The Haunted Traveler May 2017 Edition

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After a brief hiatus, The Haunted Traveler is back to bring you some of the best horror out there. Open up and tread with caution, the next scare is just a page flip away.

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Where There’s Smoke

Kristi Petersen Schoonover

The fire in our factory was an accident.

I was enjoying my last cigarette before the end of the

twelve-hour work day. Smoking was against policy on

the floor, but many of the foremen did it frequently; we

blew smoke through our lapels so we were less obvious.

Charmed into complacency by the fireproof status

of our building, we were confident in the metal cistern

beneath the Greene Street window.

My girls were bent before their dimly-lit stations,

feeding the sewing machines, aiming for my required

number of shirtwaists per hour. Rosa was my newest

charge. She was young, bright, and nimble; never had

she broken a needle, and never had I docked her for

mistakes. Also, never could I say no, for she had the

most amenable smile, and the most endearing birth-

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