The salty water burned Kelsey’s eyes as she sank, but she refused to close them. She wanted to watch as Death came to collect her.
Preston always loved Mia Farrow, so for his birthday I chopped my hair and dyed it blond. When he saw, he said, “You look ridiculous.”
I rushed home on report card day. When I showed my parents, Dad slapped Mom and said, “Why’d you give me such a dumbass kid?”
She lay on the slope, listening to the approaching semi. Jack said if she stayed until the truck crested the hill, he’d finally kiss her.
Her mom snapped her glasses in two, then sent her to school. When she couldn’t answer questions from the board, her teacher yelled at her.
For the first time ever, Daddy bought me ice cream. When I got full, he made me choke down the rest, even after I puked.
She rode swings, though they always made her puke. It was her fastest escape. She relished her nausea, afraid to see him when it stopped.
The sunset burned her eyes as she dropped her husband’s wretched body into the lake. Though the day was ending, it was a beautiful finale.
She crouched in the cattail reeds, the bullfrogs too quiet to drown out the sound of Momma being hit. She waited for quiet before returning.
As she fell over the final hurdle, she hoped her spine would snap, turning everybody’s disappointment to sympathy. Unharmed, she couldn’t hold her head high.