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Chapter 15

  • Claudine cried like she never had before after they had all left her. The left side of her head throbbed badly and her forehead felt hot to her touch. Her tongue sat like a woollen piece of dried cloth in her mouth and Claudine knew she'd sell one of her pinky fingers for water that moment. The last time she had felt this way was when her best friend, Eleana died from internal bleeding. She had fallen from a tree when she had gone on a rebellious adventure with some of the other girls. She had gotten up, patted herself down and felt that she was alright except for some minor abdominal pain. However, it was too late when the part-time nurse who came to the orphanage twice a week discovered the anomaly.
  • Claudine remembered that day like it just happened last week. She had held Eleana's hands in the makeshift infirmary at the orphanage which was just a used room with a couple of bunkers thrown in together. Elena had died in so much pain. A dark, dirty bruise had stained her exposed belly, making the rest of her body a ghastly white complexion. Claudine had refused to leave her side, she had held her hands until Eleana took her last breath. The nurse said there was nothing that could be done since Eleana never let anyone know that she had fallen face down from a tall tree so a proper examination could have been done.
  • Claudine had been inconsolable that day, she had cried and wanted to die. That was seven years ago, they had planned a lot of exploration together for when they finally got out of the orphanage home. But here she was, in a shitty rat hole and Elena, beneath the cold ground.
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