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Swimmer

Swimmer

The river shivered in the cold and I rose from its dark depths, gulping for air while water filled my lungs. My body felt unreal, like metal. All it wanted to do was to suck up heat – it was so cold, so cold. I felt paralysed with the cold, but I was moving. I could see the surface of the water now. I could see the prospect of a meal and the security of home again. The light filled everything, it even filled me. Clumps of green things in the water danced lazily and I went for it. I was now just below the surface and flicked one last time, opening my mouth wider and wider…

 

The worm speared my cheek with its cold, cold heart and pulled at me.

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