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It was the happiest day of my life. I had everything set out for the day. My dress, shoe, bag, scarf, I had it all set out.

It was going to be my first Christmas with my family. With me off in boarding school; I didn’t get to spend much time with me family. And whenever I had a chance to go home, the family was never complete. Either brother had gone on a trip or dad or mom. But today everyone was home, and I was done with secondary school, so we could spend all the time together, “finally,” I said in my head.

Little did I know that the day brought what I feared most;

DARKNESS.

I was all dressed up like a fairy in my newly purchased blue pleated knee-length gown and silver stileto heels, looking “take away” as we would commonly say. Feeling all “princessy” i walked down the stairs to meet my family in the palour.

As i walked down the stairs I was excited but the closer I got to the palour the darker the house became, the quieter too. I felt a chilling sensation run through my spine causing me to shiver but I pushed it away. My feet finally landed on the last step; the sight I met still haunts me till date. Blood splattered all over, glass shattered, the body of the people I once loved lay lifeless.

I wanted to turn away and run but something called out to me. I couldn’t help but move closer to the bodies. As I knelt before my brothers body I heard a whisper in the wind saying ” Run……..” I looked up and from the stairs I just descended a pair of eyes filled with hatred and a hunger for blood shone at me. Fear had me rooted to the ground but again I heard the voice “Run…..” It said. I felt my feet come to life; I stood and ran.

Till this day I have never looked back in the dark and Christmas became “crymas” for on this day I lost the once I lived for.

On this day I and the dark became one.

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5 reasons why your breath smells bad

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Bad breath, is an embarrassing health condition that affects approximately 30% of people around the world.
It is normal to wake up with bad breath.

But what about when you’ve brushed, flossed, mouth-washed, and not eaten any spicy food like garlic, and are still finding that your breath is less minty, more malodorous?
Good oral hygiene must be taken seriously if you want to avoid halitosis, but it’s not the only factor that can play a part in the smell that comes out when you open your mouth. Here are 5 other things that can cause bad breath.

Cutting down on carbs

Cutting down on carbs and upping your protein intake can be a major factor in whether or not you have bad breath. This is because they cause your body to break down fat for energy and create ketones. The excess ketones put a lot of stress on your kidney.

Skipping meals

Whether it is a deliberate attempt or you’re doing it for religious reasons, skipping meals can have a serious negative impact on the freshness of your breath. Avoiding meals or fluid slows than the production of saliva leading to breeding of bacteria which causes bad breath.

Chewing too much gum

Chewing gums in the short term after eating spicy food is not harmful. It causes serious health issues in the long term because they contain hidden sugars that leads to the accumulation of sticky plaque on the teeth. This also encourages the growth of bacteria and its effects may be worse than those of dry mouth in the long run

Dehydration

Drinking the recommended dose of H2O on a daily basis has many beauty and health benefits such as keeping your breath fresh all day. Dehydration can cause halitosis because bacteria that live in the mouth tend to multiply as the mouth dries out.

Strep throat

Strep is a bacterial infection, not a viral one, and those invading bugs can cause your bad breath to smell bad, says Dr. Grbic. Not only that, but other kinds of sinus infections can turn into bacterial ones that produce a smelly, pus-like type of mucus

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