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Her disability check was gone, and now the only option left was also one of the worst

Her disability check was gone, and now the only option left was also one of the worst

For the people of the hollow, opportunity begins where the road ends, and that was where they now went, driving onto a dirt path that vanished into forest. It was here that they came at the end of the month, when the disability checks were long gone, and the next were still days away, and the only option left was also one of the worst.

The goal was simple. Get to the top of the mountain. Collect as many wild roots as possible to sell to a local buyer. Avoid the copperheads and rattlesnakes. Descend before the rains came again and flooded their way out.

"My doctor gets on me all the time getting out here and doing stuff like this," said Donna Jean Dempsey, 51, who had...

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