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The battle of a distracted mind

by Fidel Cadena

March 3, 2014

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How do they do it? How can my peers all focus on what this old teacher is droning on about? I can barely comprehend anything that comes out of his mouth, as if he’s speaking a foreign language. All this talk of numbers and lett...

Nail-biting adult anxiety

by Annie Beltran

February 27, 2014

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I recently decided I was an adult. Oftentimes an anxious adult who resorts to nail biting until scolded by another adult. Have you ever sat in the emergency exit row on an airplane? I have, and it was at that moment I started...

Source Point Sequence 14

by Max Saucedo

February 26, 2014

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Kenji’s eyes darted from the woman to the Asian man.  If his instincts were true, this man must be Source Point’s top dog, Agent Zhou.  For the first time, Damon Wade sounded nervous. “Can you take him?” Wade asked. “Depends...

In a reality far away

by Sarah Gough

February 24, 2014

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The noise from the TV is steady and distracting But it makes my head feel like it’s caving in.   I don’t know what this is, This aching insecurity, the uncertainty and unexplainable tears. I’m simply...

Picture day disasters

by Kara Fergason

February 20, 2014

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I’ve never particularly liked school picture day. As I wait in line with the rest of my class, my mind traces back to one particular morning in kindergarten, when I desperately needed to look like Barbie for my school picture....

Source Point Sequence 13

by Max Saucedo

February 19, 2014

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Alarms were blaring.  Someone had entered the building.  As Damon Wade and Kenji made their way down to the lower levels, they found themselves at a dead end.  Tapping a keypad, a service elevator compartment opened up.  Wade...

To be a rock and not to roll: part two

by Richard Freeland

February 17, 2014

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Hendricks looked down and discovered his hands firmly grasping leather handles, right foot buried in the gas pedal below. The Brute, crammed into Hendricks’ sidecar, grimaced at his destructively daydreaming superior.  ...

More than love

by Sarah Gough

February 13, 2014

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The words from a fortune cookie were a catalyst, A sign, an omen, a reason for you to act. To take that first shot in the dark with no guarantee of reciprocity, They prompted you to take a chance on me. And it paid off. ...

Source Point Sequence 12

by Max Saucedo

February 11, 2014

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Trepidation filled Karen Forrester as she stepped off the private jet that had flown from Dulles International to Singapore. Her partner, Yu Long Zhou, had forgone procedure and held onto their case files of their target, Damon...

Farewell to football

by Ethan Bailey

February 10, 2014

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Super Bowl Sunday is filled with friends, food, booze and, of course, football.  But as fun as it is, it’s always a bittersweet day for me. On one hand, it contains the pinnacle of sports: 53 grown-ass men hitting each other...

To Be a Rock and Not to Roll: Part One

by Richard Freeland

February 6, 2014

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Hendricks had a mane—an oily profusion of dark thistle descending from his skull. Long, unruly and garish. Werewolf hair. No joke. And his beard … you know what? Hendricks had two manes: one came out of his head, and the...

The invisible connections

by Sarah Gough

February 3, 2014

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I see freeway overpasses. Just a tangled mess of concrete weaving in and out of itself. All against a sapphire backdrop.   I see an open field, in some distant place. I feel the vastness, the inferiority I...