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WITH ONE WHEEL GONE WRONG FULL STORY

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With One Wheel Gone Wrong

With one wheel gone wrong, she careens into
the checkout line. A perfect shopper, she prides
herself on sailing the circulars, clipping
coupons, buying in bulk. Her basket is
overflowing with catnip and kitty litter, Pull -Ups
and pomegranates—plenty of all. She takes a
magazine out of the rack; there’s a spot to
scratch, an offer she can’t resist—”Got an itch
you can’t identify, don’t know what you want,
let this be your moment.” The background
photo is of a beautiful house with everything
just as you would want it to be—untouched by
reality. She scratches; her finger is quickly
coated with gold powder and under that is
something a little sticky—tugging at her. It is as
though she is being pulled into the magazine. A
sudden burst of light, an explosion of
inspiration, a fleeting illumination, and she is
inside the picture and it is clear—this is her
house, this is who she is, the life she is
supposed to live.
It is incredible—she’s seeing not only the future
but the pathway there—and it’s a new kind of
floor tile—you just put one foot in front of the
other, don’t stop, and watch where you’re
going. And then, as though in a faraway dream,
she hears the scanner beeping, she hears the
checker say, “Are you taking that magazine?”
Drawing a deep breath, she pulls herself back
into the checkout line. She takes every copy of
the magazine out of the rack. “I’ll take all
you’ve got,” she says.
“Paper or plastic?”
 

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