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She would cry within, showing a blank stare and immutable silence as tokens of defeat, albeit without wasting a single teardrop. Her teacher felt exasperated before that demonstration of stoicism, which she regarded as mockery.
“Not sure what to do with your kid”, she said bitterly. “She shows no interest. She’s indifferent to everything she is told”.
The teacher was addressing her mother, who had her very same melancholic eyes. The husband –clad in a smart suit and featuring a prominent tie knot– smiled patiently, the very image of a perfect stepfather.
Little did they all know that the girl’s tears would run wild down her face when, at the dead of night, he tore her dreams.