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The Only Way Is Up

They were five.

Fighting their way up cold, steep slopes in snow up to their knees. Praying for the top to be close.

The wind tried countless times to punish them and send them back down. The mountain tried to swallow some of them eight times. Three ledges gave way and attempted to send them crashing into sharp rocks down below.

Nature seemed to warn them repeatedly how much inadvisable it was for them to go up there.

But they were five.

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When the Old Man Speaks

Old American classic

His presentation was over. James quietly walked to his seat satisfied.

On the way, he exchanged an exploding fist bump with Clive. Bob, one row down, gave him a high five. Little J, two rows down, just pointed a congratulatory index finger.

Mrs Thompson, the middle-aged teacher watched them from her seat in the corner of the class. Before today, she was quite sure she had seen everything that could occur in classroom. She couldn’t hide her surprise.