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He Aches No More
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Brookell

He Aches No More

The old man moved slowly but with surprising grace.

His joints ached, his vision wasn't great, and say nothing about his hearing because he won't hear you.  The stooped-over old man looked like a gnarled oak, but always had a smile for everyone.  Once there was a time he could have lived forever, barring an accident or a firewood shortage. He lived more within his memories than reality nowadays. 

She re-appeared before him, as beautiful as when he was a boy.  She held out her hand, "It's time, my old friend."  He rose slowly and took it gently.  Pinocchio had no regrets as he left with the Blue Fairy!

 

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