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Short Story
Literal Latte, volume 4, number 5, July/August 1998
THE OPEN DOOR by Paul L. Bates               As always, the inspector arrives just before I prepare my evening meal.  With an understanding smile and a quiet demeanor, he begins by berating me gently for having once again left it open.             And as always, I smile back and chatter as amiably as he about the many nothings that make up my life until he flies...