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The locals of this island are a strange mix of affable, jovial, distracted, and obsessed. I like them. They have invited me into their tribe – the initiation is a grueling, month-long inscription of my story onto the walls of a local cave. I am tasked with 1,667 words per day, upon penalty of lashings and public humiliation if I fail. But if succeed, I will be honored and feasted like the half-man, half-monkey god of their legends. I admit, I am scared. But I must go forward, for I feel my destiny lies on the other side of this absurd ritual. The hammer and chisel grow heavy in my hands. My shoulders and back burn with the effort. But right now there is the daily word count, and there is nothing more. God be with me.

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