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A Day Out

Drowsy lifeguards watch a beach empty of threat. Seagulls shriek and scavenge as children stage sandcastle stories in the sand. Browning parents compare the aches and pains of parenthood. A mother gathers sticky debris and says her goodbyes. She turns and calls for a child who is no longer there.