Her grip relaxed.
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This was her world now, and she treasured it the way a miser treasured gold bars. A vision howled into her head.
One second she was gazing at the pale brown dough wrapping around blueberries. The next she was in a familiar, grassy area.
Two wolves snarled, their eyes glowing yellow. Between them stood a lamb they both wanted to sink their teeth into and devour. She was inside the minds of all three animals. Their anger and hunger and fears screamed at her, pounded at her nerves and smashed down her mental barriers like plywood in the path of a bulldozer. The bowl crashed on to the floor. She dimly heard the bounce of the metal bowl on the tile.
Felt dough splash against her pants legs. Heard whimpers coming out of her mouth. The vision snapped away, and she was in the kitchen again.
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She grabbed the counter edge to keep from falling to her knees onto the muffin batter. Bending over the stainless steel surface, she sorted out the meaning of the vision. Someone saw her. Someone wanted her. Her father gave her to his friend as easily as she gave away a muffin. Slowly her whimpers changed to harsh breaths. A scrap of strength returned to her arms that had gone as weak as her unbaked bread.
She flattened her hands on the counter and pushed up.
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Slowly, feeling like an accident victim, she stepped carefully over the splatters of dough. In two hours the tea shop would be open and her regular customers would be strolling in. Depending on her to feed them the muffins and breads she infused with love and good wishes. Keeping her head up, she opened the cleaning supplies closet and then stopped. Something was starting inside her womb. Something that warmed and heated and left her quivering with need.
She was normal again.
She could— A vision howled into her head. She knew three things. The grassy area was her back yard. All Pilgrim. All Pilgrim charts our vanishing into the modern landscape, mapping both the terror and the All Pilgrim charts our vanishing into the modern landscape, mapping both the terror and the ecstatic vision of belonging to the world. Tuned to the intermingling of peril, banality, and beauty, the voice in these poems is hungry for something View Product.
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