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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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##§%§†~.,, 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 HOW ..¨.,,¨.-»
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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. ¨.:~†^&@@#
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##@@*==,.. THEN   I   RUN  EAST  TOWARD   MY  HOME. ..,==*@@##
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\=-,¨¨¨,¨. 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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