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True Sleep Tales
by Cynthia Hinkle
09/24/07
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Debra and her great-aunt didn’t say a word. They rocked back and forth, back and forth, on the bedside. Moments before she crawled into her lap, a tiny bundle in a soft nightgown, and fell asleep.

Then Debra tucked her in with a prayer and left the nursing home. (49 words)


Snakes fell off tree limbs; geckos couldn’t hide. Rain pounded my hilltop, tin-roof house, robbing midnight shut-eye. Below dung coated mud and thatch homes melted as they slipped on the river’s edge.

I prayed that grace shook the Himalayan foothills, knocking on souls’ hearts, offering them a lifeline to love. (50 words)


“See you in a week,” he kissed her that morning.

In bed Marie ached for the crook of his arm, the side of his ribs, the stroke of his toes.

“ I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you . . .” her first Husband whispered.

Dawn rose happy. (48 words)



“Do we have permission to administer?” I asked over the phone, as my husband held the syringe over the experimental cream.

Lights circled, sirens flashed. Firemen in full gear rushed into the bedroom and heard my boy snore, no longer shaking.

Months later the seizure drug Diastat went to market. (50 words)


“It’s green zone, civilian work,” my new girlfriend explained her transfer, “and I sleep in an air-conditioned ten by twelve with sandbags.”

“Minimizes collateral damage,” my husband added.

“If the nations don’t come to you, you have to,” she said.

I nodded, teary-eyed. Go, even where mortars fall. (49 words)


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darlene hight 01 Oct 2007
Hi Cynthis, I just wanted you to know that even though you didn't place in the mini challenge that you had one of my votes :>
Seema Bagai  25 Sep 2007
These are all wonderful. Especially liked the last one.
Marita Vandertogt 25 Sep 2007
These are all EXCELLENT. Powerful descriptions in such a short space!!
Janice Cartwright 25 Sep 2007
First is may favorite, but all wonderfully descriptive.
Allison Egley  25 Sep 2007
These were really good, and all deserve their own full length story! I think I liked 1 and 4 best.
Betty Castleberry 24 Sep 2007
Nice! Love the description in the second one. I think the third one is my favorite though. Well done.
dub W 24 Sep 2007
Knowing these are non fiction makes them even stronger. Great stuff. Loved #5.
Pat Guy  24 Sep 2007
Wow! What a way to jump in! I loved the first one but really, really enjoyed them all. Way-to-go!
Joanne Sher  24 Sep 2007
I agree - knowing they're true makes them amazingly powerful. And I love them all too - but especially the first.
Verna Cole Mitchell  24 Sep 2007
The first and third were my favorites of these concise gems.
Mo 24 Sep 2007
These are all so powerful! I liked the last 3 best.




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