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At first I didn't think anything had happened. At least I survived, but weeks went by and life continued as usual. Work seemed to be going better, but I attributed it to an attitude change until one simple act of frustration demonstrated my new ability. After seeing yet another forest cleared to make room for a subdivision, i visited the site and sat at the stump of a 200 year old Oak.

Sitting and stewing I leaned back onto the trunk and pictured what it must have looked like before. . . when I opened my eyes, the tree was growing 10 feet per second until it reached full size! My feeling of elation was quickly replaced with exhaustion, weakness really and I felt so sick I didn't know what was going to happen.

I stumbled towards a bulldozer and reached out to lean on it- but at the touch of my fingers it began to rust, then fully decomposed in no time at all.

With much practice I've mastered my ability, balancing restoration and destruction. I continue to use my ability for good, although my destructive side often gets me into trouble- nobody likes their gas guzzling Hummer reduced to a pile of rust.

To my benefit, I did manage to restore the Shenandoah River and nearly empty a landfill over the course of last month. No telling what might be next on my list :-)

-- Jared S

 
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