eight MARGARET part 5

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I fell asleep between bleached sheets and dreamed in suffocating color. Saw myself with both eyes intact, standing at the edge of a crowd watching masked dancers perform on a cobblestone street. The troupe whirled past in flapping costumes and whisked me into their orbit but I didn’t know the steps. I froze in place and the dancers collided. Surrounded me. Clapped their hands and came closer.

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One week after Margaret ends her relationship with Vincent, a decade-old video of their performance as a musical duo named Citizen Samurai goes viral. Hired as the opening act for an aging British boy band’s reunion tour, they’re forced to share the stage for one more summer.

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