four investors sitting before her probably thought she was composing her thoughts.  But she was actually commanding the nanoparticles on her face to shimmer and give her that classic “dewy glow” while other particles swept any excess sweat back through her hairline. 

Or so she hoped.  She was still in the process of calibrating and training the mental commands program. Continue reading