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The Bigshot by Lowell Jaeger

Office at the college, my name on the door. View of the lawns and walks. My toddler daughter opens a desk drawer, empties it on the floor, spilling thumb tacks. Her mom’s peeved I missed the birthday party, so the kid and I are paired while Mom pampers herself with a spa day at the…

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Play Until by Cara Dempsey

So say there’s this guy, and you’ve been with him a while now­—long enough to know whether he prefers black or pinto beans in his burritos and how many beers he can drink before he’s an asshole—and he’s dying to drag you into the big arcade on the boardwalk. What are you supposed to do?…

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CC’s Best of the Net 2014 Nominations!

We had a number of excellent submissions to choose from this time for Best of the Net. It was fricking hard, but we whittled them down and, after taking into consideration each staff members’ votes, came up with our list. This is one of the best parts of our job. Congrats to all the nominees!…

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The Fountain by B.H. James

Joining hands, they walked through the arched entryway. Stone covered in ivy. “Like a movie,” Laura said as they passed beneath. Daniel smiled. They entered an open courtyard with a cobblestone floor to which their feet had to adjust after the smooth concrete they had been walking on. People were scattered, also in couples, wandering…