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Piranhas, Pickle Joe, and Me

by Melissa Yuan-Innes

With a bonus opening chapter from The Popcorn Prophecies

Copyright 2008 by Melissa Yuan-Innes

Smashwords edition

Piranha skulls © 2011 by YBsilon-Stock

Published by Olo Books

In association with Windtree Press

I'm the only boy I know whose best friend is a pickle.

By that, I don't mean that his last name is Pickle.

I mean that he is a long, thin slice of dill pickle. His name is Joe.

Every night, I meet him in my dreams. Last night, I was swimming up the smoky green waters of the Amazon River, and Joe was swimming right along with me. His body rippled and waved through the water. The sunlight turned his body a clear, light green, except for seeds in his middle and the thicker, bumpy green skin that outlined him.

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