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Compassion for others. Conversation with a lost love. A friend’s new romance. Life continues on.

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Interspersed with piñon pine and juniper, the leaves of cottonwood trees along Badger Creek were starting to turn yellow and gold. With late summer showers, the land had become a mosaic of white, yellow and purple wildflowers that would soon fade as cooler temperatures accompanied shorter days.




Fictitious is a publication featuring short story fiction (and a few non-fiction articles) by published authors. For the most part, we make stuff up. But there are always exceptions.

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Michael E McLean

Michael E McLean

The less traveled, often lonely, back roads of the West offer intimate access to the land, its people, and their stories. Come explore the roads less traveled.

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