Addict in a Dress

The day you poison yourself again, you have to poison the plant, too. Pour bleach on it, throw a rock at it… whatever; just do something that will really hurt it. Going forward, you have to treat it the way you treat yourself, because what you do to you doesn’t just affect you.” I looked them in the eye. “Don’t want to hurt the plant? No problem. Be kind to yourself.”

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Loopholes… hers and mine

“Ohhhhh,” she’d fret. “Rose, will you grab it? Tell them that I’m in the shower,” she’d plead, bolting, like a deer, into the bathroom. I’d answer the phone, recite what I’d been told to say, and hear the shower nozzle spray into life on the other side of the house.

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Cheddar Grits and Tycho’s Turf

So I revised the ending by killing death itself off and inserting a halo-holding hipster who took the girl out for ice cream. It was a vomit-y ending, and I totally got called out on it.

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Suicide-inducing billboards and television shows and a few good reasons to stay…

She caught him looking at porn again about a year later — I guess he’d forgotten how badly it affected her; how him looking at unrealistically perfect female bodies exaggerated her already low sense of self-esteem — and after he apologized again, their relationship returned right back to normal. This time, I was furious.

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Memories and Dreams: Brought to you by the Coosa River

Then, I felt like the river, on the side of the dam that I could see. I was rushing away from you — leaving an endless, babbling protest of profanity and blame in my wake. I was shallow, I was deep, I was smooth, I was jagged. I was surrounded, on all sides, by grey, green, and a hazy dark blue. Damn you.

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Processing Anger and Choosing Between Two Mysterious Vials

So stop wasting your breath speaking to empty parking lots. Quit straining your eyes, staring after shadows. Just get on your bike — feel the cool wind patting your shoulders and tickling your hair, and go find a warm, safe place to settle down for the night.

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