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The Lady and the Babysitter

Rita ran the fabric through the sewing machine with the quickness of a lifelong seamstress even though she had only taken it up the year before, purchasing the machine on a whim at an estate sale. She didn’t know where to start, but her neighbor Mrs. Exley was generous enough to give free lessons only asking for conversation in return; Rita never met her own grandmother and couldn’t help but bond with Mina Exley during their weekly sessions as they joked about their strikingly similar childhoods and flights of fancy. She completed the last bits of embroidered details and the next morning Mina opened the package left at her doorstep with an ear-to-ear smile, giddily putting it on and for the rest of the day wearing the cape with a flashy red “X” on the back.

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