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Oct 15, 2023·edited Oct 15, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

Say Ahhhh! Great little tale, Bill. Those candies we bought at those little stores, take a paper bag, hand over a few Pennies, leave with a bag full of candy... the 80s :)

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Oct 16, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

Haha! I feel that same way about my passwords--clever little windows into my soul, wasted. Great little story! I'm a sucker for time travel :)

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Oct 16, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

A really fun read. I think I know what inspired this! 😉 Needed some Candy Corn thrown in for good measure! As a kid we used to absolutely clean up with the trick or treating in my neighborhood. Sacks teeming with delicious treats. The only ‘trick’ was hiding the bounty from my Dad! I seriously had to hide it when I got home and I remember being in tears multiple years when he’d get into it and eat large quantities of my hard-earned cavity-makers. Great (bad) memories!

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Haven’t we all contemplated what we would do differently if we had a “do over” and could be a kid again?

Who knew candy cold be a time portal? Hmmm. 🤣

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Not everything is as sweet as we think it is in childhood!

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Absolutely love this, Bill. The memories woven into the imaginings. You really get to know him well with just a few cleverly woven background notes.

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Yeah. We had one in Canada until the Americans and Britons took over our confectioners by force.

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Oct 15, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

I only know of some of the candies. I am not much of a Halloween person since I didn't grow up here. Feels like the work and candy are intertwined in Peter's life. It's not worth it! Poor dude!

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Oct 15, 2023Liked by Bill Adler

Lickimaids - hadn't thought of those in a lifetime! Imaginative and entertaining, as always. Suddenly, I'm thinking about Tootsie Pops and Sugar Babies (which I loved).

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Most of those candies I have never heard of before- they obviously are not sold here in Canada, at least, because I never see them in the shops.

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I felt so bad for Peter. I wanted to tell him, whatever he was chasing wasn't worth giving up everything he held dear. For a moment I thought he'd escaped, could make another try. But I must say, I was a bit confused at the end. Was the whole thing a dream under the anaesthetic? Was it his childhood dentist or current dentist?

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