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Adila braced herself against the railing of the fire escape steps.
You can do this, she told herself. It won’t hurt that bad. Not as bad as childbirth. Think of that. Think of what everyone will say. They’ll never believe it’s an immaculate conception. Come on, you don’t even believe it. Not really. So get it over with. Just let go, and gravity will do the rest. Nothing could be easier.
Adila knew it was a lie, but sometimes you had to lie to yourself to get through certain things. She backed up as far as she could, shut her eyes tight, and without thinking about it too hard, threw herself down the fire escape.