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13 city and paranormal stories of robust girls, armed with guns they aren't afraid to take advantage of, in addition to fists and ft of fury, who face monsters and undesirable guys-and aren't above rescuing males within the strategy.

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He was followed by the cook; the servant hurried away in the opposite direction. I tried hard to control my nerves, but I was trembling. I heard a gong. In a situation like this, anyone, no matter how brave, would have been afraid, and I was no exception. Fortunately, though, I soon remembered that gong. I had seen it many times in the dining room. I wanted to escape, but I restrained myself, because I knew I could not really run away; that was impossible. The storm, the boat, the night: even if the storm had ended, it would have been horrible to be out at sea on that moonless night.

She entered the room. She came very close to me. I woke up. The light was out. I tried not to move; I tried to begin to see in the darkness, but I could not control my breathing and my terror. I got up, went out into the hall, and heard the silence that had followed the storm: nothing interrupted it. I started to walk down the hall, feeling that a door would open suddenly and a pair of rough hands would reach out and grab me, a mocking voice would taunt me. The strange world I had been living in, my conjectures and anxieties, Faustine—they all seemed like an invisible path that was leading me straight to prison and death.

Now I derive consolation from thinking about her disapproval. And I wonder whether it is justified. What is there to hope for after this stupid mistake I have made? But since I can still recognize my own limitations, perhaps she will excuse me. Of course, I was at fault for having created the garden in the first place. I was going to say that my experiment shows the dangers of crea­ tion, the difficulty of balancing more than one consciousness simulta­ neously. But what good would that do? What solace could I derive from that?

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