With a flurry of motion, the leaf plummeted toward earth. 

It fell soundlessly with a quiet disregard for what it was to become. 

When it reached the moist duff, it labored for its last breath. 

“I held on as long as I could, and now I shall melt away to nothing.” 

As its vibrant colors faded away, it was lulled into becoming new soil.

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