HEARTSONG: Finding your way after you’ve lost it.
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[ID 1: A short comic about gender identity. The cover page is an overview of an emerald green ocean. Text reads: “HEARTSONG / BY BECKETT ATTICUS.”]
[ID 2: A child is tidepooling in ankle-deep water. Their hair is blonde and chin length, and they are wearing a pink T-shirt. Two seagulls fly overhead. The child picks up a brilliant purple mussel shell, and their eyes go wide. Sunbeams break through the gray clouds ahead of them. Text reads: “MAYBE YOU HAD SOMETHING. JOY, OR PASSION. SOMETHING THAT MADE YOUR HEART SING. AND MAYBE YOU LOST IT.”]
[ID 3: Three panels shows the child’s hair growing longer. In the third, they are curled up with their face to their hands. Then, a series of closeups of hands on their hair, and a pair of scissors that snip a long strand. Text reads: “MAYBE IT’S BEEN GONE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. MAYBE YOU HAVE DESPAIRED - BUT KNOW THIS: A DAY WILL COME WHEN IT WILL ALL SLIDE INTO PLACE.”]
[ID 4: The child, a teenager now, puts a hand on the mirror and looks at himself. His hair is cropped short, and a brilliant blue sky reflects in the mirror behind him. There is a close-up of him in a baseball cap, then of him doing a testosterone shot. Another close-up of his lower jaw with sparse stubble, and of him buttoning up a green shirt - top surgery scars are visible. A close-up of his eyes, and then of ocean water. Text reads: “AND YOU WILL RECOGNIZE WHAT WAS MISSING. AND THEN, WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT,”]
[ID 5: He is an adult now. He stands in ankle-deep water on the beach, surrounded by tidepools, a lighthouse in the distance. He picks up a shimmering mussel shell, smaller in his hands this time. He stands to face the light, and sunbeams break through the cloud cover. Text reads: “IT WILL COME BACK AND YOUR HEART WILL SING ONCE MORE.”]
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