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Tommy pressed his face to the window pane, the snowflakes were as large as the peas he squashed each mealtime rather than eat them. Only instead of a being that boring green they were whiter than the new socks Grandma had given him for Christmas, and certainly a good deal whiter than they were now. After only a minute he could no longer see, his own breath, having misted up the glass. Without calling out his intentions to his Dad he raced out to the porch and stuck his tongue as far out as it would go. The flakes melted on contact with the raised pink buds. He'd been hoping for a burst of flavour like from those slushies at the movie theatre, but instead there was less flavour than the tap water. Like something had been taken out. Already his skin was as lumpy as the mountain range before him and he felt his muscles begin to quiver without him meaning to. He crouched down to poke the drifts at his feet and his finger hole remained. This was too good; softer than ice, thicker than soup.

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She thinks about what's behind her, what she cancelled or didn't bother to cancel. As for the apartment, she just shut the door with it's shiny new lock and walked out, since out was where she needed to be. It gets easier and easier, dishes in the sink for two weeks, three weeks, only a little mould on them, she hardly even feels guilty anymore; one of these days it may be permanent.

By angela, April 23, 2012.

Found in Bodily Harm, authored by Margaret Atwood.

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"I'm delighted to tell you that you've won an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii, five start hotel, travelling premium class all the way. We know you'll have this on Facebook in three seconds flat, that all you friends will click "like" and comment "Wow!" They'll feel so jealous that they'll spend way too much on vacations this year and other consumer products to make themselves feel better. They'll buy more fancy coffee, those shoes they wanted but couldn't afford, upgrade the car early. After all, aren't they entitled to the good life too? Whoops. Did I say all that? Please forget it. I'm delighted to tell you that you've won and all expenses paid trip to Hawaii, five star hotel, travelling premium class all the way, plus $1000 to spend - cue fanfare music and wild applause. We just want to make you happy, you deserve a break! Tell you what, we'll throw in a mall gift card for all that new swimwear you'll need..."

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They had booked the same vacation as their friends had last year, only with a classier room. Just a little better was good enough. A simple post with a picture showing the larger bed and the expense would be justified. They uploaded the picture and sent a tweet within minutes of arrival and then wondered what to do. They didn't like foreign food or that white sand that gets into everything. The street signs were in Spanish and so was the television. They pondered what to do. The only thing that made sense was to work out what would make their friends most jealous and set about staging the photos.

By robertgreen, October 22, 2014.