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    Nia continues walking towards the castle, looking over her shoulder in case Flip comes from behind. While doing so, she bumps into the leaves of a large olive tree, with several of the fruits falling to the ground. She hastily picks them up and puts them to the side of the walkway, making sure they ...
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    Kofi arrives at the same sidewalk block heading towards the castle. While thunder quietly rumbles, he pulls Nia the rat out of her carrier when the taxi drives off. Nia happily nuzzles Kofi’s cheek. Nia stops when Kofi’s hand quickly puts her back in her carrier. A taxi arrives and stops on the same sidewalk ...
  • Plane in clouds
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    I’m finally holding on to letting go.  What is the power of letting go? Well, when you have to find your own power, when you feel powerless, you learn how strong you really are. About a month ago, I did something crazy. I got on a plane and went halfway across the United States without ...
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    An enormous rusty barge enters a Monte Carlo harbor, creating a stark contrast against the gleaming spotless yachts bobbing on the water. Kofi, carrying a small pet carrier thanks the captain and crew, slowly disembarks and resists the urge to purge himself of his seasickness through his mouth. He finds a bench facing away from ...
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    Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to chaperone our daughter’s senior trip. The destination? Orlando, Florida. The goal: watch over my daughter and her best friend as they ride death-defying apparatuses designed to create vertigo, hysteria, and an empty stomach. Thankfully, as chaperones, it was our duty (and relief) to hold all their ...
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    Bernard Bernard hurries through the train station carrying more pots and pans than clothes. Texting the maître d to make sure she has the restaurant under control, he sighs as his precious cargo rattles behind him. Several onlookers stare in either amusement or confusion as he rushes by. Bernard looks down at his shoes; the ...
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    On the 27th of May, four airplanes arrive at a Monte Carlo airport. The warm weather greets each guest as they each enter a separate taxi. Nia looks out of her taxi’s window and stares out into the shimmering sea below the winding road. A soft melody from the early 70s like that of a ...
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    Each letter discloses four items; a worn ace playing card that has the same symbol of the wax seal on the outside, the photograph of a tall man with an orange ascot, a credit card, and a letter with calligraphy writing. Each letter has the following message: “Hello (name of either Nia (human), Bernard, Hikari, ...
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    Mozambique, Africa Thursday, October 8, 6 PM The sunset swallows the distant horizon while shining golden rays upon the trees. Towers of giraffes stroll towards their homes, casting shadows that stretch farther than their massive necks. The distant roar of a female lion quickens the giraffes speed, their thundering hooves vibrating along the ground. Several ...
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                                                    Osaka, Japan                                                 Wednesday, October 12, 2 PM                                                 Kaze Tea Ceremony House Hikari sets several teacups down, then kneels to practice her bowing for guests. Her knees ache, and her feet sleep. She attempts to hide her discomfort by smiling. The tea kettle begins to steam, and Hikari crawls over to pour ...