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Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)
TITLE: After the last leaf had fallen.
By Louisa Hall
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Maria knew it wouldn’t last. She had lived long enough to feel a growing sense of apprehension. She sensed the dread like a knot in her stomach. She searched the window for a sign.
There, past the front yard of the school in the woods, she found it. There was tree with only one leaf left. Just one left. She shivered. Winter was creeping in. It would steal the light, warmth and colour of her world and leave behind a mess of sloshy snow, slippery ice, grey clouds and freezing cold.
But she wasn’t bothered by the snow, the grey or the cold as much as she was the overwhelming darkness that settled over the land in winter. It always seemed to steal something of the light of people’s presence. Something of their joy, even something of their hope.
Maria gasped. The last leaf fell from the tree. Winter was coming, and there was no stopping it.
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