the papers were carefully cut and crinkled to resemble real flowers, kind of like strange carnations. the aqua tones of green and blue were complemented with garish oranges and effervescent touches of lime. violet shades and easter yellows were stacked, and these patterns were repeated eightfold. the chenille stem went through the small hole, punched in my a needle. carefully, it was folded over so that the layers would stack. when they were done, it was a large, fluffed ball of tssue paper. he put it carefully into his bag, wary about the binders in his bookbag manipulating the flowers.

that day, it rained.

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