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November 11, 2011

She ran to the neighbor’s house, as if in a dream. He always yelled at her for running through his yard. Normally, she was afraid of him, but not today. When he opened his door, she was white as a sheet. “Mother…father...I don’t….” She burst into tears. It took a while before he could understand what she was trying to say, and even then, he didn’t believe it. “Now, now,” he said soothingly. “I’m sure your mama is fine.” He left the hysterical girl with his wife and headed next door through the snow.