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Sick DayIf there was one thing that Once-ler missed about being an unknown, it was that he could take as many sick days as he wanted. Now, with his Thneeds production booming, taking a sick day was almost a sin. But he couldn't help it. From the moment he woke up, he felt absolutely horrible. His body protested to him moving in the slightest, he could barely speak, his nose was so stuffed up he couldn't breathe through it and his stomach was churning. And Once-ler had absolutely no idea why.
Reaching over for his radio phone, he dialed up the company number. Someone ought to be there at 7:30. Without missing a beat, a woman with a familiar Southern accent picked up. "Oncie, is that you callin? Why are you callin in? You know you've got meetings today."
"Mom." He said in a raspy voice. "I can't come in. I'm sick."
"And where did this come from?"
"I wish I knew," Once-ler chuckled, shaking his head. "All I know is that I can barely talk to you. How could I talk in front of potential
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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