in second grade, we dressed up as fireflies for a school play.

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we were like stars

(that's what the teacher told us)

pinpricks of light in the darkness

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we used lanterns to light up our costumes, stored inside them

we did need light.

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a little girl who'd forgotten her medication ran away just before the play

the teachers found her because she'd left her costume glowing.

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she smashed the lantern.

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"she's crazy," everyone whispered

(no, she was crazy)

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i kind of understand.

she left bathed in light while the rest of us were in the darkness.