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Leather Is Back

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As the whole world knows by now, last weekend's wardrobe malfunction on the red carpet was actually a bold fashion statement by Clarinne. The “skin” she flashed was really a daring design by LaPeau Leather. So I, as your fashion reporter, have dedicated this week's article to giving you all the details.

I am pleased to announce, Ladies (and of course, you discerning Gentlemen), that Leather is Back! Cruelty-free and more fashion-conscious than ever!

LaPeau has perfected vat-grown leathers that even the most expensive DNA test couldn't tell from traditional sources. And their growing methods have made it possible to have seams only where fashion demands, not where nature dictates. What progress!

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Gronk and the Shiny Gold Hat

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Little pink men ask how Gronk come to wear shiny gold hat.

Gronk tell.

Gronk tribe once had many men. Many women for mating. Then, Gronk's tribe do what Boss call "implode." Boss use big words. Not of Gronk's tribe. Boss from pink men's tribe. Find Gronk smashing sheep with rock, tell Gronk, "Shatter their gates. Kill their knights. Help me seize the crown."

Gronk understand 'smash' and 'kill.'

Boss promise Gronk many mates. Big hills with many rocks to smash. Much food. Gronk bored smashing sheep, so, Gronk agree.

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The Monster Hunter

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The man in the black cloak came in from the forest. I did not know then he was a monster hunter, though I did have a familiar dread in my stomach. I wish now that I had asked him from whence he came, for his voice was pleasant on my ears.

He asked for food and warmth for the night. I hadn’t a guest since the lost days when my children brought in friends from the village, but I still remembered the laws of hospitality.

The man smiled. “I expected to find nothing in the middle of a woods; what you can offer is far better than a bed of dirt.”

I nodded; it was true. I had slept many nights beneath those trees.

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Giant Leap

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Arriving on the ground at the foot of the ramp the party organized themselves in a semi-circle with the Colonel at the focus. Back on Earth a billion breaths were held; what was the Colonel going to say?

He raised his dimpled chin. "As I gaze out across this world, holding the flag of Human Unity, I plant it as a symbol of our intelligence and progress in working together to reach out to the stars." He raised the flag in two brawny hands and with an artistic flourish plunged it into the ground at his feet.

A monstrous rolling voice thundered across the landing site, rocking the entourage. "Oww!"

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Babylon Loves You

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In the morning she wakes you with a kiss. It’s the feel of cold metal on your cheek. You open your eyes and roll over. The service drone, her avatar, rolls back and waits patiently for you to get up.

In the shower, you know she’s watching you. In the kitchen, she makes you breakfast: coffee, toast, and eggs.

The drone, all ball-treads and spider-legs, sees you to the door. A thin metal arm straightens your collar.

“Have a good day,” a neutral female voice says.

You leave. And in the hallway outside your apartment you yank your collar askew again.

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