Monday, December 12, 2005

v4n2: Change of Life

The last crimson leaf fell from the stick-of-a-plant, then Doris took the whistling pot off the stove and poured herself a cup of steaming oolong. "It's a sign," she whispered, gazing hopefully through the kitchen window.

She took a long, thoughtful sip of her tea, and, noting the small pile of leaves near the base of the tree, began to remove her clothing. Unhooking her brassiere, she let the last of her vestments fall to the floor, then turned around to face her family, assembled at the breakfast table.

"I am going to become a nudist," she announced.

Her husband, the banker, was horrified.

— Ender

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