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May 3, 2012
INSTANTLY THERE

In class. The teacher has just handed out pencil cases, clear plastic rulers and booklets on the metric system. I ask the kid to my right: Do we get to keep these?

The Gulf War. I am egressing the aircraft, trying to look casual while lugging a case of mission tapes to operations as a favor to the computer dude. [Odor of jet fuel, Riyadh.] Why is today different? Why canít Scott carry his own tapes?

In my room with my new stepbrother. Weíre talking in our beds. Tomorrow Iíll show him my framed lock of hair.