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The Day I Didn't Die.For many years now, today is the worst day of the year for me. And I can't help but think it always will be.
Quite honestly, it should be the best day of the year because it is the day I didn't die.
Let me explain.
After a drunken phone conversation with the woman I hold dearest to my heart last night, the Aunt convinced me that it's finally time I share this story. If for nothing more, just to get it out and put it in the past. It's not a story I like to share. It's not something I like to talk about, but I'm hoping the catharsis of writing it down will help me be a better person. A person that doesn't dread the arrival of December 16th every year.
It's always a dark day because 17 years ago it's the day I woke up to find out that my grandmother was dead. And with her, any hope of a normal childhood because she was the one that was there for my brother and I when our mom wasn't and when our dad was on one of his rampages.
Alice Scene - NaNo Day 17Kelly wasn't sure what to think about Alice and Jake. Jake? Where did he come from? And why was he moving in on Alice so fast? Maybe he wasn't moving in on Alice. Maybe Kelly was just jumping to conclusions. But they seemed so comfortable with each other. Jake even knew which drawer the silverware was in.
Shaking his head to dispel all thoughts of Alice and Jake, Kelly tightened the grip on the bag in his right hand and quickened his pace towards the lake house. He had a present for Pippa and worrying about Alice and her new friend wasn't going to help him focus on practicing what he was going to say to Pippa.
He was only half way to the lake house when he heard rustling in the woods to his left. Stopping instantly and hoping it wasn't a bear, or worse, a bear cub, Kelly's eyes roved over the area around him to find the source of the sound. He figured it couldn't be anything large, because he still saw some squirrels ru
Alice Scene - NaNo Day 5A cold nose and wagging tail greeted Alice as she opened her eyes. "I'm not awake yet, Loki. Let mommy sleep." The cold nose nudged closer against her cheek and neck. "Loki, down." Alice used her best scolding voice, and was surprised when it actually worked. Loki jumped down from the bed, but moments later returned with reinforcements. "Loki! Devil! Ugghh. I guess I'm not supposed to sleep anymore." She tried to scoot to the edge of the bed, but the four-legged duo was nuzzling her. "If you boys want to go out, you need to let mommy get out of bed." Both dogs abandoned her side to hop to the floor and eagerly wait to be taken out. "Ridiculous."
Shuffling down the stairs with her slippers on her feet, Alice tied her white robe around her waist and headed for the back door to let the boys out. She spotted her laptop sitting on the breakfast counter and grabbed it. "I guess I could get
Alice Scene - NaNo Day 1Kelly eyed Alice as she walked down the spiral staircase. He raised an eyebrow and set the book he was reading down.
"What is that look for?"
He continued to stare at her, deciding exactly how to word what he wanted to ask.
"Come on, just spit it out already."
"Fine, what's with you and all the open front sweaters?"
Without thinking, Alice ran her hands down the teal tank top she was wearing and pulled the black sweater tight around her mid section. "There's nothing wrong with my sweaters."
"I didn't say there was, I just asked why you wear them so much. It's summer. I'd think long sleeves are a bit warm for outdoors."
Instead of defending herself, Alice went on the offensive. "What about you?"
Kelly stood and looked at his own clothes. He was wearing his favorite double vest with the checked inner layer and black outer layer. Pulling at the open collar of his short sleeve button down, he realized that the tie
You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
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