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Death by deadline

The room looks foggy. The lights are flickering between fluorescent white and dimmer yellow to the tune of crackling electricity. Or are they? All I can hear is my heartbeat. Pounding. I blink. It’s like sandpaper is underneath my eyelids. My fingers move at inhuman speed over the keyboard, flitting intuitively between the letters, a…

I don’t want a comfortable bed

I don’t normally have a problem waking up early — 10 years in the Navy have probably ruined my sleep cycles forever. But one day, after I’d snuggled in my covers a little too long, I walked into a fully packed, early morning math class and found myself sitting cross-legged on the floor awkwardly trying…