The Master Thief of Japan

A man was known as a master thief in Japan; he was well-known, famous, all over the country. And, of course, he was a master thief so nobody had ever been able to catch hold of him. He was never caught red-handed — although everybody knew that he was the one who had stolen — even from the treasury of the king he had been stealing. And he was always leaving marks of his so everybody would know who had been there.

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The Lottery

The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so …

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The Fly

Y’are very snug in here,’ piped old Mr Woodifield, and he peered out of the great, green leather armchair by his friend the boss’s desk as a baby peers out of its pram. His talk was over; it was time for him to be off.

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Road Trip

The white Holden slowly crawled north on State Highway one. “When are they going to do something about this road?” said Catherine. “It’s almost lunchtime. Shall we stop soon?” John took his eyes briefly from the road to look towards the back of the car. It was littered with crumbs. The two children dozed quietly …

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The Black Out

Two months ago I found my father laying dead on his bathroom floor. When the police arrived they found what they believed to be the murder weapon. The screw driver was laying on the counter, the same one I gave my father for Christmas two years ago. The investigation didn’t go any further because they …

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