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By Georges-André QUINIOU

Playing within the park someday, Agathe who's ten, loses her doll Louise. the subsequent Wednesday, while she tells her pal Cécile that Louise had written her a letter Cécile in fact makes enjoyable of her and doesn’t think a note of it. However…

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It’s now not Louise, acknowledged Cécile with no relocating an inch. Dolls don’t write letters, we’re unlikely to think that, we’re now not infants. — So who's it, then ? » stated Agathe sitting down. even though she didn’t wish it to teach in entrance of Cécile, her disbelief had shaken her ; she pretended to think that Louise had written the letter and so long as she hadn’t stated whatever to somebody she was once confident ; yet Cécile had acknowledged precisely what she were announcing to herself in view that final evening ; that’s why she used to be annoyed by way of Cécile and approximately to burst into tears ; Cécile by no means believed whatever. « Who is it, then ? » insisted Agathe, understanding that her buddy wouldn’t be capable to locate a solution. She did even though solution clearly : « No suggestion, maybe it’s a hoax… » Agathe stifled a sob yet blurted out obstinately : « No, it’s now not a hoax ! » prior to bursting into tears. It’s then that Cécile bought rather mild – she is her ally, Cécile –, she watched a few sizeable tears circulate down Agathe’s brown cheeks and he or she may have enjoyed to be darkish like her and feature an identical tanned dermis. She bought closer on her knees and twisted her waist around, discovering simply the perfect factor to claim with out even figuring out that that used to be precisely the correct factor to assert. She murmured convincingly : « You be aware of, it doesn’t actually matter if it’s no longer Louise…, whether it's a comic story. Why don’t we do what they do in tales the place not anything that occurs is correct ; let’s say it’s a letter from Louise ! » Agathe controlled to grin and sniffed. Agathe by no means cries for terribly lengthy but if she has cried she’s depressing for a very long time afterwards, whether humans imagine she has forgotten. « You won’t inform somebody that Louise has written, will you – promise you won’t inform someone in school. — pass my center ! » answered Cécile relieved to have comforted her pal, yet anything nonetheless niggled her approximately this letter and in reality the concept that she has given Agathe fits her high quality. the entire mattress springs shook whilst she leaned on her palms to return to sitting cross-legged ; Nunuche wobbled and slowly fell ahead, it was once Agathe who straightened her up. Cécile all at once looked to be brimming over with strength, she took her workout publication and grew to become the pages to her lesson concerning the Egyptians that they have been speculated to research for tomorrow. Her workout e-book was once now not as great as Agathe’s ; on Agathe’s there's a drawing of the pyramids and a colored photograph of a sarcophagus that she has caught in. « Come on, let’s do our heritage ! » Cécile acknowledged bossily. Agathe placidly bought settled contrary her together with her publication among her legs and began to learn. « You ask the questions, acknowledged Cécile ultimate her personal booklet. I did my homework final evening… so that you question me. — what's a pyramid ? requested Agathe having looked for a section. — A pyramid is… » begun Cécile the ceiling for proposal ; then, reducing her voice as though they have been conspiring jointly a few risky mystery : « Where do you think that she is now ? — good, she’s evidently with the little lady ! responded Agathe her titanic black eyes taking a look stunned via one of these query.

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