10 first lines

10 first lines

The night crew finished mopping up the last bits of light, and darkness spilled over the village.

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Even before they saw what lay in the canyon, the odor filled them with a sense of forboding.

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The last dragon died just after dawn.

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We would wait in the backyard, standing or leaning against the wall, and the house and ground would start to rumble, and then the great iron engine would emerge from the trees and come crashing by, followed by box car after box car after tank car after hopper after box car until they were all past and all we had left was the adrenaline rush of everything we had just seen and heard and felt.

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He looked up in his weariness and saw the source of the laughter: a little girl running past the windows and seeing the great planes and the bustle of people in the terminal for the very first time.

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I will always remember the look in his face when he announced we would all be joining the search, and the shock in his eyes when I told him no.

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The next breath was going to be someone’s last.

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Damn zombies killed my dog. Don’t care if they’re already dead, they’re going to die for that.

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Now that it was over, the only thing that had really changed was everything, she had to admit with a small laugh

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Monsters aside, it had been a good day.

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