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Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 - 10A Couple of Buds©.
by: Colette Calapristi Casey

Hey, hey Jonesie good mornin’ to ya buddy. It’s another beautiful day ain’t it?

Oh yeah, you know it Smithie. How’d you rest last night Buddy?

Well probably about the same as you, you know. Getting kind a chilly around here at night lately.

Yeah, yeah, I know what ‘cha mean. Not like when we was little eh? It seemed like an endless summer.

Yeah, I hear ya Jonsie, I hear ya. Haha back then we were a couple of little buds weren’t we?

Haha, the whole neighborhood was green, weren’t we back then? Seems like a lifetime ago.

Yeah, yeah, we sure were. Now everything’s changing. We aren’t so green anymore are we?

Naw, naw Jonesie, we’re gettin’ on. And ya know? The neighborhood just ain’t the same either. Everybody is just takin’ off. We’ll end up the last ones hangin’ in there at this point.

Yeah, soon we’ll be goin’ with the rest of ‘em. It’s just life ya know?

Yeah, yeah, I’m feelin old Jonsie. I’m feelin’ old. I don’t feel as strong as I used to, I can’t get enough to drink and hell, I don’t even want to drink. It’s like it’s my time.

I hear ya say it. I hear ya. Oh Smithie, I ain’t feelin’ so great right now. I’m getting’ really weak.

No! Jonsie No! Don’t let go! There ain’t many of us left, you can do it—you can hold on!

I can’t, I can’t bro! Sorry, but I gotta gooooooooo……

Jonsie! Jonsie! Nooooooooo

The Central Park Gardner pulled up the maintenance truck under the giant oak. He hopped out and pulled the rake out of the back of the truck. He began raking leaves as more fell. It was a beautiful Autumn day.


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A Dark and Stormy Night
by: Colette Calapristi Casey
© 2014
The storm blew violently outside of Justin’s hotel room. He went to the window and pulled back the blinds. Trees were bowed in the eastern direction with limbs collapsing under the pressure. The window panes rattled with the wind gusts and the rain sounded like pellets hitting the glass. Jason looked down at the street and tried to see if anyone was out there. Traffic on the street was sparse for a city as large as St. Louis.

A blot of lightening flashed in front of his window and the thunder was almost immediate. The room began to shake and the hangers in the closet rattled. Jason jumped back from the window with the hair on his arms standing straight up.

“Too close for comfort.” He noted to himself and looked again at his watch. He sat down at the desk, put his feet up and hit the pre-programmed number in his phone.

A woman with a romancing voice answered the phone. “Hello Jason. You’re calling earlier than usual.”

“Yeah, the meeting I had scheduled for tonight cancelled and there’s a nasty storm outside so I came right back to the hotel. Going to hold up here for the night.”

“Alone?” She asked matter-of-factly.

Jason rolled his eyes. “Come on Andrea, that only happened once and it was a long time ago. I told you it was a mistake, a bad mistake. You can’t keep grilling me every time I go out of town.”

Silence was his response until he heard her sigh.

“Really baby, you know you’re the only one for me. And I forgave you after Joey’s soccer coach.” Jason smirked.

“I told you 100 times, there was nothing ever between us, so you don’t need to forgive me for anything. I have been completely faithful to you.”

“Well, that’s up for discussion.” Jason wasn’t going to let her get on top of this.

“Look, I’ve got an early flight tomorrow and have to turn in. We’ll talk more when I get back.”

“Okay, Jason, sounds good. I’m really sorry. I don’t know what got into me. I just miss you so much when you’re gone.”

Jason sighed. “Me too. We’ll talk tomorrow. Give Joe a hug and kiss for me.”
“I will. And Jason, I do love you.” Andrea’s voice was sweet.

“Yeah, I know. See you tomorrow.” And with that he hung up the phone.

Andrea was right, normally, he’d be out at the bar picking up a local girl for the night before returning home to his family. It was just that one time he came home with the clap that screwed things up. Since then he decided he better ‘cover up’ even though it wasn’t as fun.

Jason smiled and thought of Oklahoma City last month. A Rodeo Queen. They were always good for a ride. He recalled his last visit to St. Louis just two months ago. It was a buxom blonde with full lips but he couldn’t recall her name or her eye color. He chuckled and shrugged it off. Tonight there would be no exurcions. The weather had taken care of that for him.

He stripped down to his shorts and climbed into bed. He rearranged the numerous pillows that were positioned against the headboard. Once situated he flipped on the TV and shut off the light.

“You. Are a bastard,” a voice whispered in his ear.

Jason shot up in bed, his heart pounding. His eyes darted across the room. He listened with every muscle in his body. What had he heard? Was it the TV, was it in his mind. He sat perfectly still for what felt like an eternity. He slid back down into his bed as his heart rate returned to normal.

The lightening flashed again and the thunder was immediate and even more severe than the last one if that was possible. The TV went black and the hum of the heater stopped.

“You will pay now and later,” said the voice in a hushed whisper.

Jason reached for his phone and tapped on the “Flashlight” app. He scanned the room.

“Who is that! Who’s there?”

The TV blinked back on with the sound blaring. The heat came back on, but this time it was at full blast. The room became scorching hot in a matter of moments. Jason found it hard to breathe.

He ran to the thermostat and started punched the down button to kick it off. On his way to turn off the TV, another lightening strike flashed and thunder rolled.

The power went out again.

Jason stood in the middle of the hotel room looking wildly around to get his bearings. He made it to the window and through open the drapes he could see that the street lights were still on and other rooms in the hotel still had power.

He saw a light in his window that he tried desperately to make out. He realized he was looking out when he should have been looking in. The light was not outside but a reflection from inside his room. Jason turned slowly and saw a ghostly figure staring at him. He was an older man dressed in overalls and wearing a cap. Jason’s immediate impression was that it was an old time Train Conductor. He’s eyes were intense and set upon him. Jason wondered if this was a dream, perhaps he could just wake up.

“You killed her.” The man said simply.

Jason’s heart pounded. “What are you talking about? Look Bud, I don’t want any trouble. I think you’ve got the wrong guy.”

The man shook his head slowly. “It was you. You gave her the drug, you brought her back here, you raped her and you left her alone, in this room.”

Jason tried to make a connection with what the man was saying until the Buxom Blonde from two months ago came to mind. “Hey wait a minute. You’re talking about that girl a couple months ago? I just asked her if she wanted to party and she said yes. She’s the one who wanted it, I didn’t force her to take it.”

“It doesn’t matter. You knew she was already drinking too much and you moved in on her. She was a good girl and you destroyed her. We have a way of dealing with men like you on the line. We get things back on track.”

Jason backed up holding up his hands, “whoa, buddy whoa! I had no idea. I never heard from her again-honest!”

“You didn’t hear from her because you left her. She woke up and realized what had happened and couldn’t live with herself. She died. Right here in this room. You could have been an honorable man, but you are not. You’re wife and child deserve better so it’s my job to get things back on track.

Jason screamed as he realized this wasn’t a dream and that the man was not a man. The ghost moved quickly towards him, pushing him into the window until it broke, sending him to the pavement below.

The hotel room where Jason stayed had been closed up for over a week when the bellman brought his girlfriend in to see it.

“They say it was the Conductor.” The bellman said.

“Why do they call him that?” she asked coyly.

“Because he thinks its his job to put everything back on track.” The two stood quietly and stared at the police tape and broken window.

Behind the bellman’s ear, he heard a whispered voice. “Treat her right, you hear?”

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The Night it Happened© 2014
by: Colette Calapristi Casey

The wind was blowing
The fire was growing
I ran and I ran
the night it happened

My bedroom too high
No chance but to fly
I jumped and I fell
The night it happened

I awoke with a start
Placed my hand over heart
Cried out in sorrow
The night it happened

I wander and wallow
New owners I follow
Wondering why it was me
The night it happened

I look and I seek
Sometimes as a freak
To ever haunt after
The night it happened.

The home I once flaunted
Was now they say haunted
It was me and I know
The night it happened.

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Morning came earlier than usual thanks to the antics of Chester the Tabby of the House. Chester hoped up on the bed and started purring around Jason’s chin. When that didn’t work, he went under the covers and pressed his paws back and forth against Jason’s chest.

Jason pushed Chester away and rolled over to the other side, pulling his blankets with him, leaving Chester exposed. The persistent feline was not one to take no for and answer and hopped over Jason and proceeded to rub his entire body across Jason’s face.

“Chester….nooooo.” Jason’s voice was groggy.

‘purrrrrrpurrrrpurrrr’Chester responded more enthusiastically.

Jason sighed and opened his eyes to a face full of fur. He placed his hand on the cat and then gently moved him away.

Jason was a young man of 29, handsome and fit. He sat up in bed and rested his feet on the hardwood floor of his bedroom. He squinted his eyes open, rolled his tongue in his mouth and looked at the sunrise coming through the east window. He scratched his head and looked over at the Tabby.

“Well, I guess now’s as good as time as any to get up, right Chester?” Jason put his hand atop of the cat who was now purring at full speed and enjoying every minute of attention.

“Let’s get something to eat. Ok?”

Response: Purr and a plunk down from the bed. Chester trotted toward the kitchen with the full expectation that Jason would follow. And, he did.

Jason went to the coffee maker and got it going. He opened a can of cat food, plopped it into Chester dish, and got that going.

While Chester devoured his breakfast Jason went over to the couch to lay down. It was only a few minutes before Jason could feel Chester walking across him.

“Chester! What do you want? Can you just leave me alone buddy?”

Chester walked closer to Jason who felt the Tabby’s paws move closer to his face. He shot up, grabbed the cat and put him on the floor. The cat jumped up and sat at his feet.
Jason groaned. “Leave, me, alone.”

“I do believe that is not an option at this time. You have forced my hand son and I must oblige.”

Jason sat up straight and looked around the room. He got up and started checking the bedrooms, bathrooms and nooks and crannies of his New York Apartment.

“Who’s there!” Jason shouted.

“Who do ya’ll think?” said the voice.

Jason turned and ran toward the living room.

“I’ve got a gun, whoever you are and I suggest you get out of here right away!” Jason declared.

“Now don’t go lyin’. You ain’t got no gun Jason.” Chester turned his face to Jason. And smiled.

Jason stood there staring at his pet who was sitting on the couch matter-of-factly.

“You gonna stare at me all day boy? You know you forced my hand don’t you now?” Chester said casually.

“Holy crap. Chester? When did you start talking?” Jason was started to shake and sat down in the recliner across from the couch and started directly at the cat.

“I’ve always been able to talk, but didn’t need to.” Chester rolled his eyes.

Jason was eyeing Chester as if watching a pot boil. Waiting for the next movement.

“So, so why are you talking now? Oh God, I’m losing my mind aren’t I? I’m crazy!” Jason dropped his face into his hands and started rambling.

Chester jumped off the couch and glided over to Jason. He sat at his feet.

“Listen son, I don’t want to make a habit of this…you know the talkin’ business, so let’s get to the point.”

Jason looked up from his hands and stared at Chester.

“Chester why do you sound like you’re from the south?”

Again Chester rolled his eyes. “Are you from New York City? Naw you’re not are you? Don’t assume I’m from here just because you got me here. Remember you ‘rescued me.’ I had a life before you.

Jason stood blankly. “uhhhh…”

“Super, now that we are all situated, we need to chat. I’m only gonna say this once. I like you. I like living here. I kinda enjoy your company. Aw shoot, let’s face it, I can’t wait until you get home. Now, I know you’ve gone and hit a rough spot. But hey, it happens to everyone. I know you lost your girlfriend, but I lost my whole dog-gone family. I know you lost your job, but heck boy, I lost my home. My days of running around the barn in Virginia are long gone. So, how I see it. you got yerself a place to live and your not too dumb for a human. You just let life kick ya down. I’m here to tell ya, get back up son. You lost a job. Go and get yerself a new one. You lost a woman. Well, you know what, I never liked her anyway. She had cat allergies. That should have told you right off, that she wasn’t right for you. Now, go get yerself a good woman. It’s all up to you, but it ain’t coming to you without you getting’ yer butt up off of that couch. Got me?”

Jason’s look of shock had turned to one of intensity. He nodded. “Yeah, yeah, I got it. You’re right Chester. You’re right.”

“Yea, you bet your sweet patooty. Now, can we please stop this nonsense son?”

Jason nodded again. “Yes sir. I mean Chester.”

Chester smiled and stretched his front paws forward while raising his hindquarters. “Aww good, I don’t want to have to do this meow.” Chester rolled over on the couch.

Jason got on his knees and looked into Chester’s eyes. “Chester, I have one more question.”

Chester rolled back over and faced Jason. “meeoowww, meeooww, purrrrr,” was Chester’s response.

Jason took a step back and stared his Cat who had rolled up into a cozy corner of the couch, yawned and closed his eyes for his mid-morning nap.

One week later, Jason threw open the door to his apartment and yelled for Chester. “You did it Chester! You did it! I’ve got another job!” Jason found the cat laying on his bed and started rubbing under his chin and ears. Chester snuggled into Jason’s affections and then whispered, “Now get yerself a woman Son.”

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by: Colette Calapristi Casey
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Well I’ll be damned. I knew something would happen to me but I never, ever in my 25 years of charters did I ever friggin’ expect this. Shark bite, yeah. Fishing hook stuck to my nose or ear: been there, did that. But this, I never would have guessed it.

I got up this morning feeling kind of faded. Wasn’t sure if it was bad whisky from the night before or just caught some bug. Either way, I had to move it or lose it. My charter that is. Got myself a father and son outing to close out the season. Guy wanted to take his kid out for a real special man-to-man day. Maybe catch some bass, a few strippers and if we were lucky a blue. It was already getting’ pretty cold, even though it was like 50 degrees, the high wind chill made it feel like 35 or 40. It was going to be a cold one today on the water, so I wanted to make sure to have some Hot Chocolate for the kid and coffee for me and the dad. Yeah, that was the plan, but that ain’t how it turned out.

I got up, got dressed and headed out for the marina. I’d get an early start, grab a hot cup of Joe and wait for my money day to start.

So, here’s the story. I pull up to the marina, grab a parking spot, hop out of my truck and start headin’ for the ‘Little Debby’, yeah, I like them, a lot and yeah, I named my boat after them. Hey, don’t judge, lots of people like Little Debby’s.

So anyways, I hop up on board and started checking stuff like the coolers, the fridge, stuff for snacks, that kind of stuff. So I see here, that I’m gonna need some Hot Chocolate after all. Maybe I’ll just get some of those single serve packets. A box will do. So, what do I do? I take off to get some.

I’m walking to the mini-mart at the end of the block and start to notice people freakin’ out around me. One guy was in the park doin’ some weight liftin’ and at first I thought he was havin’ a heart attack or something, cause he starts pointing at me and yelling. I look at what he’s liften’ and it’s maybe 25 pound hand weights at best. Couldn’t help but think this guy was a wimp, if he couldn’t handle those.

Once I figured out he wasn’t having a heart attack or something and he was just yellin’ at me for no reason, then I could give a rats ass.

“Cool your jets!” I yells to him, but he keeps screamin’. He didn’t look like no drug addict, but was sure actin’ like he was on somethin’ that’s for sure.

Another crazy thing happened on my way to the mini-mart. This guy in a big Ford pickup crashes into a telephone poll real close to me. I’m beginning to think that somebody put crazy pills in the water around here or something.

So, like I said, I’m headin’ to the mini-mart and I pass this old blind guy with one of them stick things. He’s walkin’ just fine but his dog starts barking at me.

I tell ya, I was beginning to think it might be me. I mean, I got up, grabbed a warm coat and a hat and gloves on account of the weather. Maybe my coat stunk or somethin’, I hadn’t worn it since last fall.

So I started sniffin’ my coat you know? Like the collar, the inside, the pits, but it smelled normal to me. Ok, so maybe a little fishy, but hey it’s what I do right?

The old guy kept walkin’ past me pullin’ that yappy dog. I’m thinkin’ “see ya, don’t want a be ya.”

Finally I tell ya, FINALLY, I get to the market and head in. It was pretty quiet on account of the time, which is good since people been weird today. So, I find my box of Hot Chocolate and go through checkout.

As usual, got one of them Guidettes behind the counter, filing her nails and reading a “People.” I threw a five on the counter, she picked it up, rang it up and handed me my change without so much as a hello, goodbye, nothin’.

So, here I am, hot chocolate, early morning and things are lookin’ good. The trek back wasn’t so bad. I passed the blind guy and his yappy dog, maybe that dog just always yaps. I don’t know.

Passed a couple joggers lookin’ all healthy and stuff. They were talkin’ to each other and not payin’ me any mind. Which was fine.

Once I get back to the boat I toss the box on the counter in the galley and figure its time to use the head.

Everything goes as usual and then I go to wash my hands. I look up and my first thought is, who stole my mirror? There was nothing there. Then I realized I saw my collar, but no neck or head! I reach up to grab my head and all I see in the mirror are my sleeves. I looked away from my mirror then looked back.

Holy, Ke-rap, I was friggin’ invisible!! My heart started poundin’ like a heart attack or somethin’. I bolt up the stairs to the deck and see the kid and his pop comin’ my way.

So, what do I do? The only thing I can do. I strip down to my birthday suit. Yeah, that’s right, naked as a jaybird and freezin’ my tush off. I had to lay low so’s I can get to a doctor or something.

Well, I tell ya, I froze my arss off for over an hour waitin’ for these two to leave. I felt kinda bad, ‘cause they were lookin’ forward to today, but you know, I’ll make it up to ‘em, give ‘em a freebie or somethin’.

So that brings me here. Yeah, I am now a friggin’ science experiment. I’ll say this about this joint though, they treat ya right. Got a good steak, good whiskey, I really can’t complain. Oh yeah, and their coverin’ my bills for now. Turns out me and the “Little Debby” floated through some pretty nasty stuff. Some old chemical dumping ground off the coast that ruptured or somethin’.

The guys here tell me that they couldn’t find my “Little Debby” until they bumped into her. Seems like she’s sufferin’ from the same thing as me. We’re both invisible. She’s in the other room.

So, here I sit, lettin’ these guys figure things out, because hey, its kinda like a paid vacation. For once, somebody shuttles me around and makes sure I got plenty to eat, I’m warm enough and well, taken care of.

I guess it was bound to end up this way. ‘Cause you see, it was me and the ‘Little Debby’ that dumped some of that crap out there about ten years back. It was good money, wasn’t supposed to be anything bad, but I didn’t check. Didn’t care. Money was good.

You could say my ‘slush fund’ turned into a sludge fund. That’s just awesome.


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by: Colette Calapristi Casey
© 2014

She sat softly in the woods
An amber leaf
A golden leaf
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.

The stream was her companion
Moving through time
Sifting and rolling
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.

Her guitar echoed through the trees
Her music lifted her heart
It wafted through the treetops
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.

The ground was cool and painted
With nature’s art
With nature’s time
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.

A note here a note there
Combine to full music
Swirling in ecstasy
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.

She lifted her face to the sun
Another leaf brushed by
Music danced in her ears
And the sunbeams fell through the trees.


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Aurora-Borealis4_2116385bOn the Corner of 7th & Heaven©
by: Colette Calapristi Casey
copyright 2014

Bobby was known to all as the kindly shop owner of one of the most glorious places in the south end neighborhood. His shop was situated perfectly on the corner of 7th and Heaven avenues.

Bobby was a simple man who took pride in the collection of all things magical and mystical. He was a short bit of a man, only about 5’6 with a rotund physique and enormous smile. His voice was soft, his hair was curly and gray. A kind man who was married for a brief few years before his wife passed, with great sadness. Although humble, he did display proudly a recent achievement of being recognized by none other than the Queen. As such, He re-named in recognition of his award, his beloved shop to “Sir Roberts Magnificent Emporium of Mystical and Magical Treasures vs. The Magnificent Emporium of Mystical and Magical Treasures.

Bobby was a man of the world so to speak in that there could be something at anytime from anywhere in the world. In some cases, some particular items aren’t necessarily found anywhere in the world, but in Bobby’s corner of the world at best. But then life in Bobby’s world was anything but expected.

Whether you are in search of a flying carpet, a magical looking glass, or a curiousity that inspires dreams and goals, it can be found at the emporium. It was how he was known, it was how he lived. He lived dancing in the magic of the energy around him. Many talk of his mysterious birth to a kind and loving couple that were never able to have children of their own. One night on the rare occasion the Northern Lights appeared above London leaving the city speechless and inspired. It was from this event, they say that Robert arrived on the ribbons of the Northern Lights.

His childhood was not unlike any other, but he did stand out among the children. If a child was bullied, Robert would take the bully aside, whisper something in his ear and give him a friendly pat on the back as if a mate from birth. In his wake were smiles, laughter and hope. It’s just the way it has always been.

Bobby smiled as he flipped the light to his prestigious “Sir” sign and watched as the snowflakes appeared as falling crystals within its light. It was a lovely night. The best part of Winter in London, England. Snow fell softly on the streets until drifts began to form. His window panes clung tightly to snow coated corners while the warm glow of the shop invited in the curious and the cold.

“Hey mate!” In came Freddie, a long-time friend of Bobby’s before he was a “Sir Robert”

“Hello dear Freddie.” Bobby smiled sweetly. “Getting’ a bit of a chill out there is it?”

“Yeah, yeah it is. You got your meeting tonight? Any fireworks planned?”

Bobby smiled. “Maybe, you never know what will happen.” He said with a wink and a smile.

Every Sunday at approximately half past seven, Bobby played host to a large contingent of neighborhood children and their parents. They came for the ‘Sunday Magic’ presented by Bobby.

Each Sunday Bobby created something spectacular through reading circle, magic tricks or songs. The magic created would be the birth of creativity, a spark of imagination or the doorway to a whole new world of possibilities.

The bell above the door chimed and soon the air was filled with the voices of children and their parents laughing, chatting and quite simply in the process of warming up.

“Welcome Children! Welcome.” Bobby exclaimed. This was the highlight of his week.

A chorus of ‘Bobby! Bobby!’ greeted him.

“Helloo Children! His laugh was gentle, his eyes brilliant. “What you say we start with a story tonight?”

Again a chorus of ‘yes! yes!’

“All right children, gather ‘round now. Parent’s you too.” Bobby waved them into the circle that was forming on the floor where he sat.

Once settled, Bobby began.

“Gather round ye young children for a tale of woe and of glee,
for it is the story of the birth of Magical Mcgee.
McGee was a lad without splendor or shine,
An average child they say born before his time.
His mother was lovely
His father was brave
But their treasure, a child, they were left to crave.
That is my dear friends
Until one winter night
The winds came a howling and the sky lit up bright!
The mother, the father
And their good dog Gibbon
Looked up and they gasped
at the colorful flowing Ribbon.
The light danced in the sky
From hither to yawn
Swirling and flowing
Bringing with it a new dawn
The mother
The father
Looked down in their arms
And lay a fine baby
they would keep safe from harm
They laughed they cried
They thanked heaven above
For this child was theirs
which they promised to love
A child of light
A child of love
Born of pure magic
Gentle as a dove
And now I will tell you
A special surprise
For I have now found
A treat for your eyes
Look closer my loves
And hope you will see
Born on the magic
Of wee little McGee

Bobby took three rubberbands in his hands and locked them together in a circle. He then showed each child the circle.

One explained, “Hey that’s me! I’m a doctor!!”
Another one gasped, “I’m a teacher!”
And yet the youngest, “I’m helping children in Africa!”

The rest of the evening continued on as each child revealed a potential never imagined. The parents were astonished but not surprised, for they knew of Bobby’s way with the world.

And then Bobby did something they didn’t expect. He brought the circle to the parents. As he past it around, each parent gasped and smiled and the look of a hopeful child came over their faces.

One explained, “Can I still do this?”
Another one gasped, “It’s not to late?”
And yet the youngest parent, “I’ll be brave enough?”

Bobby smiled at them all and collapsed the rubberbands back into what they once were.

The evening conversation then pursued with talks of hopes and dreams yet to be filled.

By the end of the night, hugs were exchanged and joy was abundant. Bobby closed up the store and shut off the light and in the moon light snowflakes looked like crystals.

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