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“Right… now, look at this one: what do you see?”

She looked at him a bit confused, not knowing exactly what he expected her to “see”…

“I don’t know, Stranger!… I don’t see anything! Should I see something else beside a painting in black?” she answered smiling naughty at him, begging for his mercy with her big eyes, in which her childish soul was reflecting the color of the autumn leaves…  she knew her answer would irritate him, so she took his left hand in her right hand and she said:

“Please!! Let’s go Home!! I don’t see anything there… let’s go! It’s a creepy painting anyway!”

“Stop being so childish and act like an adult! Look closer! What do you see?” he didn’t seem to move a muscle while saying that, but the way he said it, very firm and with the voice a little bit loud made her feel like a 2 years old little girl who wanted to play when her father wanted her to sit, listen and behave

Her smile suddenly vanished and she started to look again at the strange, scary painting, right in the center of it….no colors, not even one… but just cold waves of black water, and a very dark sky, with ships floating with no direction on an angry sea of souls… trains going on roads heading to nowhere, dying grass, trees with no leaves and flowers with no petals… even just a paint, she could have felt the smell of the mud all around and she could have heard the awful sound made by a wounded wolf with a grey, dirty fur, which seemed to howl to the sky…

It was then when she dropped his hand and went closer to the wall… she wanted to touch the painting, but she felt powerless because of the strong chills which were crossing all over her back…

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Her eyes widened suddenly when, in the right side of the painting she saw a crawling, naked woman with a dirty body in a shape of a snake and who seemed to try desperately to climb some fancy, but muddy stairs of a castle of glass… right next to her, another woman, wearing a black, long dress and with a broken back, was sitting on her wounded knees, but she was smiling to a man, who was somewhere in the other corner of the painting… this one was wearing a black fancy suit, but he had no pants or shoes… his legs and toes were also full of black wounds, but he was smiling creepy at the two skinny, naked women he was holding in his arms…

The girl’s breath stopped for few good seconds and her heart started to struggle with the lack of air… she couldn’t believe it… a minute later, she covered her eyes with both hands as if she didn’t want to see the rest of the painting… it was then when he put a hand on her shoulder and told her with a soft voice: “Open your eyes!”

She opened her eyes and obviously frightened, she looked terrified in the left upper side of the painting… there, she saw a poor, small man, with two faces: one was crying, the other one was counting black, chopped pieces of woods… at his left side, but a little bit lower, an old, almost ready to fall house… no lights, no windows, but only wet, muddy walls… inside, in a dark room, she saw an angry woman and a faceless man who were eating something…

“Oh no! No!!Please don’t do that!!” the girl yelled all of the sudden and she started to cry out loud, while she was scratching the painting… The two people, sitting at the table were eating a dog

The girl continued to cry and scratch the painting for few more minutes, until her nails broke and her fingers started to bleed… she fell then on her knees, in front of the wall and as if she was begging for someone to wake her up from an awful nightmare, she said: “For the love of God… please… please stop doing that!! ”

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