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“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another. “ – Veronica Roth
It’s hard to imagine this man, our driver – even as a child – was ever afraid. He towers five inches above me, body like a Suma wrestler, a neck with two rolling folds in back, and dark rimmed glasses with thick lens that make his eyes look beady and watchful. His arms hang like the hindquarter from a beef carcass. His name is Ruskin and he drives the crowded streets of NYC like he is going to combat. Ramming his cab through the lines of stopped and slow moving cars, Ruskin dodges in and out of impossibly tight quarters, squawks his horn if someone tries to pull in front of us, and plays “chicken” with other cabs trying to turn into our lane.
“Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, ‘Dammit, Thurber, stop writing.’ She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph.’” James Thurber, writer
Birthdays are supposed to be fun, and mostly, they are. But, sometimes, circumstances happen that alter people’s lives. In the following excerpted story, the story centers on the actions of children. The youthful characters change, but not in the same way. While a sense of triumph occurs for some, another feels violated. The experience results in them seeing each other differently. Maybe secrets and scheming bring people together. Maybe they don’t. Stories that convey emotion keep readers engaged – and guessing.
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