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TIM SEVENHUYSEN: Seventeen Seconds

Joanna had seventeen seconds to decide: would she help herself, or help someone else? Which would it be, selfishness or altruism?

To her left lay the bike trail to work. To her right, a struggling local donut shop and the subway system.

Joanna turned right. Today, she was a hero.

This story is based on a title suggested by @Haberley.


I was staring blankly at a dirty old apartment building, wondering whether more people go down fire escapes or up them.

You said, “It happened so suddenly; I found out yesterday,” and I wasn’t sure whether to slip out the back door, or embrace the opportunity to sneak back in.

One Wrong Answer

“Darling Cynthia, please give me just one more chance!”

“Why should I settle for an imperfect suitor?” sniffed Cynthia. “You answered a question wrong!”

“I’ll change my answer! I’ll change anything! Just tell me how!”

Cynthia considered. “Fine, one more chance. After all, I am the fairest of them all.”

This story is based on a title suggested by @Sir_Oddington.