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Eugenia

Kaci’s so excited to finally be getting a dad that she’s playing bungee with Eugenia’s arm, straining at it to peer curiously between the bars, squealing and yanking herself back every time one jumps up.

“Don’t startle them, sweetie,” Eugenia groans.

“I want all of them!” Kaci declares. A salt-and-pepper dad sniffs at her hand.

“Well, I’m sorry, you can’t. And we have to be careful about which one we pick.”

“Why?”

“Some of them have been abused,” says Eugenia sadly.

One of the dads scratches furiously at his ear, then looks startled to have found something in it.

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