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...o things with," Muffy went on."You mean, like a boyfriend?" asked Fern."Or a brother," Muffy continued. "But the boys at our school only care about
sports, and action movies, and power tools. They have no interest in the finer
things.""What's wrong with power tools?" Francine wondered.The flashback ended, and a horrifying realization gripped Muffy. Turning away
from the mirror, she hurried into the bathroom and closed the door. After
spending a few moments fumbling for the zipper, she pulled down the brown
slacks she was wearing, and saw..."NOOOOOOO!"Alerted by the scream, Mrs. Crosswire burst into Muffy's bedroom. Seeing that
the bathroom door had been shut, she knocked on it three times. "Are you all
right in there?" she called out. Seconds passed, and the only sound she heard
from inside the room was a child's bitter sobs.Finally the door slowly opened, and a red-haired boy with tear-stained cheeks
appeared before her. "No, I'm not all right," he said in a voice devoid of
hope or happiness. "I'm a boy.""Of course you are," was Mrs. Crosswire's calm response to what should have
been startling news.Then another figure appeared from behind the woman's back--a second Muffy.
"Oh, good, you're awake," said the lookalike girl with a glib smile...