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    Steve was eleven years old the first time he thought about drowning, of sliding underwater and not coming back up, of whether or not anyone would notice, whether or not anyone would care.

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    He wonders if this is a sibling thing. Like, now that he automatically has six younger siblings does that mean he loses six things from his closet? Did Nancy and Jonathan make this sacrifice? Is this something everyone knows about except for him? Does he even care?

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    They slurp in silence. El watches him crumble up a bunch of crackers to drop in his soup and does it herself with just one, adding more one at a time as she eats.

    “How do you know if you want to kiss a friend?” she asks, and Steve’s spoon slips out of his hand and into the bowl, spattering chicken noodle soup onto his arm.

    He had almost forgotten about last night. Most of it was a desaturated blur of music and dancing and drinks, but the bathroom is unfairly clear in his mind. It’s blindingly bright and oddly quiet in his memory even though he knows the lights were normal and there was music playing. In his mind, his and Frank’s breathing and the wet sound of sloppy lips locking are magnified times a thousand.

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    Jonathan has a nice voice. It’s deep, but never booming. It’s just kind and gentle, sometimes teasing and cynical but very rarely cruel. Steve clings to it like a life preserver.

    “Hey, man,” Steve says, and it sounds so far from casual that he has to laugh a little bit. “Sorry to bother you. It's not… I didn't mean to bother you. You don’t have to do anything.”

    “Don’t do that,” Jonathan says. His gentle voice sounds tinny coming through the walkie’s speaker.

    “Do what?”

    “Pull away when you need help.”

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    10 Jan 2021

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    Karen Wheeler doesn't understand what she's seeing, but she's afraid for them.

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