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Introduction to Emily Harper
With the wind wisping through her long grayish blond hair, Emily stands by the swollen creek. The rush of the creek is nearly deafening but she stands unmoved. With her hands in her pockets and a smile across her face she becomes lost in the sights and sound of the creek. She looks around half expecting to see children running towards the water. Not stopping when they reach the edge but jumping into the creek with a giant splash. Emily shudders at the thought,"Not today," she whispers, "Too cold!"
It is early April in the town of Marshall. The trees are covered with tiny buds that are on the verge of bursting open. But they anxiously wait for the day that they will show their beauty to the world. It has been several years since Emily has been in Marshall. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't think about this town. It's as though she never left.
Using a tree for support, Emily kneels down by the edge of the creek. The wetness of the ground quickly seeps into her faded jeans. She reaches her hand into the fast moving water. Being sure to hold onto the tree. Closing her eyes she thinks back to all those summers in this creek\. And the tree.
"The tree!" exclaims Emily as she quickly stands up, looking up and down the banks of the creek. An old oak tree catches her eyes. Wiping her hands on her jeans she slowly walks towards the tree. Coming upon the tree Emily searches the trunk.
Letting out a gasp, "Its still here!"
She brushes her hand against a set of initials carved into the tree.
"W.M.&E.H." mouthed Emily,"It was so long ago. I can remember it all as if it were yesterday."