Rafe grinned. "So we are dating?" "No. You have to pass the parental exam first. It'll take you awhile to compile the data. They'd like it in triplicate." I turned to my parents. "We have Kenji. We have my cell phone. Since we aren't officially dating, I'm sure you'll agree that's all the protection we need." Dad chocked on his coffee.
All we are asking for is balance. I would like to think that I could walk into a public library and find not only works by Gloria Steinem but also those of Phyllis Schlafly. I would like to think a teenager could be taught in sex education that a serious alternative to abortion is teenage abstinence, or should pregnancy occur, that adoption might be preferable. I am not trying, as the ad says, to shove religion down anyone's throat. But I do think everyone has a right, and that the Christian voice is being chocked off.
somewhere along the dust-chocked Guatemalan road between... and... was where I confirmed that I preferred traveling around the slow, bone-rattling way: by bus, with ordinary people. The bus we were riding in had been repainted in bright reds. The inside was colorful too: the seats had springs popping out of the upholstery, and the floor was caked with dirt and garbage. Chickens, some tied in bunches and others wandering loose, squawked noisily. Bouncing along a road to a place I had never been, and would never go back to, suddenly felt exciting, liberating even
YOU KNOW THEY SAID THIS MUSIC'S NOT FOR US AND THAT'S ONE OF THEM THINGS YOU JUST GOT TO TRUST BUT IF YOU DON'T TRUST THEM, THEN YOU WON'T BELIEVE THAT EVER SINCE I WAS A KID, ALL I HEARD WAS FEEDBACK LIKE "MIKE IS A WIGGER" I'M JUST TRYING TO MAKE MY WORLD FEEL A LITTLE BIGGER PLUS I AIN'T TRYING TO BE BLACK PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT'S ENOUGH TROUBLE TRYING TO BE WHITE, Y'ALL, THAT'S A DEEP FACT BESIDES, THERE'S ALL THESE WHITE FOLKS TRYING TO HATE ON MY STYLE BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE THEIR TIGHT CLOTHES AND THEIR WEIRD MUSIC BUT WHEN I'M CONTEMPLATING, THEY'RE JUST MAD BECAUSE I'M AIN'T CHOCKED FULL OF HATING TO BE REALLY GOOD, YOU GOTS TO HATE EVERYBODY AND THESE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO LOOK OUT FOR EVERYBODY? AT LEAST IN ELECTED OFFICE, IT'S WHITE DUDES BUT IF YOU AIN'T RICH LIKE THEM, THEN THEY DON'T LIKE YOU UH HUH, YEP YEP YOU KNOW IT YOU STILL WHITE EVEN IF YOU IS A POET RACISM, THAT'S THE NAME OF THE GAME AND YOU COULDN'T ESCAPE THAT IF YOU WAS DAVE BLAINE KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN?
THEY SAY GIRLS ARE MADE OF SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE BUT ON THE REAL SOME OF YA'LL BITCHES ARE METALLY TRIFE BEGGIN FOR CHOKE OUTS ALMOST BE ON THE EDGE OF YOUR LIFE I SEEN IT ALL WHEN ??? LENT ME HIS WIFE DOUBLE D;S A HOTTER VERSION OF JESSICA ALBA BEOFRE HE LEFT HE TOLD HER TO CALL ME MASTER AND SET UP A CAMERA I SAID BITCH I AINT DOWN TO BE VIDEO TAPED, SHE SAID OKAY MASTER BUT PLEASE TAKE A SHIT ON MY FACE SHE HAD A BIG BAG OF DILDOS, HANDCUFFS, WHIPS AND CHAINS, CLAMPS, SUCTION TOYS BALL GAGS THIS SHIT WAS INSANE UNTIL NOW I THOUGHT THE BONDAGE WAS CREEPER BUT ADMIT I GOT A HARD ON WHEN SHE BEGGED ME MASTER PLEASE BEAT ME WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT WAS A BLUR SNIFFED SOME COKE FUCKED HER FACE TILL SHE HURLED IT WAS ABSURD SHE LOVED IT SHE FORCED MY HANDS AROUND HER THROAT DURING SEX' IT WAS AMAZING UNTIL I ACCIDENTLY CHOCKED HER TO DEATH
Birthdays were wretched, delicious things when you lived in Beau Rivage. The clock stuck midnight, and presents gave way to magic. Curses bloomed. Girls bit into sharp apples instead of birthday cake, chocked on the ruby-and-white slivers, and collapsed into enchanted sleep. Unconscious beneath cobweb canopies, frozen in coffins of glass, they waited for their princes to come. Or they tricked ogres, traded their voices for love, danced until their glass slippers cracked. A prince would awaken, roused by the promise of true love, and find he had a witch to destroy. A heart to steal. To tear from the rib cage, where it was cushioned by bloody velvet, and deliver it to the queen who demanded the princess's death. Girls became victims and heroines. Boys became lovers and murderers. And sometimes... they became both.