Lucky Coin

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Mei Ling held back tears as she walked away from Jason’s place. He had just broken up with her. She was holding the lucky two-dollar coin he had given her on their first Chinese New Year together. She tried to remember what year it was.

“Year of the Ass, most likely,” she muttered as she threw the coin into the planter sitting outside a restaurant. She walked on, not noticing the old woman hovering in the doorway.

Two weeks later, Mei Ling was passing by the same restaurant when the old woman stepped outside. It was Chow, an old friend of her mother’s.

“Mei Ling,” she said. “You threw away coin. I took coin, buy lottery ticket.” She handed Mei Ling the ticket. “You won many millions.”

Mei Ling was stunned. “But it’s yours, Chow. You bought it!”

“Huh, Chow old lady, no children. What me do with it? Your mother my good friend. Money for you.” She smiled. “You no need that man you call Ass.”

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Squirrel’s Nest

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Photo credit: Shivangi Singh

The squirrel sat helplessly on the balcony, watching the men take away her tree. Panic shot through her and she began running back and forth on the balcony, screaming and chirping.

Down below, the crew was about to begin cutting up the fallen pine tree when they heard the relentless cries. They looked up and noticed the squirrel running back and forth.

“I think it’s stuck up there,” Alex said.

Dean examined the tree. “There’s a nest in here, with a couple of babies!”

“That’s strange,” said Alex. “They usually nest in hardwood trees, and there are no pinecones in this one to attract them.”

“Regardless, we’ve got to get that squirrel down and back to her babies.”

The crewmen gathered around the fallen tree and together managed to hoist it close to the balcony, allowing the squirrel to jump back into her nest.

“What now?” asked Alex. The others shrugged.

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