Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.—Sue Lin Chong, Washington, DC
His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.—Chuck Smith, Woodbridge, VA
He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a Guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.—Joseph Romm, Washington, DC
She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up when everyone banged the door open again.—Rich Murphy, Fairfax Station, VA
McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.—Paul Sabourin, Silver Spring, MD
Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.—Chuck Smith, Woodbridge, VA
He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.—Jack Bross, Chevy Chase, MD
The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease. —Gary F. Hevel, Silver Spring, MD
Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. travelling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.—Jennifer Hart, Arlington, VA
The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr.. on a Dr Pepper can.—Wayne Goode, Madison, AL
They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.— Paul Kocak, Syracuse NY
He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.— Brian Broadus, Charlottesville, VA
The door had been forced, as forced as the dialogue during the interview portion of "Jeopardy! "— Jean Sorensen, Herndon, VA
Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.— Jerry Pannullo, Kensington, MD
The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.—Malcolm Fleschner, Arlington, VA
"Oh, Jason, take me! " she panted, her breasts heaving like a college
freshman on $1-a-beer night.
—Bonnie Speary Devore, Gaithersburg, MD
She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.—Susan Reese, Arlington
It came down the stairs looking very much like something no one had ever seen before.— Marian Carlsson, Lexington, VA
The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.— Jennifer Hart, Arlington, VA
The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM.—Paul J. Kocak, Syracuse, NY
It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.—Brian Broadus, Charlottesville, VA
She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature beef.—Brian Broadus, Charlottesville, VA
It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.—Brian Broadus, Charlottesville, VA
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This story was published on September 4, 2002.