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.........^ THEY TELL ME:  "WE ARE  GOING TO  SHRINK ^.........
........^~ YOU."  I DON'T  QUITE  LIKE THE TONE  IN ~^........
.......^~\ THEIR VOICES, LIKE THEY ARE  RESTRAINING \~^.......
......^~\% THEMSELVES.  THERE  IS A  HUNGER IN THEM %\~^......
.....^~\%£ AND IT  WANTS  ME  TO SHRINK.  AND  WHAT £%\~^.....
....^~\%£@ REALLY  IRKS  ME   IS  THAT   SO  DO  I. @£%\~^....
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..^~\%£@@@ THEY  GIVE  ME  WRISTBANDS AND  ANKLETS, @@@£%\~^..
.^~\%£@@@# MADE   OF   SOME  STRANGE  STONE.  THEIR #@@@£%\~^.
..^~\%£@@@      SURFACE IS SWIRLING, LIKE DARK      @@@£%\~^..
...^~\%£@@   THUNDERSTORMS TRAPPED IN GLASS, LIKE   @@£%\~^...
....^~\%£@ WINDOWS  INTO  A SMALLER WORLD, CLOSE TO @£%\~^....
.....^~\%£ MY  BODY SO  THAT  IT  CAN  SEE  CLEARLY £%\~^.....
......^~\%             WHATS IN STORE.              %\~^......
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........^~ THEY GIVE ME FOOD: PRAWN-LIKE  BUGS THAT ~^........
.........^ MAKE  MY TONGUE CURL  WITH SATISFACTION. ^.........
.......... "OUT OF  THIS WORLD", I THINK, HAVING NO ..........
.......... FRAME  OF REFERENCE. I EAT ONLY TWO, BUT ..........
..........      THE BUGS LEAVE ME SUSPICIOUSLY      ..........
..........                SATISFIED.                ..........
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.......... THEY  MEASURE MY CLOTHES. "YOU ARE GOING ..........
.......... TO  BECOME ABOUT HALF AS BIG", THEY TELL ..........
.........^  ME, BARELY CONTROLLING THEMSELVES WITH  ^.........
........^~              ANTICIPATION.               ~^........
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