Handy Homunculus: A Highwall Tale
A disfigured young boy finds a new best friend buried deep in a merchant's heap of handmade toys. Plagued by a gang of neighborhood bullies, it seems the boy and his doll have different ways of dealing with their problems...
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Gabin never had many friends. Even though he knew most of the neighborhood's children by name, they preferred to call him "Cripple", or "Shrivel", or whatever else that was currently the meanest thing they could think of.
Such was his life until the day he met his new best friend: an ugly doll with gemstone eyes that never seems to be where Gabin ever leaves it.
The bond they form is unbreakable, unlike the bodies of the neighborhood bullies.