However, after drinking some warm cocoa he felt so well and strong that he asked to be allowed to walk to school. Marianne agreed but insisted on holding his hand in order to prevent him falling down. After all he had been so badly injured that the doctors had officially declared him dead. She saw him wave to all the overstressed people they met in the morning rush and he seemed to be full of energy. She was content but tired as she hadn't slept all night. It was wonderful to have such a bright and cheery little son. But an observant old lady, who wasn't in such a hurry as all the others, screamed with horror. A policeman had to stop the woman with the crazed look who was dragging a stinking child's corpse along the pavement.

Marianne was gravely insane.

   
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