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Mittens for Nasma by Tracy Gaughan

Like a clock on the hour, it struck him. Mittens! He was packing a shoebox with presents for Gazan children. Crayons, jellies, small toys and mittens: pink fleece ones, with a cartoon bunny on the top. He had bought them for a sixth Christmas his sister never saw. The bus sent her flying through the air like a stone and the day he kissed her goodbye, her hands cold as snowballs, he couldn’t help wishing that he had gifted them sooner. His mother said her soul would go straight to heaven; that s...

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