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  • Madeline Walz

Day 26: You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand. How did you get this key?

My hand hurts. Why does my hand hurt?

I look down, open my fist, and see a key.

Oh. Right.

I fell asleep in the RV’s driver seat again, still holding the key. I’ve been clutching it so tightly that it’s left a mark on my palm. Any tighter and I think I might have broken the skin.

A glance out the window reveals the sun rising over the Badlands. Time to move on. There’s still a long way to go to cross the country.


Cover photo by Ivan Shemereko on Unsplash.


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