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Flash Fiction and Poems

By John Kipling Lewis

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By John Lewis

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Copyright 2012 John Lewis

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If you are reading this, then I didn't delete it.

To my loving wife Alice, without whom I would be dead to the world.

To my children Jackson the Inventive and Cole the Brilliant: I love you both more than words can be read.

Professional Editing by Andrea Trask.

Special thanks to Liz Henry for editing beyond the call of duty.

Salt and thanks to Steve Wineman for ninja editing even after tasting the tea.

The Diner

I come to this diner once, maybe twice a week. The waitresses, all Polish, know my name. The Greek owner's son knows my name. I think even the cook knows my name, because I always order French toast with strawberries on top. I've been coming here for about a year now, I guess that makes me a regular.

There are other regulars too. There are bus drivers who eat here in groups around 4pm. They eat and chat while waiting for their bus schedules to force them up to deliver people home from work. When they talk about their joys I sometimes feel sorry for them. Their cars or their vacations. These things they keep with them, they laugh and joke about them. I smile when they smile. I've learned to do that.

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