All the Reward

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All the Reward (254 Words)

Her hands shook. She scraped the tough skin from the root, then cut the inner meat into thin circles. The pot was already boiling when she added the root. It was one chance in a thousand, but they had tried everything else.

She watched the plant fibers melt and disperse. The steam smelled like an unusual kind of spice, sweet.

“You’re doing it, then?”

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