26 – Roses

The spoon tinkled in the delicate China cup as she stirred the sugar the in her coffee. The big white cat purred softly on her lap, she stroked its fur absentmindedly as she looked at the garden outside. George had always loved this garden.

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22 – Crossroads

The leaves were the wrong color. They were beautiful, no doubt about it. Lush greens against a clear blue sky. But he was used to golden and red foliage in late September so, in his heart, they were simply the wrong color.

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21 – Promise

The young woman got out of the taxi, walked up the gravel path towards the house and, after a little hesitation, knocked the door.

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20 – Stars

The solar wind played with his hair, dark matter ripples caressing his skin as the strong smell of hydrogen filled his lungs.

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17 – Boots

He had enlisted to impress the ladies. “–A man in uniform will see the world… and will also make any young maiden’s heart stop.” His friend Donald had said with a wink on their way to His Majesty’s Dragons barracks.

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