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Maudie knew she would have to pick the blackberries now that Mama had slipped on the mop water she threw
on the porch steps and busted up her ankle. Mama wanted her to take little Taylor with her, the 8-year-old
Maudie sometimes babysat, and to her, he never seemed to stop talking. Sure enough, he chattered all the way to
the old house which scared Maudie, but that 's where the best blackberries grew, as big a man's thumbnail, so
plump and purple they could at the slightest touch bleed all over your fingertips. Of course, Taylor had to
scamper into the house which was surprisingly dark Maudie thought as if the sun in all its brilliance outside could
not direct its rays through the gaping holes which maybe once held panes of glass. When Taylor pointed to a
twisted tube, like a deflated balloon, with hay sticking to it, and asked what it was, Maudie held his hand and said,
" Nothing, let's go. " They nestled themselves in the tall grass and vines around the house and crammed handfuls
of blackberries into their mouths, smiling, showing off purple tongues.