The Duke is back.
As I write there is a dirty sheet being placed over the body of a child.
She is no more. What shall we do?
She was playing in the sand, even though her family had told her to stay inside. A piece of shrapnel killed her. It left only an inch gash in her chest, tore through her heart, and then ripped her shoulder blade and part of her spine away from her body. Flesh and blood splattered a wall and spelled a word by the freak of nature: H and I. She flopped around a bit before she died, alone there on the broken earth. Only a few knew her and fewer still will remember the circles she drew in the dust. HI she died.
Later they will bury the girl in a rocky field and the hands of a bare tree will sprinkle bark and brown straw upon…
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