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The girl stayed in the town, fearing what the people might do if she left. She continued to do her duties and take the harsh words from the people. She cried at nights, sad, and scared.

One morning, before the people awoke, the girl was out fetching fresh produce for the morning feast, when a woman appeared. She did not recognize the woman.

“Child, why do you cry like this?” She spoke in a soft voice and reached out to hold the girls hand.

“I do not wish to be here, but I cannot leave for I cannot be alone.”

“Oh, my, child…do you not know that when you are surrounded by people who do not love you are alone the most? You must get your things and leave this place and these people. There is a journey that awaits you. You must find yourself.” The girl turned to face the woman but she was gone. Surely the girl could not listen to an imagined woman…but as she thought this, she saw a jar on the ground where the woman stood, it said¬†To Get Away and when she opened it, it was filled with coins. The girl took this as a sign that she must leave this town and so she did.

Before the sun peaked and the people arose she was already gone. She went into the dark forest and began her journey…

Woman standing on footbridge leading to treehouse (digital composite)