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The little house sat by the creek. It had sat empty so long and it felt like crying as its door sagged and its roof creaked under the weight of the latest snowfall. Suddenly it heard voices. Happy, laughing voices, like it hadn't heard in a very long time.
A family came around the curve in the path. They carried huge backpacks, bulging with sleeping gear and food. The house tried to straighten its door and sit up straight as they hurried inside.
"Brr. It's cold out there. I'm glad to be inside."
"I'm so glad this inheritance got straightened out just as we needed a place to go."
"Mom, it's cold. I want to go home."
"This is our home now, honey. Just let me get the fire started. Good, the estate did leave some wood and clean the chimney."
"Ooh, Mom, look at this great little cupboard. Maybe it's not so bad."
The little house smiled. It had a family again.
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