I smelled our destination before I saw it. The overpowering stench of decay clawed its way through my nostrils and down my throat, and I suppressed the urge to gag. Teeming piles of waste formed their own unnatural landscape, following the curves of the densely forested mountains behind them. The sun carved thousands of shadows across the landfill and cast a golden glow on every surface, from discarded TV sets and old tires to the men and women sorting through them. I found myself uncomfortably reminded of the bottom feeders we’d learned about in my biology class—except these were human beings.
Beep! Beep! Beep! The blare of my alarm pierces through my ears. Trying to escape the sound for just a few more minutes, I curl up under the warm safety of my covers. I check my phone, and it’s 6:31 a.m.
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