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The challenge is to write a complete story in exactly 81 words.
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Why 81? It’s just long enough to allow for a story to develop but short enough to mean every single word needs thoughtful weighing. Mostly though it’s just a nice number, ask a mathematician.

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Blind Jealousy

“That man is staring at you,” I told my pretty wife.
We were having cocktails in a dimly lit lounge.
“What man?”
“The man across the room.”
She looked. He was gawking.
“Stop being so jealous honey…”
“I’ll put a stop to it.”
“John, no,” she grinned as I stormed off.
He got up at the same time and started towards me. What gall, I was thinking–until I got closer.
There was a long mirror over there. The man was me.

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Blind Jealousy
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