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oh island in the sun

published: 2012-04-07

The little lady tells me, "one time, I sat there beneath that tree."
"What tree is that?"
"One time, I sat beneath that pear tree and there was a man. He threw a straw in the waves. Then he dived after it. He never returned. I waited and waited. I think he drowned. He looked sad."
"Maybe he was actually a fish. A mermaid of some sort. The moment his skin touched the water, his arms and legs became fins. And now he's with all the other fish in his family. You were lucky you know, this rare human fish never shows itself to us. You should keep it a secret.
"No," said the eight year old, "he wasn't wearing any shoes and his clothes were torn. He was black."

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