johnshade

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I have 137 stories published in 11 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 128971 times and 112 of my stories have been cherry picked.

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慈 — Compassion

— And they say money can’t buy happiness! Plato wasn’t sure how well the two-headed boy understood his witticism (the language barrier struck him in...
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不敢為天下先 — Daring not to be first in the world

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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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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Letter from Austria

What a comedy of humanness a ski slope is! That to enjoy the beautiful snow-clad Alps we have to cover them with giant people-hauling machines,...

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