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The Shadow

When we met he was only a shadow of the man I know today.  A shadow present on a cloudy day. Cold air tickled the nape of my neck and broke through the thin wool hanging from my shoulders when I took the brief walk through the hospital gardens. Wind played a...

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Spark

Flashing pearls guided us through leaf and limb, over mounds of dead foliage and past oak skyscrapers. A harmony of cicadas rattling, clicking and chirping sung from all around. A minty freshness perfumed the crisp air and the scent followed us all the way to the forest’s edge. From there...

Flying

Nestled between the etchings and bulges that made up my brothers arms, I had never felt safer. As a three year old I squirmed, a giggle rising into a playful shriek. Still a child himself, my brother groaned under my weight, but was capable of lifting me off the ground,...

Fight for me

I tried not to think about how much you were struggling, but the sound of your breath catching on each exhausting drag was enough to scare me. The pallor of your face was a washed-out grey and the tiny bow of your mouth a dull blue. The heavy lines under...