Kiyoshi excerpt

I fell asleep to the whistling of the wind.
I held myself tightly and closed my eyes. I was hoping that I would be tapped on the shoulders and that when I opened my eyes, it would be my mother waking me up from a bad dream. Every few seconds I would hear small twigs breaking and the crackling of leaves being crushed, but when I opened my eyes it was far too dark to see anything. My breathing became synced with the chirping of the crickets. Surely, I thought, I would wake up soon and find myself in bed. I’d get up and scan the room, and Mira would be snoring in her bed. As the wind blew stronger, I held myself tighter and dug my body deeper into the earth. The woods knew I was a stranger, forcing myself to belong…

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