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Frances looks down at the two boys.

One of them sticks his tongue out. The other one continues drawing designs and carefully writing numbers into them.

She leans down and points to a six. “What’s this number?”

The first pulls her hair. The other answers, “Six. If the last number is six, and,” here he makes a multiplication sign and points, “another six, the other number will have a last six, too.”

She nods. “Would you and your brother like some sweets?”

“Charlie likes sweets,” he says. “I like oranges.”

“Would you like some oranges while Charlie has some sweets?”