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Losing sleep

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“Did you remember the candles?” I piped on the icing roses and added “Happy Birthday” with a fancy flourish.

Holding up a small box, he shook out four pink polka-dot tapers. “Of course, here ya go. You’ve really outdone yourself this year.”

“Turn out the lights so we can see the flames better.”

I picked up the three-layer cake and walked into a darkened room of pre-schoolers loudly singing about smelly monkeys.

I woke suddenly from my wistful dream, the overhead lamp casting weak shadows. The only sound was the receding echo of the guard’s heavy boots.

This week’s challenge is inspired by One Republic’s, “Counting Stars.”

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  1. Tara, this is such a great interpretation of the song. Love that you pulled one of the “themes” from the song. It’s a happy tale turned dark and sober.

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