The Beginning

The day after the funeral, we sit down facing each other at the kitchen table. We aren’t wearing black but maybe we should be. Dad forgot to shave the left side of his face. He looks me straight in the eyes as he lights a cigarette. Grief has made him bold and mean. He offers me one and I shake my head.

“What do we do now?” I ask him and the empty chair between us.

Madeline Curtis is a senior at Falmouth High School in Maine. Her work also appears in One Teen Story and Glass Kite Anthology. Her first collection of stories will be published in the summer of 2016 through the Young Emerging Authors Fellowship.

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