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  • Those around her misread it as joy—such is the ruin that time has made of her once-smooth skin.

    Fire The Sky

  • Yet I can tell most of the lines on her once-smooth complexion are due to stress.

    Thirst No. 3

  • The beautiful hair I see in those old pictures is now flecked with gray at least until I make it to my hair colorist, and wrinkles are taking over my once-smooth skin.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women

  • Others are inspired by wives who have had successful procedures--or are kind enough to ask why their husbands' once-smooth brows now appear permanently furrowed.

    Most Popular Plastic Surgery for Men

  • The black of dirt and old blood caked under the nails and in the tiny creases in the once-smooth skin.

    Hard Truth

  • What was happening instead was that the once-smooth lines of the ship were bending and distorting as Angelmass traced out a leisurely path of destruction through bracing girders and supporting bulkheads, twisting and tearing them out of line and crumpling them like thin foil.


  • His once-smooth shoulders were now adorned with tusks hollowed out to inject scorpion-fish poison in anyone he fought.

    Time Streams

  • As the wind whispered through the evergreens, clumps of snow splattered around them, leaving pockmarks scattered on the once-smooth white surface, depressions that the wind seemed to begin to fill immediately with feathery white powder that scudded along the snow.

    Fall of Angels

  • The Griffin, up close, bears its own scars: gouges in the once-smooth railings, patches on the single sail still unfurled, and an unseen and lingering sense of chaos.

    The Towers of the Sunset

  • His carefreeness was gone, and his once-smooth face was creased with permanent worry lines.

    The Trellisane Confrontation


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