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.§#,..#§£, FORESTS  AROUND MY CHILDHOOD HOME. THICK #¨§£¨..,¨#
,£&¤,¨#.#£ PINE   ARCADES  THAT  WERE  PLANTED  AND ¨¨§&&,¨¨¨¨
.&,&£.,,&&       FORGOTTEN. WILD BOARS ROAMING      ¨.¤,§#¨.¨¨
,.,&#§¨,§. UNDERNEATH, AT  THE GROUND SO DARK AFTER §,,,¤@£,¨,
,..@.@#¨.. THE  CANOPY  HAS  STOLEN  ALL  THE  SUN. ,£¨.&.#§,,
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,,,,.#.¤¤. HOWEVER, THERE'S  A  RIVER  PASSING  BY, ,,,#,¨#.¤§
#¨.,,¨¨¤@& FROM  EAST TO WEST, GETTING BROADER  AND §.¨¨#,.¨¤#
§@¨¨¨.¨#¨@ DEEPER   AND   SLOWER    AS   IT   GOES. ¨¤,.,¤,,&,
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.¨§¨&@.,.¨ THE RIVERBANKS  REEK OF  MAGIC.  TONIGHT ¨¨.,¨&,,¨§
¤..,#@@.,, THEY HAD  BEEN  A SWAMPWORLD WITH SYLVAN ¨.,¨..£,,.
,§¨¨@¨@§.¨ WATER, STONE  RINGS  AND  FLOATING MOSS. .,...,¨¤..
¨¨§,¨,§¤&¨ YOU  COULD'VE  FOUND ME WALLOWING AROUND #....,.,@,
.¨¨#¨¨£¨¤£ ON  THE  SOUTHERN  SHORES  UNTIL  I  GOT .§,.¨,,.,§
#,,.¤.¨.@@                  BITTEN.                 ¨¨£¨..,¨.,
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¨¨£¨¨¨£¨,. BUT  NOW  I'M  FURTHER  BACK,  ON  SOLID .,,,&¨.¨..
,..&...§¨¨ GROUND, IN SHOULDER HIGH GRASS, WITH  AN ¨,¨¨.£¨¨¨¨
.¨¨,&.¨.¤¨ ORANGE  TIN   RADIO  AND  A  TRANSLUCENT .¨.¨..@,.¨
.,.¨¨#,..£      UMBRELLA WHICH I'M SITTING ON.      .¨.¨..¨#.,
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,§¨..¨¨,.£ SOMETHINGS  MOVING  IN THE  GRASS.  IT'S ,¨¨,¨,...¨
¨¨£...¨¨¨, INVISIBLE TO MY EYES BUT  I CAN FEEL HOW ,¨¨.,.¨,.,
¨,.£..¨¨..               LARGE IT IS.               ,¨¨,,,,,.¨
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¨,.,.@,,,¨ THE GROUND  IS MUDDY. I SLIP WHEN TRYING @.¨¨.,..,.
.,,.¨¨@,¨¨ TO   GET   UP,  STILL  LOOKING   AT  THE §§¨,,¨¨..,
,.¨,,,.§¨¨ DIRECTION OF SOUND  RATHER AT  MY HANDS, @££¨,..¨,.
.,.¨¨,¨.¤. WHO  ARE PUTTING THINGS IN  MY  POCKETS. ¤.§§¨,¨,¨¨
...¨...,.#                                          ¨,@@#,¨,¨,
¨.¨¨,.,¨,. THEN   I   RUN  EAST  TOWARD   MY  HOME. .¨§.££.¨.,
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,¨,,.¨..¨. I  AM NOT FOLLOWED. I  SLOW DOWN  IN THE §@,,.¨£¨&#
§,,¨¨,¨¨.. CLEARING  WHERE  YOU AT  FIRST  SEE  THE ,£§.¨.¨.¤§
@@,¨,¨¨.,, HOUSE, NOT  YET REALLY IN  THE BACKYARD. ,#§@¨¨,,§,
&&#,¨¨¨¨.. FROM  MY  POCKETS  I  RETRIEVE MY  RADIO .¤,&#..¨,,
&.##¨¨,¨,, (NOW  DENTED)  BUT  ALSO  A  SMALL  CLAY ,¨.@##.,¨¨
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.¨¨.§&¤.,, IT'S  A STATUETTE OF A GIRL LAYING NAKED &£¤,¨@.§¤.
,..¨@¨¤¤.¨ ON HER STOMACH, FEET  IN  THE  AIR. IT'S §,@§¨.¨@@¤
&.,,,.&&¤. FRESHLY  MADE, NOT YET COMPLETELY DRIED. ¨,§¤#¨¨#,§
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,§§.,,.,¤§ MY MOM IS HERE NOW. I  ASK HER FOR  SOME §¨¨.&§§..#
¨¤#§.¨..§¨ PARTICLE  BOARD FOR  IT TO DRY  ON,  BUT ¤&.,£.§#.,
¨#.&§..,¨. SHE  WANTS   ME  TO   THROW   IT   AWAY. .@@,¨.§§#¨
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