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She gazes out the window self-consciously adjusting the straps of her shirt She shivers as a chill creeps out from the weathered window pane and draws a limp cardigan from the overstuffed chair she has perched herself upon The pounding of the rain slowly begins to abate and diverts into a soft gentle roll of tears from the sky She clasps the cardigan closer to her body as she mentally counts off the number of ribs she can feel through the heavy wool blend Haplessly she utters the sigh of a woman far beyond her years and reaches to open the beckoning door Her frail ivory hand encloses on the scuffed brass door knob and she abruptly looks about her as if she is waiting for someone to reprimand her She braces herself against the winds knocking chill and steps out into the blighting crisp after-rain air Though she is wearing the two layers she had previously dressed herself in that grey morning and the four other layers she had wrapped herself in throughout the day she still shivers the drizzle gently pinpricking her spine The soft baby hairs rising on her arms she raises her diminutive hand to touch the baby-fine smattering of gold silk upon her head to find that it drifts off through her bony fingers to the earthen ground She touches her head again and this time her gaze lands upon the aimless settlement of one golden strand Whirling and twirling its angelic decent is cushioned by the tender rains droppings that had accumulated into a softly swirling puddle In an impulsive childish manner she squats down alongside the water mass and peers at the blustery silken strand As it writhes and dances across the still body of water it creates perfect symmetrical ripples of movement and sooner than later to the young girls objections the hair is stifled by the peaceful puddles saturation And just as her lips utter yet
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