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“Venus,” Travis says, looking up. “Huh. There’s the Big Dipper. I… - IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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Date: 2006-07-28 10:07
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“Venus,” Travis says, looking up. “Huh. There’s the Big Dipper. I know that one.”

I watch his neck move when he talks, the soft outline of his Adam’s apple shifting underneath his skin. They made him cut his hair short again in the group home, and he’s mad about this, but I think it looks nice. You can see his face again, the angles of the bones in his cheeks. He is beautiful. Please God, I think, looking up. I will love him forever. Please. I close my eyes, and when I open them, I see a streak of light shooting across the sky. It’s already gone.

“Did you see that?” Travis asks. His hand is on my arm.

I open my mouth, but I can’t speak. Mr. Torvik told us that shooting stars are not really stars at all but meteorites, burning their way through our atmosphere, sometimes landing in the oceans and in the middle of farms. He said you could make wishes on them if you like, but they are really just pieces of rock falling down from the sky, and they could land on your head and kill you just as you look up to make a wish. Really, they’re just rocks. They don’t care about your wishes at all.

But still. It’s too much of a coincidence, to see a sign like that in the sky, just as I was asking for what I want the most. It was over before I knew what I was seeing, but now I know that, again, I’ve been blessed, quick as a wink from above.

- The Center of Everything,
by Laura Moriarty.



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