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The morning light faded away as if a thick black cloud had drifted in front of the sun. A sudden cold wind brought an unexpected chill, but a change in the weather wasn’t the cause. High in the sky, the moon was about to block out the sun. Oliver knew that he shouldn’t stare at the solar eclipse with unprotected eyes but the sight was awesome and strange. Just before the eclipse became total, sunshine glared from one side of the sun, forming a diamond smile. It dazzled him, blinding his vision. His eyes snapped shut.
The moon robbed the day of its sunlight and plunged Oliver into darkness. Birds stopped singing and returned to their night-time roosts. Only the sun’s corona glimmered from behind the perfect black disc. In the few short minutes before sunlight reappeared, Oliver’s life was doomed to change completely.
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