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Syllabus in hand. Eyes darting the room like a cornered animal.

Initial class writing task alert: "I can't f*#@ing do this!"

Flash—recent events of a fatal community shooting.  Replay—same campus, two dozen piercing eyes begging me: Act smartly. Invitation—"Will you step outside with me please?" without breaking stride willing her to follow. Mumbled compliance.   

She lived a semester in that moment; I a few lifetimes.

—Diane Drury

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Editor's note: Dust Devils are reader-submitted fictional stories, 70 words exactly, that reflect on our Tucson life and times. Send your 70-word stories and, if selected, we'll print them in the Tucson Weekly: mari@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Looking forward to what you create, Tucson.

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