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My Mantle Story: Fairy Clothing

The first time I put on a mantle I remember feeling free.  It may seem weird that a hood—something that keeps you warm—could be liberating, but it's the truth.  The mantle was grey alpaca with a black fuzzy lining that refused to quit being the softest thing in the world. Even though it was the beginning of a very humid summer in Philadelphia and I couldn't bear to wear anything more than a light sundress outside,  I wouldn't take the sweltering thing off. I am a fairy tale writer, in no small part because I always felt like some kind of mythical creature trying to make her way through a world without magic.  For much of my life I tried...

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