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She slumped down in the tight desk to make herself unseen, daring anyone to notice her. She did not want to answer Miss Meriweather’s question as the new teacher stopped at each row, a shark seeking prey, the food of names: “Richard.” “Helen.” “Barbara.” The names were captured in her maw.
She reached Marie’s desk. Silence. Snickers from the back, squirmy sounds in the desks around her. After the silence came the question: “And what is your name?” Marie looked up. “Ask me tomorrow.” She traced what she had dug into the desktop with her ballpoint: “Kill me.”
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