Slapped in the face with Reality

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       Wax lips. They looked like those silly wax lips you get at the candy store for no other reason than to make your sister laugh. Except his were cut, and bleeding, and there was a green bruise on his left cheek. His eye looked smashed, as if someone had stepped on it with intentions of popping it right out of the socket. Cuts were scattered all over his right side, a huge raw scabbed sore near his hairline. This is Johnny, my Johnny. The boy I met at camp who kept stealing glances at me during lunch and musical theater. The same boy who helped find my earrings underneath the tree on the last day at camp. The same one I talk to every night until 11:00, sometimes 11:30. And he’s in trouble, miles and miles away from me. There’s nothing I can do to help. He keeps saying he’s fine, but I don’t know how anyone could be fine after being mauled by the police. It was so stupid of him to be there, who on EARTH wants to be in the school building more than necessary? Who wants to aimlessly wander the halls more than they already do during the school day? So stupid. He’s screwed up before, but never this bad. Sure, he’s had his fair share of nights spent in the park sleeping on the bench, even sleeping in the hallway of some apartment building a few blocks away, but never has something like this happened. So many times I lay in bed, eyes red and pillow blackened with wet mascara, while I know on the other side of my computer screen, his eyes are red for a completely different reason. Now he’s suspended and going to court. I’m glad he got slapped in the face with reality.

 

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  1. Interesting “story” type…engaging, but there needs to be something of a conclusion (or clarification) How are you linking Karma with your Johnny? Raises more questions than answers, which may not be a bad thing if you were clear if this is “real”.
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