Three days, our people had agreed: a real, old-school, ‘Rolling Stone’–style profile.
“I didn’t even realize the sun had already set,” I said, turning on a light for Herrick. He awoke with a jerk. “Time to eat.”
Anyone can play, she said. Just don’t cheat.
In previous pages of my journal, what I had remembered of the poem she’d shared with me, I jotted down.
Our Prevenir wristwatch alarms went off, the sound like a flock of robotic seagulls. One pill, every fifteen minutes, for twelve hours of each day.
It would never be said that Gloribel wasn’t the first, or the last, to swallow what wasn’t real.
Usually, Tara’s mother socializes. I stand at a distance, holding Tara in my arms.
The slip taped to his locker at the post office was an obscene shade of rose—a private pink that called to mind the very thing that had gotten him in trouble in the first place.
An example of the just-world phenomenon: If anyone found out, they would think I deserved it. When it’s the girl who gets hurt, they always do.
When Lilith and Gerald were married, it was because they should be.
2-Down: ______ Stewart, queer actress you feel like you should be attracted to but aren’t.
Alicia only meant to bring newfound meaning to her bedraggled life, hoping her memories and grief would be blunted by the comfort of another living creature.
On Mars, there would be no coupling off, no cliques. People couldn’t leave you behind. That’s what Libby had been counting on.
We grow into forgetfulness and unfist our bones and litter them for crows.
Listen, it’s okay to say you want something to stick around. It’s okay to love something.
The neighbors wanted the bird out. “Do something,” they said. It was all in the eyes, wide and accusatory and wild.
Kurt had costars—and many ex-costars—claim their producers were like their best friends, their handlers, their editors, their priests.
I tell him how the reaction from my community was in some ways worse than the abuse.
Such intensity of emotion was rare for Calvin, but seagulls warranted it.
In walked Colonel Sanders, a Chinese man with a white goatee and square black glasses.
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