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Approval

I wrote this story in response to NPR’s “Three Minute Fiction” contest. The first sentence is mandatory; the length is limited to 600 words. I hope you enjoy the story (and perhaps the essay of reflections I wrote a bit later).

She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door. Within a few steps she had moved from the comfortable, wooden world of the library into the tiled grayness of the government office.

There were four service windows, but only the rightmost window was occupied. The man behind the glass partition was writing something onto a form, and he continued writing as she stepped up to the window’s opening. Poole, said the nameplate, and below it, Approvals. He was writing, she noticed, with a fountain pen. (more…)


Approval

I wrote this story in response to NPR’s “Three Minute Fiction” contest. The first...
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