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Don’t Lose Your Head: When you leave for a trip, who knows you’re gone from your house? Family and friends, sure. Neighbors, perhaps.

So does the chauffeur who drove you to the airport. Alan Tinsley takes advantage of working for a car service to know when clients will be away from their houses for several nights. Some houses are easier, since they don’t have a security system — and these houses are on his list for a night visit to steal valuables.

The Resnick house has been on Alan’s list for a while, and now it will be empty for a few nights, since Mr. and Mrs. Resnick are spending a long weekend in Chicago.

But is the house really empty? Alan’s about to find out what it’s like to not be alone in the house, his car, his apartment, and his head. And with another person in the house, hat will Alan do to avoid the police being called about him breaking in?

You have until the end of Sunday to scoop this up for free — you don’t even have to wear a costume and say, “Trick or treat.” I hope you enjoy the story.

50 Stories + 50 Poems = 1 Book

50 Stories + 50 Poems = 1 Book: Here, you will find short stories and poems about a wide variety of scenes: a minotaur pounds at the front door … a tiger is happy to find you in a locked apartment … Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve the mystery of a missing blue diamond necklace … a young girl stops the king’s rolling crown … Calvin imagines what he may need at the end of the world … Felix and his dog find an alien scope hidden in the weeds of a park, and it looks back at them … an apple fritter cleverly evades being hunted down … and much more.

The stories range in size, from 113 words of “Alphabet Books” to 1,746 words in “Long Grass.” The poems, too, range from very short — just 33 words in “Over easy” — to 318 “Ham sandwich hamlet” (a slightly unusual take on Hamlet’s famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy). Alas, no epic poem of “Beowulf” proportions is included in the mix. Overall, this collection comprises more than 32,700 words.

Some stories are about relationships, with the strength and caring that comes from spending years together. And some are about relationships breaking up. There are characters wanting to move on and get a fresh start in life, but have worries about the future. There are characters questioning things that unnerve them. There are characters trying to sort out puzzles. There are thieves, and there are others who deal with items being stolen.

Many possibilities of scenes and characters are explored in these 100 pieces, and they’re offered as suggestions — as ideas where you could imagine a larger story taking off from the ending found here.