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Photo: “Opening” by Johnny Swanson

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“Why does your room smell like smoke? Oh a journal, anything interesting?” Serena endlessly inquired as she inspected Claire’s bed room.

“Never noticed and no. Just-”

Claire was exhausted from her time with Ve and was not prepared to answer the questions of the nosy Serena.

“Just what?”

“Just just,” Claire answered with a smile.

“You’re weird.”

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As Claire tossed and turned, her parrot Princess Sophie began to act strangely. She started making a guttural noise and circling the cage as if trying to remember flight. Then, Princess Sophie disappeared, and a peacock appeared.

The peacock advised, “Ask the witches about the spider woman.”

Claire reached for her journal to write the directions and noticed several pages were torn out. Had Serena taken them?

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yesterday,

i split my wrists

with cotton candy.

the left

opened with a

compliment.

the right

started with a

safe joke.

i killed myself

with kindness,

and awoke

today

feeling

less

ironic.

 

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