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June 18

One out of turn:

Yesterday I walked down through Queen Heleni Alley. A child, nine or ten years old, was walking in front of me. We were alone. The alley was dark, and once in a while he glanced back and quickened his pace. But when I walk slowly, I walk pretty quickly. I could feel his fear. I could remember this kind of fear well. And I wondered how I could put him at ease without embarrassing him. Then he tried to leap away-- but he twisted his leg badly, and now he dragged it along behind him, whimpering in pain. This is how we walked, together at a fixed distance, until we reached the end of the valley. He's limping outside, and I, inside.

 

(David Grossman,Be my knife)

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Taken on July 18, 2008