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Pine Street Episode 91

The first customer that morning, the one Kassandra smiled and welcomed even though he arrived half a minute before the coffee shop truly opened, was a tall, angular young man she did not recall serving before. 377 more words

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Pine Street Episode 90

Kassandra greeted her coffee shop co-worker with a smile and wave, shaking herself back to the present moment. Winter had begun, the conversation with her parents about her future receded into the past, and she focused on the tasks that would earn her money for rent and tuition. 321 more words

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Pine Street Scene 89

After Kassandra parted ways from Franny and Precious, sending them further on their walk, she ducked in the back door of the coffee shop. Kassandra loved being the first one there, loved the last few moments of quiet before her coworkers and the customers created their happy whirl of activity and noise. 378 more words

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Pine Street Episode 88

Some years, fall drifts gently into winter. Skies darken earlier each evening, temperatures cool, and the first frosty morning gathers the attention, and mild grief, of gardeners. 441 more words

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Pine Street Scene 87

Allison listened to Leo’s explanation when he called to say he’d miss dinner. A clogged drain at a friend’s place, or something like that, and she reassured him she had plenty to eat on her own. 392 more words

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Pine Street Episode 86

Although Leo had a hot plate, crock pot, and microwave in his basement apartment, more often than not he ate dinner upstairs with Allison. She was becoming an excellent cook in her own right, and Leo loved whipping up large, substantial, and highly spiced meals. 416 more words

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Pine Street Episode 85

This was not how they’d planned it. Douglas’s PSA test had come back showing advanced prostate cancer, a concerning but not terrifying diagnosis, given the high rates of recovery with good treatment. 398 more words

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