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Knock knock

The boys were sitting in their usual place at The Pipe Shop when Cory walked inside. They excitedly turned their heads at the jingle of the bells above the door. Cory lifted the brown paper bag, grinning at his...
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Forty-eight pages

She walked slowly with delicate steps as if she would disturb the already hardened pavement. Reaching down into her pocket, she pulled out the little white booklet he had given her. It was a curious little thin...
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Mr. Grumpy

Dad seems to be in a bad mood again. But I can’t tell whether it’s because mom’s not feeling too well or because he has to cook us his infamous corn stew concoction for dinner again. “Hurry and eat your foo...
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Exterior

Phoebe trailed behind her mother, hanging onto the end of her tight-fitted Abercrombie tee, and followed her out the front door. Her mother sat on the front step and pulled out a pack of Marlboros. She was alre...
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You, Yourself—Jeremiah 4.30

Black and worn out Converse adorn her feet With holes and seams ripped along the sole. Stepping into newly formed puddles, Her precious socks get soaked in the process— Her absolute pet peeve. A navy t...
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Father’s love

The water flowed with a delicate rush from the faucet trickling down her hands. She watched as the water helplessly traveled down the calloused wrinkles of her palms and fingers, like rivers carried by the ...
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UIUC—Orange, Blue and … Green?

According to US News, UIUC ranks #13 in the category of “Top Public Schools.” After some digging and searching, I managed to scavenge facts that bring validity to the UI’s ranking among the top 15 public sc...