55 Fiction: Partners in Crime

They took the 7:00 AM train every weekday.

They always sat facing each other. And solved the daily crossword.

Yesterday, he hadn’t shown up. She didn’t know the answer to Across-9.

He turned up on Tuesday. Smiling apologetically, he leaned the crutches against his seat.

She smiled back. Adjusting her prosthetic arm, began solving the crossword.

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55 Fiction: Karma 21

The old man with kindly eyes was sitting on the bench.

She smiled at him, “I turned 21 today.”

He said, “You are the only young person I know that smiles at me. May your dreams come true. God Bless.”

Her cellphone buzzed. The country’s topmost B-School had accepted her application.

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