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The sanctuary of dream

Finding hope amidst the shadow of war.

By Eric anexis Published 2 months ago 2 min read
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The sanctuary of dream
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Once upon a time, in a small village nestled among rolling hills, there lived a young boy named Lucas. Lucas was an adventurous soul, with a heart as big as the sky above. But Lucas was different from the other children in the village. He was born with a condition that confined him to a wheelchair, unable to run and play like the others.Despite his physical limitations, Lucas found solace in his vivid imagination. He spent hours reading books and dreaming of faraway lands where anything was possible. His favorite book was "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," a haunting tale of friendship and tragedy set against the backdrop of World War II.One day, as Lucas gazed out his window, he noticed a new family moving into the abandoned house across the street. Among them was a girl about his age, with eyes as blue as the summer sky. Her name was Sara, and she had a warmth about her that drew Lucas in like a moth to a flame.From that day on, Lucas and Sara became inseparable. Despite their differences, they shared a bond that transcended words. They would spend hours together, lost in their own little world of make-believe, where Lucas could walk and run alongside Sara without a care in the world.But as the years passed, the shadows of war began to creep into their idyllic village. Rumors spread like wildfire of soldiers marching through the countryside, and families disappearing in the dead of night. Lucas couldn't ignore the fear that gnawed at his insides, like a beast lurking in the shadows.One fateful day, the village was overrun by soldiers, their boots echoing off the cobblestone streets like thunder. Panic swept through the villagers like a tidal wave, as families were torn apart and homes ransacked. Lucas clung to Sara, his heart pounding in his chest like a drum.In the chaos, Lucas and Sara were separated from their families, forced to flee into the surrounding forest to escape the clutches of the soldiers. For days they wandered through the dense undergrowth, hunger gnawing at their stomachs and exhaustion weighing down their limbs.But just when all hope seemed lost, they stumbled upon a hidden clearing deep in the heart of the forest. There, beneath the canopy of ancient trees, they found refuge in the form of an old abandoned cottage. It was small and run down, but to Lucas and Sara, it was a sanctuary from the horrors of the outside world.As they huddled together by the crackling fire, Lucas pulled out his tattered copy of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and began to read aloud to Sara. With each word, their fears melted away, replaced by a sense of hope and resilience that burned brighter than any flame.In that moment, as they clung to each other in the darkness, Lucas realized that no matter what trials they faced, as long as they had each other, they would always find a way to endure. And so, with the echoes of war still ringing in their ears, they vowed to never let go of the light that guided them through the darkest of times.For in the heart of a young boy confined to a wheelchair, and a girl with eyes as blue as the summer sky, lay the true meaning of courage and love. And though their journey was far from over, they knew that as long as they held onto each other, they would always be stronger together than thI ey ever were apart...I yortnsiknroswyrea

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