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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. ..¨¨....¨~
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.¨,,.,.,.. 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 ..¨,=:**&#
#¶§£*^=^,.                 FIGURE.                  .,^=^*£§¶#
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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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