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Do bad guys apologize?

“You always reading,” the boy said. “You ever have any fun?” My Terry Brooks novel was next to the keyboard. We were in computer class. Knowing what he was going to say next, I kept my eyes on the screen. I was getting better at pretending he wasn’t there. He scooted his chair an inch … Continue reading

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The Tough Girl

“This came for you,” my mom said. The letter was from my step-sister. It arrived a few days after my father got our address. I hadn’t seen N. in months. The letter wasn’t very long, and I remember only one sentence. How could you leave me in this house with her? My 13-year-old step-sister talked … Continue reading

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Kisses and Irony

“I thought we should talk about seeing other people,” I said. We were sitting on the sofa. My boyfriend, the aggressive one who’d found me at JC Penney three months before, was leaning against the armrest his legs stretched out in front of him. I sat facing him, perched on the other armrest my elbows … Continue reading

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An Aggressive Waltz

“I found you,” he said clearly proud of himself. “Remember me?” I was almost too surprised to speak. “Wow. Hi. Yeah. I remember.” The night before we’d met in the bar down the street from my apartment. “I lost your number and forgot your name, but I remembered where you work,” he said, and looked … Continue reading

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Hidden Keys

“She wants the key,” my step-sister said. We were both now in the 6th grade. It was a weekend and I’d come to spend the night. This time, when my step-mother left, she kept N. in school, and so I learned where they were if not why they were there. N. wanted to stay friends … Continue reading