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The Leap 

She stepped 
back fighting 
a surge of 
nausea yet 
even as she 
did so she 
felt strangely 
drawn forward 
it was something 
like curiosity but 
stronger she had 
an absurd desire 
to touch his face 
it was a powerful 
morbid pull and 
she had no name 
for it but she 
fought it taking 
another step back 
then another and 
by the time she 
made her fifth 
step the feeling 
was gone replaced 
only by revulsion 
yet his face stared 
after her as she 
retreated toward 
the doorway from 
a distance its ex- 
pression looked 
mournful so 
like a racoon's. 

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