johnshade

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I have 133 stories published in 11 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 120979 times and 104 of my stories have been cherry picked.

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The Mask — Part 2

Mother is making jam. The house fills with strawberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry treacle, a smell that traps you in amber, my...
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The Mask

was astonishingly lifelike. Rather waxen, of course, with those ghastly tints of yellow, purple and grey where peach and rose once grew. But no...
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Makeup

Her eyelashes were gummed together in twos and threes by mascara. Thick black eyeliner traced very closely the curve of her eyelids, running through...
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Beggars

Giving to beggars is one of the dirty delights of wealth. That pinprick of feeling as their eyes meet yours, as they greet your generosity with...
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不敢為天下先 — Humility

The Vizier — a small man of ever-growing consequence — watched with relish as his towering rival began to shrink in his chair. The tall man’s...

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