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I had watched entire worlds die. I had lost my own race. How could I care so much about this one small, unsteady creature? How could her death cut me so deeply?
The Ellimist, Animorphs - The Ellimist Chronicles

There were large red flowers growing along the edges of the walls defining the rooftop patio - a gift from one of his magic children, right before she died. "To help you breathe," she said kindly, before she breathed her last. Her lips were pale, her eyes were the color of milk, her hair had fallen out months before. He usually did not learn the names of his magic children - or anyone, really. People die so quickly when they are not enhanced, and only the Minister is enhanced. He has seen to that. But the magic children, they die quicker. Best not to know them.
This one, though. This one he knew. Not her name, of course, just the fact of her - that inscrutable bit of the Self that cannot be drawn or recorded or named. And after all these years, he mourned her. A raw, painful, immediate feeling of loss.
The Unlicensed Magician, by Kelly Barnhill

Most ten-year-olds were under the assumption that they were immortal. Death was a concept that they were so far removed from that it almost didn't seem real.
That wasn't the case for Ash, though. To him, death was a very real thing. Sid, Reid, Jack...Chance Chapman—all names of people he had once known whose lives were snatched away from them like it was nothing.

Another head hangs lowly.
Child is slowly taken.
The Cranberries, "Zombie"

Teddy sniffing glue, he was twelve years old.
Fell from a roof on East two nine.
Kathy was eleven when she pulled the plug
on twenty-six reds and a bottle of wine.
Bobby got leukemia, fourteen years old.
Looked like sixty-five when he died.
He was a friend of mine.
—Jim Carroll, "People Who Died"

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