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Adda looked up and down the snowy lane, but Grandma Marit had already disappeared into the darkness. The only movement came from flickers of firelight sneaking out of neighbors' windows. The darkness groaned in annoyance at the tittering flickers, who flitted up and down the sides of the box-like wooden homes. The flickers skipped over the ground and tickled Adda's feet, even through her heavy boots.

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Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, graduate student in library and information science, orchestra library intern, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, bad movie mocker, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Fantasy Magazine, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, and Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. Barbara lives with her husband in southern New Jersey and can be found online at www.babarnett.com.

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