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Roylsden #151

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Old Ma Cody had been dreaming.
In it, a wild bear climbed out of the ground by her feet. Outside, Anna played noisily. Ma Cody rushed to the window desperately shouting "Run away!" but the window was too dirty to see through. When the child began singing, the bear lolloped outside and Ma Cody heard its hungry snarling.
Then Minister McGinley stood in her house, announcing "The girl deserves a Christian burial."
And then she couldn't hear Anna's voice, and the bear slept in the doorway.
And she was too afraid to stop dreaming, lest it not be a dream.

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