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Under the Sycamore Tree

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The explosion was a wave of heat. When Audrey opened her eyes, she saw curtains, a geometric black and white floor.

She wandered through room after room. Once, she saw Laura's father crouched in an armchair. He snarled, fingers curled into the upholstery, but did not leap.

Agent Cooper moved towards her with crisp and confident steps. He smiled tenderly, kissed her lips.

"Go home," he said, his voice drawling and odd. "Audrey, this is no place for you."

He pushed her through the curtains. She woke with hospital linen beneath her fingers, and cried for something forgotten but lost.