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coming up for air

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It is curiosity and wariness that keeps the wildlife from eating away at her growing innards. Bones encase themselves into soft tissue, bound by muscle and veins, until a clean layer of flesh forms into a new familiar face. Deep brown hair sprouts free from rich brown skin, shining sun red in the daylight just like the old. Clothing of the current era protects new skin, forged from what her people believe is theirs.

Her heart beats. Blood runs. Neurons spark to life. It is time to live again.

Blue eyes snap open and America takes the next first breath.