This story comes with an example of the sort of art Malvina creates in her day job.
“Guess what’s in the bags?” I say, and they rush towards me, beaming.
“I want juice.”
I notice five-year-old Mila is missing. Absorbed in drawing, she stood indifferent to all the fuss around lunch.
“She drew tons already,” one boy points out. “And never stops.”
“Hey,” I come up to Mila, “let’s have a bite.”
She shakes her head over a lopsided tank on paper. “No, I need one million more to bring my home back.”
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