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For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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 The World and You Move on By

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Phalen Schuyler


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PostSubject: The World and You Move on By   August 20th 2008, 9:18 pm

I'll sit for awhile

Sit and think about all of the things I've said and done

I'll talk awhile

Talk to you about how addicted I've become

I'll stand around

Stand and wait for you to take me home

I'll spin around

Spin and watch the world and you move on by

I'll watch you smile

Watch if only you'd turn that frown upside down

Of all the things that I'm going to miss

It's going to be all your confidence

All the times you came up to me

All the times you thought that I was someone decent

I'll wait for you for awhile

Wait for you to make up your mind about me

I'll dream for awhile

Dream about you loving me

I'll imagine for awhile

Imagine the life that we should have together

I'll cry for awhile

Cry about all of the things that should have been

I'll run for awhile

Run away from everything I'm scared to look in the eye

Of all of the things that I'm going to miss

It's going to be your confidence

All the times you came up to me

All the times you thought that I was someone decent

I'll play awhile

Play the game that you want to play

I'll follow you for awhile

Follow you on that road where you want to go

I'll love you for awhile

Love you just for another minute more

I'll spin around

Spin around and watch you and the world go by

And I'll think that you'll be sorely missed
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