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November 21, 2013

The Eidolon in Prague

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The Prague Story goes like this. We can’t say what hotel we stayed at, nor at what café we drank espresso in the morning. But here’s the story-truth, all that matters really: we got drunk in Prague on the first night of our honeymoon. We wandered the ancient streets until our feet ached to find a bed. Our hotel appeared before us more by miracle or dumb luck than any sense of direction we possessed. In the morning, we celebrated finding our way back with strong coffee and kolaches—Czech pastry of semi-sweet dough with some kind of candied fruit in the middle. Andrea didn’t bother with makeup, and that was better. She refused to add sugar to the monstrously strong brew. The bitterness would stick better in her memory, she said.

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December 19, 2010

Crossing

A science fiction story, for once.

Garmin was annoyed that the cameras and biosensors at road’s edge had not detected the woman. He had them installed to prevent such intrusions.

No doubt she wanted something. Her clothes marked her as lower-class, most likely an hourly-wager. She must have taken the bus out from the city. She was not quite stout, not quite slender. If nothing else, the woman had presence, thought Garmin. Gravity.

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