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And on the fifth night, there were only three left.

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The young and old, the modern and the traditional, walked side by side speaking in the same tongue, smiling as they journeyed home.

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As the warm light quickly faded, the jungle came alive.

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Beyond the fence Autumn was beckoning.

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Elation for now, but soon the dark would be coming, and the external would become internal.

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The louder he screamed, the more the people pointed and laughed.

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Always an outsider without the courage to speak, yet inside something shined brighter than the fire she watched.

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Yesterday it was pure, but today the lake sighed with disease.

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In the moment of stillness, the sun broke the clouds and spoke silently with its warmth.

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Ramos Garcia had been waiting for her to return for 2,832 days.

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Rejected from the Korova Milkbar but still singing their siren song.

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It was not the water that looked inviting, but rather the mystery that rested below.

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With the heart of innocence and wonder, she eyed the throngs of people.

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She disapproved of those who spoke while she danced.

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She stared intently at the stranger from an unknown place.

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They smiled lovingly at the stranger, hoping she didn't know that they were cannibals.

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No matter how hard it tried, the light could not find a direct path inside.

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On the way home from work, she remembered that she had left the oven on.

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She almost caught the words of wisdom whispering on the breeze.

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Little Jimmy ran across his kingdom to spread the good news.

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Harris sat on the steps of memories and heard the chants of thousands.

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Soon to join 655321 for the afternoon cleaning.

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Sidetracked from his job, he often worried that the voices would come again.

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With each quickening step, she worried more and more the monkeys would not be pleased with her lateness.

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She wove into the fabric the memories of her ancestors.

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With the hearts of bribery, they eyed the throngs of people.

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Twilight brought with it terrible things.

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Steadfast they held waiting for the frost.

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Follow the circle through itself and perhaps you can find what you seek.

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While the rest were aimlessly walking in circles, Little Jimmy crawled under the lost adults towards the secret exit.

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Tomorrow she would not forget to lock the door to her home.

© Brandon Alperin 2016