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"Sometimes I want to hit Alex in the shoulder like I used to. With mythumb over my knuckles the way they taught us in gym class. I know theplace where you can hit people that's sort of in between the muscles.It really hurts.
Stuff like that's a game because he's my brother. I mean, I hit himknow and then maybe at dinner he says something at the table like, "HeyMom and Dad, Erin didn't go to school today" and then we'll be evenuntil next time.
We kind of lost that. It's gone because of the bruises and thenosebleeds that he gets when something happens like normal only hisbody thinks he's dying. So I stick out my tongue instead. Alex looks atthe TV and loses his smile because he knows its missing, our usual backand forth."
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