Focal Point: Hooked by the Sparkle

“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” - Stephen King It was a typical summer morning at the Gulf station. I had already hosed down the drive, washing away the nightly onslaught of June bugs, flushing fluids spewed from hot radiators and diluting the sticky mess of a soft drink spilled by the far pumps. The oil cases…

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” - Mark Twain She met us at the gate - a pretty college girl with long blonde hair flowing over a loose peasant blouse. She was dressed in tight-fitting bell-bottoms and beads, the campus style of the

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