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Paper Topic:

Creative writing

THE FAMILIAR

The sun filters in through the leaves of the trees . The midday sun casts dancing shadows over the well-worn table-top . The tables are set for lunch guests - napkins , ashtray , salt and pepper shakers , and toothpicks all indicate that the table is ready for a guest . The floor is cleanly swept and all the furniture carefully arranged to create a pleasant and inviting atmosphere

Two new picture frames lean against the wall - one of a dancing woman and the other a blank wooden backing . Soon these new images will join

the walls already decorated with art . A local artist uses the wall space to display his abstract paintings . The room is filled with blues oranges , yellows , and reds . The colors seem to practically illuminate the room . Behind the computers are pictures from the sea - both pictures depicting dolphins and underwater diving adventures

The computers are ready for use . Three armed sentinels standing in a row . There is a motorcycle helmet next to one , with a set of keys Next to the second is a half-empty water glass . The chairs are empty and the screens are poised in the middle of email composition . The door to the office stands open , and the regular attendant sits in the chair He is engrossed in something on the screen , probably a game that he 's been playing , probably not a news article

The restaurant staff are all huddling around the hostess stand Occasionally , one will venture out and wipe an empty table . There is very little noise today , and aside from one group sitting at two tables pushed together , there is no one else eating . The group looks like it is here for business , each person has a set of s out before them and the discussion seems led . Everyone is calm and organized

The scent of pizza drifts into the air . The wood fire stove at the back has been fired up , and the scent of cheese and wood fills the air Glasses clink together in the background as the dishwashers keep busy

THE UNFAMILIAR

The place is silent . There are computers , but no sounds of keys being pushed . There is staff , but they are not chit-chatting or engaging in conversation . Even the large group talking in low tones , when talking at all . Ah , a distant clink of water glasses . Someone must be active in the kitchen

Despite the sun streaming through the windows , the place has an ethereal light . The walls are adorned with bizarre paintings - no forms can be discerned and the colors are garish . They are all done in primary colors and seem to be uncontrolled expressions of lines and colors with no coherent overall theme . The way the paintings are spaced along the walls adds to the social displacement . An empty picture frame along the wall begs to be filled , to become the link between the abstract art and underwater scenes adorning the walls

The computer terminals only hint at human existence . There is an abandoned motorcycle...

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