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    One Crow Alone – SD Crockett

    “High on a wave-battered cliff is a simple cottage built of stone. It clings the black rocks above a churning wide-grey sea. Smoke from a narrow chimney is beaten horizontal by the wind.  Inside the cottage a girl tends the fire. But her baby will not sleep.”  After her Grandmother dies, Magda is alone in their house in their small Polish village. That evening men come and evacuate the village, but not knowing who the men are, and assuming them to be thieves in the night, Magda hides. The next day she is alone completely. Taking her neighbours horse she rides towards the nearest town. There she finds more evacuations,…

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    After the Snow – SD Crockett

    “I’m gunna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching. Ain’t nothing moving down there. The valley look pretty bare in the snow. Just the house grey and lonely down by the river all frozen. I got to think what I’m gonna do now that everyone gone.” Willo is on his own. Having spent his life up into he mountains as a straggler with his family, he’s never known many people. When he’s out on the mountain and he hears Magda shouting, he doesn’t go to her, he knows there’s something wrong. Then he returns to the house and finds they are gone, Madga,…