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She was tired of feeling fractured, but couldn’t break the habit. No, it wasn’t habit that made her fractured, but it was the habit of mental scab picking, as it were, that made her feel it.

“Like standing on a precipice and looking down and saying to yourself ’ Don’t fall, don’t fall..” Why stand there? Why tempt it?”

“Why tempt what?”, her mind inquired. “Fate? Gravity?”

“Oh, the splendid gravity that is fate.” she replied.

Sometimes her mind really wished she’d try harder to make sense. “As if,” it thought, “I don’t have enough problems of my own!”

The girl could remember things. Some things she did not doubt, such as the hand flying swiftly towards her face after she dug deep into the chocolate powder. That was when she was the baby, still, and babies mustn’t do these things. Now she was afraid to open cocoa box, but, if she did not, she was punished for not making cocoa for everyone. She mustn’t refuse to get into the cocoa box or ask for help or the hand would come flying. It was a smaller hand now, relatively speaking, but the sting it carried was just as cruel. Little girls mustn’t do these things, not get into cocoa powder boxes.

“ I wonder,” she would say to no one, because she was too young to be listened to except when she best wished they wouldn’t hear her “if they do, indeed, realize that I am the same person as I was then. Do they think I’ve been exchanged? Is this how they would treat my poor doppelganger? Hmm.. maybe it wouldn’t mind so much, since there would be only the one cocoa powder rule for it. Oh how I wish I was my doppelganger.”

This was an unsound wish, a silly wish, and a dangerous wish. That it was fulfilled was considered by many to be an error of the utmost gravity. That it was never noticed by her family speaks a great deal towards their group character.



Tucson, United States

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Rough draft bit of the usual story of a world in a parellel universe, this time Earth side

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