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  • FAT PEOPLE ARE HARDER TO KIDNAP - She found the sign taped to the back of her office chair. Like most of the people in her life, Marsha’s office mate was getting on her about her weight. She'd left the sign there in spite. She slammed shut her office door and jerked open the sticky drawer of her dented metal desk.

    She rummaged around and found two 100 calorie bags of Cheeze Itz® from the stash in her bottom drawer, beneath her spare sweatshirt and folded-up Totes umbrella. The desk was a relic from the days when this community college where she taught English had been a real university with prestige and a notable faculty. She tore open the packet and poured it straight into her mouth, choking on the salty, cheesy powder as it hit the back of her throat. She washed down the first pack with most of a caramel macchiato she’d scored at the Starbuck’s® on campus. Polishing off the second bag in two mouthfuls, she looked up and noticed the W.W. on the calendar square for today.

    "Damn." Quickly finishing her snack, she slurped the rest of her coffee drink through the straw and licked the whipped cream from inside the domed cover. She jackknifed two pieces of sugarless gum from the pile she kept on her desk amid the red pens and paper clips and brushed away the crumbs from the crest of her bosom where everything always landed. Chewing the minty sticks, she grabbed her weigh-in booklet and went off to her on-campus Weight Watchers meeting.

    "Based on a true story." Thank you Blick.
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