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April 2014

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Checkmate
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Malaita: Confession Time
By Wes Parish

Panic & Death
By Jason Barney

Beer Gut
by Michael Schaper

Under Attack
by David Scholes

Room For All?
by Ed Errington

Fifty Worders

No More Than Fifty Words

By Ed Errington

Disciplined to write prose using exactly fifty-words, the ancient wordsmith casts the world's greatest stories into one single work.
It raises questions but gives no answers regarding the true meaning of life.
Then in an inspired moment, he realizes the clue lay in the fifty-first word. And that word is

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Take Me Literally

By Kathryn Flaherty

The Kingdom had been saved. Sir Hildmein was ready to claim his reward. The Princess's hand was his. She approached as a golden vision, his heart's desire. He reached out and she placed her hand in his. Then she walked away waving her bloody stump at the cheering crowd.

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Mappa Mundi in Jean Mansel's
"La Fleur des Histoires"

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