Chapter Nineteen

In the Very Same Box

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Everyone gets this. It is the way here. The ones who don’t get a number…You’re lucky. It hurts a little, not a lot. Just a little. Don’t make it worse. Be brave for the others, can't you? Don’t make it worse. Look. I have one too. Look. It’s just a number. In a few days, you’ll forget. See. The needles only scratch. Just a little sore. Just a little blood. See? Hold still. Brave young boy. Now the ink. It will be just a little scar. We all get worse. No matter what. If we live. That’s all…That’s it. Behave. Get in line. Behave. Be strong.

“Sarah’s dad must be so old.”

“Somewhere in his 90s. Strong. Lack bull! Has to be. Had to be. Scary couldn’t see. If he never survived, she’d never be here. She couldn’t be flexible. My dad didn’t judge. Everyone did what they had to. Who can judge?”

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Everyone gets this. It is the way here. The ones who don’t get a number…You’re lucky. It hurts a little, not a lot. Just a little. Don’t make it worse. Be brave for the others, can't you? Don’t make it worse. Look. I have one too. Look. It’s just a number. In a few days, you’ll forget. See. The needles only scratch. Just a little sore. Just a little blood. See? Hold still. Brave young boy. Now the ink. It will be just a little scar. We all get worse. No matter what. If we live. That’s all…That’s it. Behave. Get in line. Behave. Be strong.


“Sarah’s dad must be so old.”

“Somewhere in his 90s. Strong. Lack bull! Has to be. Had to be. Scary couldn’t see. If he never survived, she’d never be here. She couldn’t be flexible. My dad didn’t judge. Everyone did what they had to. Who can judge?”