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Demon Copperhead

"To me that says I had a fighting chance.  Long odds, yes I know.  If a mother is lying in her own piss and pill bottles while they're slapping the kid she's shunted out, telling him to look alive: likely the bastard is doomed.  Kid born to the junkie is a junkie.  He'll grow up to be everything you don't want to know, the rotten teeth and dead-zone eyes, the nuisance of locking up your tools in the garage so they don't walk off, the rent-by-the-week motel squatting well back from the scenic highway.  This kid, if he wanted a shot at the finer things, should have got himself delivered to some rich or smart or Christian, nonusing type of mother.  Anybody will tell you the born of this world are marked from the get-out, win of lose."

Fellowship Point

"We were, we are, relentlessly, prideful, stoical.  We admire fortitude.  We were raised to think a person has a right to be upset, in the event of loss or disappointment, but there are ways to acknowledge it without plodding through the embarrassment of a scene.  Stop crying.  Pull yourself together.  Be brave."

We Are The Light

"I, too, haven't been able to return to work since the tragedy.  I tried a few times, but never made it out of my car.  I just sat there in the faculty parking lot watching the students streaming into the building.  Some would look at me with concerned expressions and I couldn't tell whether I wanted them to help me or if I wanted to be invisible. It was the strangest sensation.  Do you ever feel that way?  I'd grip the steering wheel so hard my knuckles would turn white."

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