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26th December 2004- My sever-year-old daughter was swept away right before me I was plaiting the last knot of the crimson ribbon that matched her dress The waves leapt at her like she was the prey of a hungry tiger She made heavy slaps on the water trying to thrust the wild beast As she cried out for me the monster made its final attack Maya took huge gulps then gasps the crimson ribbon faded to a pale red and became a red blur until she was there - no more Being enveloped in dark void I couldnt rely on my sight only in my sense of sound as I heard Mayas echoes of desperation cry out for me The echoes became fainter until her cries were lost in the pandemonium Though I heard her no more I could still feel her presence I knew she was there somewhere I was only breathing to see her again listening for her to call for me dragging my heavy feet without losing hope I fumbled through every crimson piece of cloth I came across with my scorched fingers I frantically darted my eyes for her and shouted her name in desperation Two days two weeks almost two months went by visions of crimson haunted me I listened only to her voice feeling her presence somewhere around But the moment I saw her my world came crumbling down She lay motionless wrapped in white her lips did not part to whisper even one last word and she did not feel my touch That was the day I stopped believing in what I saw heard and felt - in myself Living for me was worse than dying Losing Maya was losing everything it killed every part of me that was alive I was zombie like I dont know how I got here The Dreamcatchers Institute Sri Lanka A gust of wind swept caused the steel signboard to
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