MICHAEL ESTABRUCK : Paradoxes
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Paradoxes
Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist who specializes in the physics of time, has determined that we will never be able to go back in time. The reason – Paradoxes. For example – if I traveled back in time and shot my father because I was mad he married my mother (Oedipus alive and raging in my breast) then I would never have been born, hence, I could never go back in time and shoot my father – Voila, a Paradox! Anyway, I was glad to know this because, like many of us, there are some things in my past that I never want to revisit or have anyone else revisit, embarrassing or behaving-badly moments that I wish I could go back and undo. But because of those pesky paradoxes I cannot, so if they can't be expunged I want them hidden like buried pirate's treasure forever and forgotten as much as possible for as long as can be.
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This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

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L. S. SHEVSHENKO
The Saddest in the World
discoveredsomething fine.Some studentsmoved innext door andthey were coolalways givingthingsa chemistry seta chess boardthe greatest books on earth:DanteLeoand Lawrence.I was forbiddento bother thembut like everyoneat thirteenI ignored 'the rules'.Theyseemed to like meto feed their catsand dogsand I got to justhang outwhenever I likedand even wateredtheir tree of Christmasgrowingin that living room of light . One morningbefore schoolI fed the animalswaited on the busat their housein their houselistening to a musicwhich was unlike anythingthan I had ever heard . Bill's girl wokeshe spoke softlyandI watched her headroll, up - and down and as she saw meand smiledand never tried to hideand she mounted himridingin thesebeautiful rhythmic tonesthese moansofmotionher hairrising and fallingsurroundingthose breastsas the sun enteredand all I could dowas watchsit thereand beuntilshe finished.She camemany timesto this abodealwayssmiling at menever saying a wordto the blushingof my reserve.And one daygoing overI foundBill and themhad movedin the middle of the nightthe house had a strange emptinesssomething beautiful had goneit up and diedleaving me behindto rotin a pitiful existencein false theoryof the past.…once againI was the saddest guy around.
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