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    Dark Eyes – William Richter

    “Valentina stirred awake and found Mrs Ivanova leaning over here bed, gently squeezing her shoulder.  ‘Shh, little one,’ Mrs Ivanova said in her most quiet whisper. Valentina could smeel sweet tea on the old woman’s breath. ‘Come along.’  Valentina smiled, sitll half-asleep, and slid out from beneath the covers as quietly as she could, careful not to wake the other children with the sound of her squeaky bed. With Mrs. Ivanova’s help, Valentina put on her robe and slippers and padded silently out of the room.” Born in Russia and raised in an orphanage for five years, Wallis Stoneman can’t remember much of her life before Claire and Jason adopted…