It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
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Monday, June 30, 2014
It Never Rains 52
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Panel 1:  We return to Rose's bizarre imagination. This time, Rose appears to be some kind of resident of a fascist prison camp. She and a number of other dishevelled people sit in rows, writing.

Narration Box:  Our sadistic slave-masters had set us yet another tedious, pointless task. The consequences of failure were dire. Thus, we all worked hard.

Panel 2:  

Narration Box:  Yet concentration was difficult. The soldier's words to me kept echoing in my mind. What had he meant when he called the old pedlar woman my mother?

Panel 3:  A guard with a truncheon walks by.

Narration Box:  Was it simply a catch-all insult? Or was there more to it? Try as I might, I could not banish the problem from my mind and concentrate on the task at hand.

Panel 4: Rose is in her math classroom, taking an exam. Her fellow prisoners have morphed into her classmates and the guard into her teacher.

Rose:  I mean, seriously:  my mom?

Teacher:  I don't know if you've noticed, Rose, but this is an exam.

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