By Melody Schreiber

Melody Schreiber's work has been published by The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bitch, Slate, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @m_scribe

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    Let me tell you about fear. It rises in you; it pulses like it is a part of you. It settles on your chest and clots in your lungs. It is the water scudding toward shore, tightening into an immense wave. The fear exists always in that moment right before it crashes into you; it is always rising up, ready to strike.

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