The world was a much better place when you could get licorice. Well, maybe it wasn’t better, but at least you could get licorice. Not that red stuff, either, or the blue or green or pink or yellow. Banana licorice? Watermelon licorice? Fruity berry licorice? I asked the lady behind the counter if they had any licorice. Sure, and she pointed to the red, blue, green, pink and yellow. No, I mean real licorice, black licorice. They have black licorice? What flavor is it? Licorice, I said. Licorice is a flavor? Well, it was.

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