2. Reflections

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The manager stared at the sea for a long time, wondering if what he’d just seen was real or only a figment of his imagination. Then he shrugged and decided that he might as well do what the mermaid had said. After slipping his shoes off and wriggling his toes in the sand, he headed down the beach to join his daughter and see what treasures the ocean had cast up.

A couple of hours later, his daughter had filled her bucket with sea glass and the manager had filled his pockets with an assortment of small treasures: a sand dollar perfectly intact, smooth oval stones in many colors, and an interesting selection of shells and other salty ...

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