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  • “Gone!” She cried a lonely howl familiar to pack dogs that got lost along the way. They were left outdoors in flatlands, lonely and unprotected from the wind.

    Frostbite sets in. Needles of frozen air injected into the skin of the furry wolf.

    Icicles dangling from the beasts’ jaw strike white hot against the heat flatlands’ burning sands. Charcoal grains of dust. Dirty paws. Black ice. Salivating fangs.

    The foaming white of a midnight ocean beckons strong and attractive. She answers slowly; she is sure the wave is a small tease. But the wave and its posse are strong and determined white caps in an ocean of random blackness.

    The cerebellum spoke to her. “Take a chance! Go for it and go as you are! What happens next, with surety, will beat tonight’s empty lonely. It may murder the reviving nightmare of the lonely pack dog straying in flatlands unprotected from the wind. That animal moves closer to doom and death every day.”

    The woman’s dream replaced the source of overwhelming loneliness that left her as black as holes on the sun.

    The brilliance inside of their ice cold dynamic, he relished it, wrapped it in titanium, and bonded it with a huge, finely crafted South African mined diamond.

    It was a surprise, the engagement ring. A surprise she plotted and expected six months prior, well before the weather turned freezing cold.
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