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She was so small and full of life i needed to keep

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She was so small and full of life, I needed to keep her safe. We arrived at the compound as the truly heavy snow began. The perimeter guard was apprehensive at first about letting us in, but my father and mother took him aside. They spoke quickly and furtively and kept glancing back at me and my sister. Eventually he waved us into a small holding area. We were checked for bites, and forced to hand over the meager amount of food we had managed to scrounge from our grandparents. My father was allowed to keep his gun; they said there were plenty to go around and that it wasn't the living we had to worry about anyway. Later in the afternoon we met the leader of the compound, a big strong broad shouldered man. He said that he had heard my father worked in a factory, he said he could use a strong man like him
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reinforcing the walls. He said that my mother would find a place among the cooks. He told me that I could be a guard if I played my cards right. Then he got to my sister, and he just stared for a moment, and said that he was sure she would find some way to contribute. In that moment I saw a stare that I had endured for seven years, a vile deadening thing that I had never hoped to see again. That night I dreamt for the last time. I dreamt of a massive snake, it was slowly eating itself starting at its tail. It formed a perfect circle and from the middle I watched it go around and around. Slowly the circles the snake made were becoming smaller, and I saw its face was some mixture of my parents, my grandparents, my uncle, and me. All of our features smashed together to form one hideous face. I realized the cycle was endless, I realized that my life had been a vicious joke that I never quite got, and finally I just started laughing. I couldn’t help it, I laughed until I cried, I laughed until it hurt, I laughed and laughed. Then I saw my sister in the center, and I stopped laughing. I screamed at the snake to stop, that she was innocent, that she could be saved, that she could live. The snake stopped devouring itself, it reared back, showed its monstrous size, and with no warning it pounced, crushing my sister. I awoke sometime before dawn and reached for where my sister had been sleeping only to find that she was gone. I shook my parents awake; I asked if they had seen where she went. They told me not to ask; that it was better if I didn't know. And I knew; I knew what they had done to me seven years ago; I knew that they were doing it again. I asked them if they knew what would happen to me; I asked if they knew the horrors that they had handed me over to. They were silent for a long while, finally my mother said that they were desperate that they were sorry, they didn't think it would be so bad. I didn't think, I hit my father in the stomach, I smashed his head with my knee and when he fell I kicked him. I reached into his pocket for the pistol; when my mother grabbed my arm I smashed her skull with the butt of the gun. I had to save my sister; she could break the cycle, she wouldn’t be one of the walking dead.
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