Mel’s Long Overdue Letter to Norman

Dear Norman:

Please forgive the lateness of my own reply. Believe me when I say that there is reason behind said lateness. (and I hope that my response is still…appropriate, given the considerable time between your letter and now)

To begin with: I congratulate you on your marriage. To hear of your celebration, and of your happiness (and that my well wishes for you were of a perfect timing) puts a smile on my face.

Knowing your life in other aspects are also in a good state, that pleases me as well. And I would certainly love to hear from your stepdaughter, as would the boys. I am uncertain how often my replies will come, but I do hope to respond as quick as I can otherwise.

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Close Encounters of the Kindle Kind

(This was for April 2018 short story, which I forget the theme of, but hope I still got…somewhat right?)

-Appaloosa Plains, sometime in the mid 80s-

“Come on now, Myrna!” The voice on the other end of the call said. “Ya honestly can’t expect that this choice is gonna end well for ya! What if ya run afoul of some nasty burglars, or worse, racists?!”

Myrna just rolled her eyes, listening to her sister talk her ear off. She’d just had the feeling that the moment her phone service was set up, she was going to hear it ringing before long.

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“Look Addy,” she said, keeping her from saying any more. “I appreciate yer concern, but I’m a grown woman now. I can handle myself fine, thank ya.

“Of all people, ya should know that it takes more than a couple of bigoted yahoos to ruffle my feathers.”

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Mel’s Third Letter To Niels

Dear Niels:

I am sorry if I have taken too long since the last letter. A sick child is a serious event that must be cared for as soon as can be. With that noted:

Do not be alarmed, my friend. This ‘sleeping with others’ that I speak of, it is in fact not related to your sleepovers.

The circumstances surrounding this type of ‘sleeping’ I speak of is sometimes referred to as ‘adultery’ or ‘cheating’. As the former word implies, it is meant for adults.

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