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perfect specimens

May 15 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

Some way off her path, through the trees, Jane thought she perceived fire. A bonfire, rather than wildfire, as it seemed to be surrounded by a noisy group. Consumed by an instantaneous rage, she began stomping through the undergrowth towards it. What could they be thinking, lighting a fire in this part of the world! But as she approached, the fire appeared to be abruptly trampled down, and to disappear, as though it had never existed. Jane realised that a midnight gathering in this remote wilderness seemed improbable, and decided she had imagined it – not without relief, as she realised that she was to some extent afraid of strange people in the middle of nowhere.

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flight

May 07 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

For Jane’s 5th birthday, my sister gave her a pair of fairy wings of the kind that attach with loops over the shoulders. Jane showed her gratitude with a tantrum. “why does everything have to be pink pink pink” she yelled and burst into fits of tears. My husband and I gently restrained her flailing limbs and tried to explain to her that she was too old now to behave so badly. But Jane refused to calm down until she finally wore herself out and allowed us to put her to bed.

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