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&&¨¨&&&&&¨         COLD BOILING ASPHALT AND         &&¨¨¨¨&&¨¨
¨&¨&¨¨¨¨&¨        CRIMSON EMERGENCY FLARES...       ¨&¨¨¨&¨&¨&
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¨&¨¨&&&&&¨  YEARNING. A MEMORY OF BEING TOUCHED BY  &&&&&&¨&&¨
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&¨&&¨&¨&¨¨  FEW BRIGHT AND COLORFUL ANOMALIES. AND  ¨¨&¨¨&¨¨&¨
&&¨&&&&&¨&           A PROMISE FOR MORE.            ¨&&¨&&¨&&&
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¨&&&&&¨&&¨  A FEATHER BOA WRAPPED AROUND A VELVET   &&¨&¨&&&&¨
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&¨¨&&&¨¨&¨    BEGGING ME TO SINK BACK DOWN AND BE   &¨¨&&¨&¨¨¨
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¨¨¨¨&&&¨&&  BUT I CANNOT GO. THE CONSEQUENCES WOULD &&¨&&¨¨&¨¨
¨¨¨&¨¨&&¨¨  BE TOO LARGE. ESPECIALLY SINCE I'M IN   ¨&&¨&¨&&¨¨
¨¨&&¨&¨&¨¨    THE WORK MILL AND THEY'VE GOT THEIR   &¨&&&&¨&¨¨
¨&¨&&&&&¨¨   EYES ON ME ALREADY. THE FEELING WILL   &&¨¨¨&&&¨¨
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¨¨&¨¨¨&&&&       UNDERSTAND. LIKE EVERY DAY.        &&¨&&¨&&¨&
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