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Genre: Historical Fiction circa 1890
Word Count: 100
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Eight-year-old Charity watched the strange countryside whiz by. In the glass she caught a glimpse of her reflection. She covered her ears with her hair and tried to block out the other kids’ cruel jeers.
“Wings for ears. Beaver teeth. Too ugly for anyone to adopt you.”
She stepped off the train, clutching her rag doll. Schubert, Missouri looked nothing like New York.
A man and woman with prominent ears approached her. The man knelt and grinned, revealing a pronounced overbite. He caressed Charity’s cheek. “Mama, I believe this orphan train brought us the pretty little girl we prayed for.”
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