The straight lines across her tan stomach betrayed her.
“Oh my god
Oh my god
Oh my GOD”
Eyesight blurred, heart thumped a lullaby, trying to soothe my spiraling mind like a cat’s purr. No luck.
It had been that way. For a long time. For all time, maybe. And what had I done to help?
I was the rabble-rouser. I broke rules, got in trouble. She saved face.
I sat in the crispy August grass, head in hands. No longer cool, collected.
Losing my shit on a beach towel.
The sight blinded me more than the midday sun. But when my eyes adjusted, I saw the truth:
A human, with painful emotions and racing thoughts.
A human, just like me.