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Million Dollar Mustard

By Curtis C. Chen
Nov 24, 2020 · 2,423 words · 9 minutes

Photo by Bree Anne via Unsplash.

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“I’ll give you a million dollars for that jar of Fweran mustard.”

The man standing in the doorway of the kitchen was tall and burly, everything one would expect a career military officer to be. Especially one who had risen in the ranks under the current administration.

“Sorry,” I said, keeping one hand on the now-open jar as I turned to face the man. “My wife would kill me. And I suspect you don’t actually have the cash on you.”

The man chuckled. He probably meant it as a friendly gesture,...

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