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I sprinted faster, my surroundings fading into a blur.

My pursuers, relentless, panting, gaining on me too quickly.

I didn’t know how long I’d been running, minutes feeling like hours, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep this pace for long.

The harder I ran towards the safety of the treeline ahead, the more out of reach it felt.

My heart felt like it would explode. They were closing in and there was nothing I could do.

I couldn’t breathe, I had to slow down, accepting my fate.

“Tag! You’re it,” they laughed. I began to count to ten.

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