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While the tour boat was docked, the children—nine of them, identical but for height—would board and crate the scraps. The improved industry meant two cruises a day, and two meals a day.

They tossed most of the trash overboard, making quick work of it, saving what could be re-purposed into something useful for the home. Home. It was nothing more than strung-up tarps and towels, discarded for a stain or a rip, and beds of years of flattened boxes.

It was an unspoken contract: the children cleaned, the family ate, and the captain didn't report the illegal encampment.

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    Drew Martyn over 3 years ago

    A sad truth. Also, a superb drabble, nice one :)

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    Melanie over 3 years ago

    Indeed sad. Thank you Drew.

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