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Smiling, she carefully placed the large sealed white envelope on the newly delivered desk. Taking a deep breath, she turned and walked into her bedroom. She let her bathrobe slip to the floor, and decisively made her sartorial choice. A few minutes later she returned to that same spot by the desk fully dressed with her keys in her hand and purse on her shoulder. She stared down at the envelope for another second before picking it up and leaving the apartment.

Greeted by a warm breeze and blindingly bright sunlight as she exited her apartment building, Sara Ann Jacobs had an epiphany. She squinted and tossed her head backwards attempting to look upward at the sun. She loved the sky and the feel of the wind softly whistling through her hair. Caught in the moment, she stretched out her arms and twirled around basking in the warm breeze. A broad smile crossed her face. She realized that she was really and truly free. Free to live her life as she pleased. Free of her driving desire to have what she will never have. She was happy and she was free. The sunshine broadcasted it and the gentle breeze whispered it. The silk of the white dress twirled around her. She had put on and taken off that white silk dress twice before finally deciding to keep it on. Wearing white before the month of May was one of the many things her mother had forbid her to do. On this March day when Sara Ann had decided to mail her application for nursing school, she decided to wear her favorite white dress. It was her declaration of independence. On this particular day when she was finally pursuing her life long dream, the bright sunlight, the unseasonably soft warm breeze, and her flowing white dress were assurances of her happy future. She felt peaceful. She was happy in mind, body and spirit. Unable to contain it, she erupted in smiles and twirls like a giddy young girl. Realizing a water deliveryman was watching her, she stopped. Grabbing her purse, she opened it and pretended to focus on searching its contents. “Beautiful day,” he greeted as he approached her. “How you doing?” “Fine,” she mumbled. To avoid looking at him she removed her sunglasses from her purse and put them on. “I can see that,” he replied with a smile as he passed her balancing the five-gallon jugs on the dolly. Now that she had on her sunglasses, the sun didn't blind her. She raced to her car, embarrassed and anxious to get to the post office. She quickly started the engine and drove off. A few minutes later, she noticed a police car in her rearview mirror. Instinctively, she checked her speed and slowed down. The police car was driving closely behind her. Approaching a stoplight, she continued through. The light was clearly green but the police car flashed its lights and turned on the siren. She pulled to the side of the road and stopped. Putting the car in park, she rolled down the window and removed her sunglasses.

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