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A Helping Hand  
by C.R.M. Nilsson

Her new neighbours are being rather rowdy. Just as Darlene contemplates going over to tell them to calm down, she hears the door slam. She can’t resist peeking – curiosity killed the cat, after all.

A young woman’s standing outside in the street. She’s pale. Ordinary-looking. She looks like she doesn’t know where she’s supposed to go. She runs a hand through her hair.

Darlene cracks the window slightly open.

“You okay?” she calls out.

The woman looks up, surprised.

“Fine,” she calls back. “Just a tiny argument.”

“You wanna talk about it?”

The woman looks surprised. She shrugs.

“Yeah, okay.”


Copyright C.R.M. Nilsson 2010

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