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My Escape Place

West Eweburn Dam

Otago

Branwen, 13

I lie back on the scattered pebbles that surround the dam, enjoying the sun. A soft breeze runs across my face, picking up a wisp of hair to take along for the journey. The clouds in the afternoon sky hang motionless, leaving plenty of room for the sun to shine. Fish jump in the water, replacing silence, creating a neat ripple like the waves in a girl's hair. It's inviting me in for a dip. I fearlessly wander into the water, sun baking my back. The dam's slimy bottom oozes between my toes, squishing and squelching its way around. The water's very cold. It's a refreshing swim but worth it.

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