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    Chapter 1

    Great example of how mortally wounded we feel when we inadvertently hurt a friend. But, true friendship allows us to make mistakes... and allows us our bad moods. I loved how Avery could read Dale, and knew exactly what he was putting himself through. They should be PROUD of their friendship.  Sweet little story, Adi. Cheers!

    Great example of how mortally wounded we feel when we inadvertently hurt a friend. But, true friendship allows us to make mistakes... and allows us our bad moods. I loved how Avery could read Dale, and knew exactly what he was putting himself through. They should be PROUD of their friendship. :) Sweet little story, Adi. Cheers!

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    Warblers and Ovenbirds

    Joyous, both, Parker. These offerings made me smile and think of how many times I've tried to spot the elusive tree singers. I confess I am not very good at it, but it is so rewarding when I catch a fleeting glimpse and see the throat pulse as the sound fills my soul. You are speaking my language with these, as you often do. And of course you always bring these back to love... wonderful! Cheers!

    Joyous, both, Parker. These offerings made me smile and think of how many times I've tried to spot the elusive tree singers. I confess I am not very good at it, but it is so rewarding when I catch a fleeting glimpse and see the throat pulse as the sound fills my soul. You are speaking my language with these, as you often do. And of course you always bring these back to love... wonderful! Cheers!

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    Chapter 1 Never Surrender

    Hate can be very debilitating. It colors everything and stops us from being our best selves. At least, that's what I tell myself. I know Michael is right, and I do try, but man, it's hard sometimes, especially when world leaders lack humanity.  Thanks for giving this a try, Adi. I didn't want to write about those whose lives ended in such a horrible way... but Michael was part of a beginning, one that stirred the hope of an entire community. Happy Pride, my friend. Cheers! G.
    3 hours ago, Aditus said:

    I read this on the phone and couldn't comment. Luckily I had a long sleeved shirt on , sniffling into said sleeves. 

     

     I’ve tried to omit from my rather short life. Yeah, I totally understand this. No time for hate. Hate doesn't make sense anymore, if ever.

    Usually I don't read this kind of stories anymore. I don't have the stomach for it.

    But, as it was you, who wrote it, I gave it a try. You managed to combine sadness, with, pride , love and love. Perfect! Thank you for this. 

     

     

     

    Hate can be very debilitating. It colors everything and stops us from being our best selves. At least, that's what I tell myself. I know Michael is right, and I do try, but man, it's hard sometimes, especially when world leaders lack humanity. 

    Thanks for giving this a try, Adi. I didn't want to write about those whose lives ended in such a horrible way... but Michael was part of a beginning, one that stirred the hope of an entire community. Happy Pride, my friend. Cheers! G.

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    Why Pride?

    Nice! The fact we are still seen as freaks tells me we always will be, at least for this century, but real friends make all the difference. Myles was oblivious, like so many other good people, but he's proved to be a great friend once his eyes were opened. That is where the hope lies for us. Well done, Wayne. I enjoyed this. Cheers!

    Nice! The fact we are still seen as freaks tells me we always will be, at least for this century, but real friends make all the difference. Myles was oblivious, like so many other good people, but he's proved to be a great friend once his eyes were opened. That is where the hope lies for us. Well done, Wayne. I enjoyed this. Cheers!

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    Chapter 1

    Let's see... very creative, unique, lots of fun, and well written. Oh, and you took a great shot at the concept of 'religion'! You should feel PRIDE.   Well done... I thoroughly enjoyed this. Cheers!

    Let's see... very creative, unique, lots of fun, and well written. Oh, and you took a great shot at the concept of 'religion'! You should feel PRIDE. ;)  Well done... I thoroughly enjoyed this. Cheers!

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    Mom Hugs

    The often false bravado homeless street youth can have is heartbreaking. They can be a confounding mixture of hard shells and fragility, and drugs present an option against the cold and the pain. It's too late for Nathan... too late for hundreds of street kids every day... but thanks to a sadly enlightened Cathy(forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do--I try, but it's hard to forgive mistakes such as hers), it is not too late for Jason. This was sweet and uplifting, Val, and I thank yo

    The often false bravado homeless street youth can have is heartbreaking. They can be a confounding mixture of hard shells and fragility, and drugs present an option against the cold and the pain. It's too late for Nathan... too late for hundreds of street kids every day... but thanks to a sadly enlightened Cathy(forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do--I try, but it's hard to forgive mistakes such as hers), it is not too late for Jason. This was sweet and uplifting, Val, and I thank you for it. Happy Pride! :hug: 

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    Chapter 1 Never Surrender

    Thanks for reading, Val. When I think of PRIDE, it's these courageous brothers and sisters I think about. Michael is a dear soul, and he had a long battle getting completely better mentally, but now he's the same old Michael. He loves being a drag queen, and is an incredible singer who was actually opera trained. He was one of the lucky ones during that time period. Others never stood a chance.    
    4 minutes ago, Valkyrie said:

    Whew... that was an emotional read.  It's so important for history to be remembered.  I'm glad Michael survived.  Thank you for posting this :hug: 

    Thanks for reading, Val. When I think of PRIDE, it's these courageous brothers and sisters I think about. Michael is a dear soul, and he had a long battle getting completely better mentally, but now he's the same old Michael. He loves being a drag queen, and is an incredible singer who was actually opera trained. He was one of the lucky ones during that time period. Others never stood a chance. :(  :hug: 

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    Liam's story

    What a great surprise, northie. Witty, clever, harsh, bitter, gut-wrenching, and impossibly romantic... and as hot as it was amusing. I absolutely loved this. This short little journey through El's head had me spinning about with the quick sprinkles of madness, my emotions not quite able to keep pace, yet the step behind allowed for a better punch. Marvelous. I'm going to read this again. Cheers... Gary.... 

    What a great surprise, northie. Witty, clever, harsh, bitter, gut-wrenching, and impossibly romantic... and as hot as it was amusing. I absolutely loved this. This short little journey through El's head had me spinning about with the quick sprinkles of madness, my emotions not quite able to keep pace, yet the step behind allowed for a better punch. Marvelous. I'm going to read this again. Cheers... Gary.... 

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    AOC2

    Child abuse is child abuse, but even worse when racially motivated. This story subject is timely (and upsetting) given the unbelievable horrors coming to light about residential schools. We in Canada have a lot to answer for. How anyone could think separating families in a concerted effort to decimate a culture thought inferior, but was anything but, is shameful. And this all happened under religion's warped sense of what is Christian, and they have much to answer for as well. People have to wak

    Child abuse is child abuse, but even worse when racially motivated. This story subject is timely (and upsetting) given the unbelievable horrors coming to light about residential schools. We in Canada have a lot to answer for. How anyone could think separating families in a concerted effort to decimate a culture thought inferior, but was anything but, is shameful. And this all happened under religion's warped sense of what is Christian, and they have much to answer for as well. People have to wake up to organized religion and realize that it doesn't always attract good people. Okay... rant over. Cheers, Ivor... G.  

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    Chapter 19 Burnt Pizza

    Thanks, belisima! Glad you think it a winner. The reaction to this story far exceeded my expectations, and that's an understatement. You're right that life is messy, and I wasn't sure this journey would appeal to readers, but I felt the need to write it. People change... circumstances can make people need to change... and depression is not something we can ignore for long if we want to have a good life. When things hit us all at once we have no choice but to deal. We can only hide for a while be
    59 minutes ago, belisima said:

    Another winner!

    And no, it wasn't too dark.  Life gets messy, and then we try to clean it up. 

    As usual, I wouldn't mind hearing more about this couple but I feel this story is complete and I'd rather just dream about what is to come for the boys and their friends.

    Thanks, belisima! Glad you think it a winner. The reaction to this story far exceeded my expectations, and that's an understatement. You're right that life is messy, and I wasn't sure this journey would appeal to readers, but I felt the need to write it. People change... circumstances can make people need to change... and depression is not something we can ignore for long if we want to have a good life. When things hit us all at once we have no choice but to deal. We can only hide for a while before life makes demands. Not everyone gets a smooth ride or has a happy ending, but there are ways to get through the darkness. Chase, and ultimately, Hank, figured out how to use the tools around them, before all was lost for good. It's late and my tendency to ramble is showing... so I'll thank you for reading this one. I appreciate it very much. A review and such would be appreciated, of course, if you feel it is warranted. Cheers and take care... Gary.... :hug: 

    Chapter 18 Teamwork

    Thanks... we'll see, buddy. Inspiration is a little different from motivation. The characters inspire me, but staying motivated is something I've been struggling with. I wrote a short story recently, and I took that as a good sign.  
    36 minutes ago, Danners said:

    You’ve got this. Inspiration is everywhere and you’re nothing if not observant. :hug:

    Thanks... we'll see, buddy. Inspiration is a little different from motivation. The characters inspire me, but staying motivated is something I've been struggling with. I wrote a short story recently, and I took that as a good sign. :) 

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    Chapter 18 Teamwork

    Oh crap! Yes I can... yes I can... but... I'll do my best to git er dun.   Hey, Dan. I should have known you'd be watching. Seriously, writing has been slow and motivation low, but I'm trying.  
    1 hour ago, Danners said:

    THERE IT IS, FOLKS! It’s in print and Gary can’t take it back.

    Hell Yeah Reaction GIF

    Oh crap! Yes I can... yes I can... but... I'll do my best to git er dun. :)  Hey, Dan. I should have known you'd be watching. Seriously, writing has been slow and motivation low, but I'm trying. :hug: 

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    Chapter 18 Teamwork

    Old man Corker appeared to me already completely characterized. I saw him so clearly. Glad you liked him. He illustrates not only the hardships of the times, but also the spirit and determination these pioneers had. I found his good bye to the team very touching too. Those little moments, which show humanity at its best, are what makes both reading and writing so special to me.  Yes, they boys have all the pieces now to build a good and happy life with... and yes they have each other. They'
    1 hour ago, Geron Kees said:

    I really liked Mr. Corker. Just goes to show that you don't need a voice to convey a wonderful disposition. Loved the way he told the team he loved them as they were ready to go with the guys. And I'm sure that Boone and Coy will love them, too.

    So they have the land, and the team, and the wagon...and each other. I know we're near the end of this tale. I'm actually not ready to be there! Maybe a follow-up will be in order? I'll see when I get to your ending. Which will be soon. :)

     

    Old man Corker appeared to me already completely characterized. I saw him so clearly. Glad you liked him. He illustrates not only the hardships of the times, but also the spirit and determination these pioneers had. I found his good bye to the team very touching too. Those little moments, which show humanity at its best, are what makes both reading and writing so special to me. 

    Yes, they boys have all the pieces now to build a good and happy life with... and yes they have each other. They've found a magical place to call home, and so the story is wrapping up. It just so happens, though, you could be right about a follow up. I am presently writing chapter eight of a story connected to Larkspur. Will I finish it? I sure hope so. :) Thanks, buddy. The end is near, and I'm pleased you've hung in there. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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    Chapter 1 The Wake

    Lol... yeah... the little details that make a story.   Howdy, JR Tittle. I'm happy to see a new reader enjoying this one. I love westerns... movies, TV shows, books... and always have, so I had great fun writing this one. The dialect was a mite challenging to get right, but it seems to have gone over well enough. In fact, I'm writing another western at the moment, with Boone in it. He's a special character to me... and so is Coy. Thanks so much for commenting, and if you are enjoying it, please
    4 minutes ago, JR Tittle said:

    Old chamber pot! Great start to what looks like a great story! I think I’m gonna like Boone. 

    Lol... yeah... the little details that make a story. :)  Howdy, JR Tittle. I'm happy to see a new reader enjoying this one. I love westerns... movies, TV shows, books... and always have, so I had great fun writing this one. The dialect was a mite challenging to get right, but it seems to have gone over well enough. In fact, I'm writing another western at the moment, with Boone in it. He's a special character to me... and so is Coy. Thanks so much for commenting, and if you are enjoying it, please give Sidewinder a story like and a recommendation... if you feel it warranted. I hope I hear from you again... cheers... Gary....  

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    Destiny Begets Destiny

    Ah... it is, and it's wonderful!   Thank you, my friend... reader support is what keeps me producing new work. Cheers! Gary....   
    12 hours ago, belisima said:

    Should be there now:2thumbs:

    Ah... it is, and it's wonderful! :D  Thank you, my friend... reader support is what keeps me producing new work. Cheers! Gary.... :hug:  

    Chapter 1

    In a word, lovely... and well written. It was a treat I thoroughly enjoyed, and yes, I think you should write more of these two. Still, this was enough if it is all you intended. Cheers! Gary....

    In a word, lovely... and well written. It was a treat I thoroughly enjoyed, and yes, I think you should write more of these two. Still, this was enough if it is all you intended. Cheers! Gary....

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    Destiny Begets Destiny

    Thank you, belisima! You are sweet to have cared enough to do that. I really appreciate it... unfortunately, I see no review from you, so it must not have taken. After you click on 'leave a review' you have to select one of the stars(five, I hope  ) and then write something. After that you have to click on submit or post, and then it should register.    
    4 minutes ago, belisima said:

    I starred🌟, hearted❤️, recommended👍, and reviewed☑️,  Hope it helps. 😀

    Thank you, belisima! You are sweet to have cared enough to do that. I really appreciate it... unfortunately, I see no review from you, so it must not have taken. After you click on 'leave a review' you have to select one of the stars(five, I hope :) ) and then write something. After that you have to click on submit or post, and then it should register. :hug: 

     

    Destiny Begets Destiny

    Hey, belisima! I have to be careful in saying this, but yes, there is a lot more of their story in my head. However, it would be another huge undertaking, and as yet, I am not ready to commit that much time and effort. There is a lot of pressure I put on myself to match the first one, and that is a little scary. I never tire of readers asking for more, though.   Thanks for reading this and leaving a comment... might I ask you to leave a story like, a story review, and a recommendation, all in th
    5 hours ago, belisima said:

    Have the boys revealed any more of their story yet?  Please????????🥺😉

    Hey, belisima! I have to be careful in saying this, but yes, there is a lot more of their story in my head. However, it would be another huge undertaking, and as yet, I am not ready to commit that much time and effort. There is a lot of pressure I put on myself to match the first one, and that is a little scary. I never tire of readers asking for more, though. :)  Thanks for reading this and leaving a comment... might I ask you to leave a story like, a story review, and a recommendation, all in the places provided under the story description and chapter list?? Please? All these things bring me new readers. Cheers... Gary.... :hug: 

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    Chapter 1 Never Surrender

    Unfollowed me? Oh, Wes! I'm crushed!!   Seriously, though, don't do that again.   Thanks, buddy. Ugly crying is okay. I did a bunch of that as I wrote this. Glad to hear you found beauty in the writing... it is difficult subject matter for sure, but I'm glad I finally got to write Michael's story in this context. Glad too that it has stirred emotion in those who've read it. Happy Pride, Wes! G.  
    24 minutes ago, Wesley8890 said:

    Im not crying. Im ugly crying and if i were wearing mascara it'd be running down my face. This was beautifully written with so much emotion.

    (Wouldve commented sooner but somehow had unfollowed you!)

    Unfollowed me? Oh, Wes! I'm crushed!! :P  Seriously, though, don't do that again. -_- 

    Thanks, buddy. Ugly crying is okay. I did a bunch of that as I wrote this. Glad to hear you found beauty in the writing... it is difficult subject matter for sure, but I'm glad I finally got to write Michael's story in this context. Glad too that it has stirred emotion in those who've read it. Happy Pride, Wes! G. :hug: 

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    Chapter 1 Never Surrender

    Thank you, mark. I'm glad you brought up the violence that was directed our community's way during this time period. Violence was something we were used to, but never to such a concentrated degree. I also had a friend do what yours did, deciding his meds, which kept him alive, weren't worth the side effects. He got it in his head that because his viral load was so low, he was cured. Me and a positive friend went over to his apartment when we heard what he was doing and tried to talk him out if i
    Just now, Headstall said:

    The following comment was sent to me via email, and I'm pasting it here because I think it is a very important one, pertaining both to the story and to what we need to remember. As I said in other posting... pride means something different to each of us, and there are things we shouldn't forget or be lax in... 

    Hey Headstall!
    I just read With Pride I Go Forth. It brought many memories to mind as I read it.
    When I was a volunteer for an AIDS Project, we sang carols at the AIDS ward of the county hospital (in 1989?). I remember being shocked that everyone had to go through a metal detector. Growing up in the suburbs prevented me from realizing just how violent things got in urban hospitals.
    My next shock was seeing the skeletal patients who were barely able to raise their heads while we were singing to them. I had seen the images in The Advocate Magazine and on TV, but hadn’t seen anyone who was so seriously ill in person. My volunteer work was in the Education Department and initially all I did was call people to arrange to get them into Stop AIDS meetings, but later I did go out to bars, Folsom Street Fair, a Gay rodeo, and a bathhouse to do outreach and education. I never worked with PWAs, I thought it would be too overwhelming to me emotionally.
    Many years later (early 2000s?), the partner of one of my best friends decided that he knew his body better than his doctors and unilaterally stopped taking his HIV medication because of the side-effects. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse and I accompanied them to the hospital when we didn’t expect him to survive. He lost so much weight he looked like the guys from back during the worst period of the pandemic.
    Somehow the doctors were able to find a treatment that worked and he’s still alive to annoy me. (He’s very opinionated and believes extremely questionable posts online. About 20 years ago, he had been convinced by a site that was supposedly about a country that incorporated the states of Washington and Oregon as well as British Columbia. He collects stamps and was thinking of buying the stamps that they suggested were available. I was able to convince him that it was fake, but there are other times when he used to forward foreign political campaigns of questionable reliability that I would ignore.)
    My being too afraid to Come Out until I was in my mid-twenties kept me healthy. I didn’t start dating until my late twenties when safer sex was being promoted heavily. So I’m a few years younger than you are, but I only had a couple of close friends who died.
    So much history and knowledge disappeared with the generations of Gay men who died. But I think the most tragic thing is that so many young men are unaware of our history. They seem to think that HIV is no longer a problem, but don’t understand that the cocktail doesn’t work for everyone. And even when it works, it’s extremely expensive (in the US), has serious side-effects, and isn’t guaranteed to work forever. 😞
     
    Thank you for the story!
    -mark

    Thank you, mark. I'm glad you brought up the violence that was directed our community's way during this time period. Violence was something we were used to, but never to such a concentrated degree. I also had a friend do what yours did, deciding his meds, which kept him alive, weren't worth the side effects. He got it in his head that because his viral load was so low, he was cured. Me and a positive friend went over to his apartment when we heard what he was doing and tried to talk him out if it, but his boyfriend supported his decision(he had terrible nightmares and felt he was bordering on schizophrenia). It didn't take long... he passed away a couple of weeks later.

    I agree it is tragic that young people don't know the history and think HIV is now a harmless annoyance. It isn't, as you say. It is still a deadly disease, and if you are one of the lucky ones, it can still be a tough road. That said, we should celebrate the advances that have allowed for more normal lives... but we need to be aware.

    Thanks, mark. I appreciate you sending me this comment. Happy Pride to you! Gary.... :hug:  

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    Chapter 1 Never Surrender

    The following comment was sent to me via email, and I'm pasting it here because I think it is a very important one, pertaining both to the story and to what we need to remember. As I said in other posting... pride means something different to each of us, and there are things we shouldn't forget or be lax in...  Hey Headstall! I just read With Pride I Go Forth. It brought many memories to mind as I read it. When I was a volunteer for an AIDS Project, we sang carols at the AIDS ward o

    The following comment was sent to me via email, and I'm pasting it here because I think it is a very important one, pertaining both to the story and to what we need to remember. As I said in other posting... pride means something different to each of us, and there are things we shouldn't forget or be lax in... 

    Hey Headstall!
    I just read With Pride I Go Forth. It brought many memories to mind as I read it.
    When I was a volunteer for an AIDS Project, we sang carols at the AIDS ward of the county hospital (in 1989?). I remember being shocked that everyone had to go through a metal detector. Growing up in the suburbs prevented me from realizing just how violent things got in urban hospitals.
    My next shock was seeing the skeletal patients who were barely able to raise their heads while we were singing to them. I had seen the images in The Advocate Magazine and on TV, but hadn’t seen anyone who was so seriously ill in person. My volunteer work was in the Education Department and initially all I did was call people to arrange to get them into Stop AIDS meetings, but later I did go out to bars, Folsom Street Fair, a Gay rodeo, and a bathhouse to do outreach and education. I never worked with PWAs, I thought it would be too overwhelming to me emotionally.
    Many years later (early 2000s?), the partner of one of my best friends decided that he knew his body better than his doctors and unilaterally stopped taking his HIV medication because of the side-effects. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse and I accompanied them to the hospital when we didn’t expect him to survive. He lost so much weight he looked like the guys from back during the worst period of the pandemic.
    Somehow the doctors were able to find a treatment that worked and he’s still alive to annoy me. (He’s very opinionated and believes extremely questionable posts online. About 20 years ago, he had been convinced by a site that was supposedly about a country that incorporated the states of Washington and Oregon as well as British Columbia. He collects stamps and was thinking of buying the stamps that they suggested were available. I was able to convince him that it was fake, but there are other times when he used to forward foreign political campaigns of questionable reliability that I would ignore.)
    My being too afraid to Come Out until I was in my mid-twenties kept me healthy. I didn’t start dating until my late twenties when safer sex was being promoted heavily. So I’m a few years younger than you are, but I only had a couple of close friends who died.
    So much history and knowledge disappeared with the generations of Gay men who died. But I think the most tragic thing is that so many young men are unaware of our history. They seem to think that HIV is no longer a problem, but don’t understand that the cocktail doesn’t work for everyone. And even when it works, it’s extremely expensive (in the US), has serious side-effects, and isn’t guaranteed to work forever. 😞
     
    Thank you for the story!
    -mark
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    Chapter 1 Hooked

    You are so right about once a horse lover, always a horse lover. My mare is in her twenty-ninth year, and for a while this winter I thought I was losing her. Her condition dropped severely and I wasn't have any real success with stopping it. Fortunately, she regrouped and now looks incredible. She's sleek and shiny and has good energy. She was jogging around me today like a two year old when I was mowing the paddock, even though I noticed a slight limp in her front leg.   It is wonderful to
    6 minutes ago, belisima said:

    I just know Gma would lead us on a merry journey.😉  She sounds likes someone I would love to know.  How wonderful it must be to have these people with you. I picture it as a little neighborhood where you can go visit each home for a different piece of a story. I'm grateful to have chosen to visit your writing once again this evening. 

    Thank  you for the complement on the name. I loved yours as well.  Was the reason I first began reading your stories. Once, a horse lover, always a horse lover. Be well and Happy Pride to you as well🌈.

    You are so right about once a horse lover, always a horse lover. My mare is in her twenty-ninth year, and for a while this winter I thought I was losing her. Her condition dropped severely and I wasn't have any real success with stopping it. Fortunately, she regrouped and now looks incredible. She's sleek and shiny and has good energy. She was jogging around me today like a two year old when I was mowing the paddock, even though I noticed a slight limp in her front leg. :) 

    It is wonderful to have all these characters in my head... I never know which ones will pop in as I'm trying to sleep... or will be there when I wake. :D  Cheers!

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