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Unwrapping a Gift

Once there was a girl bestowed with a divine and all-powerful thing. Gifted to be given a sense of the nature of a deity or its impossibility. Something ordinarily concealed from an average existence. Something hopeful and tremendously gorgeous.

Couldn't read it. Couldn't hear it. Couldn't Speak it. Didn't know a fucking thing to do with it. Fruit waiting to be plucked off of the puzzled boughs of her mind; fruit ripe and possibly rotting. At the expense of her youth, she mauled at her thoughts alone, blessed with a lovely thing she couldn't see until she broke herself into bitter, untouched, and irrelevant pieces.


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'Hope, you don't have to use it on your wedding night.'

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