By Eireann Corrigan
After Greer Cannon discovers that shoplifting could be a recreation and intercourse could be a superpower, her mom and dad pack her up and ship her off to McCracken Hill-a cloistered academy for bothered young people. At McCracken, Greer chafes lower than the flowery platforms and self-help lingo of healing schooling. Then Greer meets Addison Bradley. A good-looking, charismatic neighborhood, Addison turns out nearly as dedicated to Greer as he's to the 12 steps. whilst he introduces Greer to his mentor Joshua, she reveals herself captivated through the older man's calm knowledge. eventually, Greer feels understood.
But Greer starts off to query: the place has Joshua come from? What does he wish in go back for his assistance? The extra she digs, the extra his lies are uncovered. whilst Joshua's impression over Addison edges all of them in the direction of chance, Greer comes to a decision to confront them either. all at once, she unearths herself at the outdoor of Joshua's circle. And speedily, she discovers it is not secure there.
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I looked at Joshua and clarified. “Boys. ” Joshua nodded like it was no big deal. I felt like an amateur. ” We sat for a while and then Joshua stood, stretched, and told me he’d go warm the car. “You skinny girls. ” Holly dropped the check off after he left, and I stopped her. ” I looked at the scrawled list of items: three muffins, four cookies, a b ag of organic chips. ” She handed over a paper grocery sack. ” I looked out the window, past the painted deer. Joshua had pulled up to the door.
It could have been a f ull minute before I b linked and glimpsed Wes lifting his hand to conduct. ” I stepped back to sing too. I really belted it out, the way you do when you’re a little kid, just so happy to have been invited to the party. Sophie winked at me, bookended by the bench-press bros. Hannah closed her eyes and swayed. Ms. Ling looked more human than lizard just then. I felt myself looking around frantically, trying to memorize every sliver of that moment. Maybe that’s why I noticed that Joshua was the only one not singing along.
There was no mistaking the command in Joshua’s voice. ” “I’m okay,” I s aid. ” Except for that bereft feeling when he left the table once more. I watched Joshua twirl strands of spaghetti onto his fork. ” The gentleness in Joshua’s voice had evaporated. ” I wanted to tell him to leave the menu interrogation to my counselors. But nothing came out of my mouth. He said it for me. “I’m not your counselor. But I c are. ” Joshua sounded furious. He nodded back toward the counter. ” This time when Addison sat down, he didn’t ask what we were talking about.
The believing game by Eireann Corrigan