Mixed Doubles

by John Schoneboom

Nice Julian arrived on the beautiful little island with nothing more than a sharpened pencil and a dream. He took a local bus to the cabin where he'd be staying and cautiously entered. But which Helen would be there?

"Hello!" said Helen, seeming somehow quite real while seeming to shimmer out of a nearby mirror. "So lovely to meet you."

She looked him over and wondered whether he was good or evil. Probably good, she decided, but resolved not to believe too strongly just yet.

Julian found Helen to be a most appealing character. Could she be real?

Just as he was about to head down the path of Olympic-quality personal relations, things changed. Helen's very genuineness forced him to re-evaluate his own integrity.

Ultimately, he paddled out into the surf and over the horizon in search of new islands and less genuine Helens or more genuine Julians.
Nice Julian arrived on the beautiful little island with nothing more than a sharpened pencil and a dream. He took a local bus to the cabin where he'd be staying and cautiously entered. But which Helen would be there?

"Hello!" said Helen, seeming somehow quite real while seeming to shimmer out of a nearby mirror. "So lovely to meet you."

She looked him over and wondered whether he was good or evil. Probably good, she decided, but resolved not to believe too strongly just yet.

Julian found Helen to be a most appealing character. Could she be real?

Just as he was about to head down the path of Olympic-quality personal relations, things changed. Helen's very genuineness forced him to re-evaluate his own integrity.

Ultimately, he paddled out into the surf and over the horizon in search of new islands and less genuine Helens or more genuine Julians.
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