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Papa Said – 3

Anna learned monsters were real one night as she crouched in bed, her ear pressed against the wall that separated their bedroom from the living room. This was before Papa had left with the marching men, back when Mama came home from selling in the market while the sun was still high. Annabelle had never seen her mother look like that day when Mama came home. She kissed Papa as they welcomed her home and Annabelle heard her whisper to him, 'We need to talk.' As soon as supper ended, the two sisters were ordered to bed.

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Papa Said

You're not supposed to be scared at nine-and-three-quarters, she knew. You had to be brave and strong and protect the little ones that get scared. Papa said so. Monsters weren’t real. Papa said that, too.

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Be Brave

The cold air burned my nostrils as I inhaled, my chest expanding until my lungs could fill no more. I exhaled a hot blast of air, the steam twirling like smoke from a dragon before rising to join the gray clouds overhead. It was the coldest day of the year. The blizzard from the night…

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