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The boys called out my name under the balcony, telling me I was yet again first in class.
We played ball by the mosque as we had played off our prizes for years.
A lone tortoise found its way by the playground and a friend of mine presented it as a gift for my genius.
I smashed my award against the wall, that I might think it some untutored youth, seeking nakedness beneath the shell.
Nevertheless, blood flew.
I screamed off my friends' condemnations.
By the pre-dawning dark hours, I tiptoed my escape.
My bicycle silent against the asphalt, rode me to the playground.
I buried the wretched creature with its dried blood on the shell.
The shell, forever covering the body, made the dirt balls crack on its surface,
a dying sound.