300 short stories:: story 233

story: “Confirmation”

author: Alina Grabowski

year: 2018

where: Mio Ufficio

note: The writer’s first publication. 1st Person Plural.

a line: “Whenever Lucy acolytes we sit in the front row, pulling faces and making the sign language word for fine: one palm held to the chest, thumb touching breastbone before the hand hinges forward. This is the only word we remember from the brief lesson we received during diversity day last year, and it has become our secret distress signal, from I think I just got my period to save me from this boy to I think I’m about to cry. Fine, fine, fine.”

theme(s): Assault, Disappearance, Small Town, Girlhood, Faith

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