Somewhere Outside the Capitol 

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Phyllis always cried in the shower.

She had six children: Thomas (19), Richard (18), Weezie (17), Rebecca (16), Slate (15) and Jack (6 weeks).

Her husband, Daniel, was in the CIA.

They never spent any time together (cross-dressing, golf).

"I bought this for you at a flea market in Ghana," Daniel said, handing Phyllis the sculpture.

"It's beautiful. Would you like any eggs?"

"No thank you. My stomach is still on London time."

"Okay, well I am going to go take a shower."

"I thought you just took one."

"I did."

Charles Hodges, 24, is a copywriting grad student at the VCU Brandcenter. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in May 2007, with a degree in English and economics and a minor in creative writing. With a desire to write for TV, he interned with Conan O'Brian in New York, but soon lost the romance with the thought of writing jokes for someone else to perform. This summer Hodges is contemplating the pursuit of stand-up comedy and freelance journalism.

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