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Quarry

Brain, Child Magazine
2015

 

… And then they’d gone. All of them at once, leaving their tidy rooms and beds empty behind them.

 

And how could a mother not miss the nights of worry when the kids snuck out, with their tangled hair and their beautiful skin, reeking of youth, as the short hours of their perfection ticked away?

 

And how could she not be surprised to find herself tiptoeing into those rooms to smell the t-shirts of the children she had lost, and the prom dresses and baseball mitts left behind in their closets.

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