I closed the lights and made my way to the bed I shared with my sister; she was already asleep, a small lump on her side of the bed. I climbed onto the bed beside her and was about to drift off to sleep when I realized -my sister was at camp right now.

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Silent Treatment

Mom and I never really talk after our regular shouting contests, but this long quiet is much worse than the incessant nagging. So I crept up behind her chair and embraced her to apologize——and to find her cold and forever quiet.

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The Call

His daugher waited waited in the usual spot, smiley and chatty as usual, for him pick up and go home. At 9pm, the hospital called with the news no parent would ever want to hear.

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