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.¨,.=^*&@@ forests around my  childhood home. thick @@&*^=.,¨.
.,,-/†¤### pine  arcades   that  were  planted  and ###¤†/-,,.
¨~-^%§@@##      forgotten. wild boars roaming       ##@@§%^-~¨
¨¨:-†^##@# underneath,  sniffing  at the ground. it #@##^†-:¨¨
¨...»^%@## is  dark and  moist,  the canopy  having ##@%^»...¨
¨.,¨.~†%@@ already   soaked   up   all   the   sun. @@%†~.¨,.¨
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.¨,¨..~«\^ there's a  river passing by,  from  east ^\«~..¨,¨.
,.¨..¨,-«/ to  west, getting broader and deeper and /«-,¨..¨.,
,,,¨,¨^-^† slower as it  goes. equisetum grow  just †^-^¨,¨,,,
..¨,.-~:†& where  the  pine  hands   start  to  let &†:~-.,¨..
,¨.,.»;%§@ through  light,  horsemint on the  rocky @§%;».,.¨,
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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 $;~,.,.,,.
¨,..¨,¨.=^ on  the  southern  shores  until  i  got ^=.¨,¨..,¨
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....~=:†£@ but  now  i'm  further  back,  on  solid @£†:=~....
.,¨~»^=§@# ground, in  shoulder-high grass, with an #@§=^»~¨,.
..~»^%@#@# orange  tin  radio   and  a  translucent #@#@%^»~..
..~^$£¶@##      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 *\«,.¨¨.,,
¨.¨,..,.«* through the ground just how large it is. *«.,..,¨.¨
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¨¨¨,.^»/*§ the  soil is  muddy. i slip when  trying §*/»^.,¨¨¨
¨,¨¨.~*§#@ to  get  up,  still   looking   at   the @#§*~.¨¨,¨
¨..-~^^£@# direction of  sound  rather  than  at my #@£^^~-..¨
,,,«/§¤£## hands, who  are  busy  putting things in ##£¤§/«,,,
.:~/^&@@##               my pockets.                ##@@&^/~:.
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,..,»:*£@@ then  i   run  east  toward   my   home. @@£*:»,..,
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,.,¨,.,.»* i am not followed, and slow down in  the *».,.,¨,.,
..¨...-»;* clearing  where  you at  first  can spot *;»-...¨..
¨.¨.¨.»:†# the  house,   not  yet  really  in   the #†:».¨.¨.¨
,.,,.=\%£@ backyard. from  my pockets i retrieve my @£%\=.,,.,
,.,,»^§¤#@ radio (now  dented)  but  also  a  small @#¤§^»,,.,
.¨,~=*£¶## clay  figure  i've never seen before. it ##¶£*=~,¨.
.~-/%£@@## must  have been laying in  the wet dirt, ##@@£%/-~.
¨.,«^%§¶## and  i  must've  picked  it up  with  my ##¶§%^«,.¨
,,¨:»;%#£#             other belongings.            #£#%;»:¨,,
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,....~»;=@ it's a statuette of a girl laying  naked @=;»~....,
.¨.¨,..»=* on   her  stomach,  feet  in  the   air, *=»..,¨.¨.
..,.¨,¨,~\   roughly seven centimeters long. 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   is  worried  and   wants   me   to #@@&§^~-¨¨
,,«†*&####              throw it away.              ####&*†«,,
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