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Microfiction: Cooking and Cleaning

Six-Word Story: "Somebody's cooking downstairs. They'll be delicious."


Two Sentence Story: "We the people that are left of the United States, in order to form a more healthy Union, establish these cleansing zones. May God forgive us for what were are about to do."

Author's Note: Yay Microfictions again! I don't really think that I'm very good at writing these. Most of them just feel kind of unoriginal when I compare them to other microfictions. But, I enjoy writing them all the same! Honestly, I find that the six-word stories are the hardest and that the two-sentence stories are probably the easiest of all of our options. When it came to these two stories, the first was partially inspired by all the time I've spent in the kitchen recently. Both stories were also inspired by the unnecessarily high amount of Fallout 4 I've been playing as well. I hope you enjoyed these and feel free to comment on criticisms or thoughts below!
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"We have a problem."
Raven looked up to see Man approaching him from across the sandy beach. Raven had been relaxing, content after the creation of so many beings. But here came Man, apparently with a problem.
How can there be a problem? Thought Raven. 
I only just created life on this planet. It should all be perfect. At least for now.
Man sat down beside Raven and sighed deeply. 
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"An issue? How could this be? I made everything perfectly!" Raven replied.
"Yes," Man responded. "All of the creatures that you intentionally created are perfect. But..."
Raven immediately grasped his meaning. Of all of his creations, only one had been accidental.
"My friend," Raven said. "What misfortune befalls you? What issue has reared its head to afflict mankind?"
"Come," said Man. "Follow me to the village and I will show you.…

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Week 9 Story: The Dreams of Sun Wu Kung

Asleep.

I've been asleep for so long.

Years?

Decades?

Centuries?

I cannot tell.

What else can I do trapped beneath a mountain?

I sleep. And I dream.

I dream of my life before this imprisonment.

I dream of the day that I emerged from a stone, high atop the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits.

I dream of the simple life that I had among my ape brethren. Of the days of joy before they made me their king.

I remember the day that I became the King of the Monkeys. I remember the great waterfall and the secret cavern behind it.

I wish I knew back then where my ambition would lead me.

Most often I dream about immortality. I dream of the fateful day when I decided that I would not be constrained by the mortality of a living being.

I remember it clearly. Too clearly. It always brings me pain.

I remember how, on that day, I witnessed the deaths of my friends for the first time. I saw the pain and misery on their families' faces. That day I made a vow to become immortal. And what pain and mise…