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Life In The Aftermath Essay

2005 words - 9 pages

I remember certain things from when I was younger. I remember that when I was five, I saw a man get arrested for smuggling in a coloring book. My parents told me that I was too young to understand what happened.
When I was six, I saw two teenagers get arrested because they stayed out of their houses after nine. The police took them away and they were never seen again. I was told that I was too young to understand.
When I was seven, I saw a woman get beaten up for food. My parents told me that I was too young to understand why she got beat up because she had food.
When I was eight, I wondered why the only other colors that we see is our hair, eyes, grays, trees, sky, clouds, the road, and ...view middle of the document...

He leaned forward a little and looked at the light. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed his friend and his friend’s sister exchange a look.
Eighty-Six knew that look too well. It was the same look his parents give each other when he asks questions about the current situation that they live in.
Fifty-Two looked at her brother’s friend. “You don’t know?”
Eighty-Six knew about the Civil War, World War 1, the Great Depression, and World War 2. He knew about drugs, alcohol, and a lot of stuff. He just wasn’t sure why no one would tell him what was going on. He was tired of people not telling him anything. His teachers expected him to know what was going on; they were no help at all when he asked. They kept telling him that his parents should be the ones to tell him.
Eighty-Six shouted, “I’m sick of it!” The two siblings jumped back in shock. “I hate that people aren’t telling me anything. What are they hiding? How come nobody’s telling me noting? I just want to know. My parents always say the same thing. You’re too young to understand. I would understand if they tell me something.”
“If you don’t calm down, I’ll rip out your lip piercing.” Fifty-Three said. Eighty-Six arched an eyebrow. He had a black lip ring in the left corner of lip.
“Stop it! You’re both fourteen! You’re acting like spoiled children! I expect the both of you to act like spoiled adults!” Fifty-Two snapped out. Eighty-Six actually had forgotten that she was there. She got off the car and looked at the boys. “Now, I want you two to hug.”
“Uh?” Fifty-Three replied.
“Dude!” Eighty-Six exclaimed.
Fifty-Two made a weird sound and said, “I’m a woman!”
“I’m a dude. He’s a dude. My sisters are dudes. We’re all dudes.” Eighty-Six said and shrugged.
“I’m not going to ask what that means. Hug.” Fifty-Two replied.
“Alright.” Fifty-Three said, and the two guys hugged. They pulled away with weird looks on their faces.
“Okay. Now we can tell you.” Fifty-Two said and got back in her spot on the trunk of the car.
“Finally.” Eighty-Six replied and played with the rings on his notebook.
Fifty-Two rolled her shoulders and said, “Back then, way before I was born. Long ago, when my grandparents’ parents were children...”
“Okay.” Eighty-Six said, and smiled.
“Don’t interrupt me!” Fifty-Two snapped out. She grabbed a spiral on her hair and examined the tips. “I need a haircut to get rid of these split-ends.” Eighty-Six and Fifty-Three exchanged a look of confusion. They looked at back at the oldest.
Fifty-Two shook her head and said, “Okay. There was this asteroid. It hit the other side of the planet and wiped out that side.”
“Yeah. There were tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, massive winds, fire, and earthquakes, as the after effects.” Fifty-Three said.
Eighty-Six in a mock fashion, pulled his jacket closer said, “Wow. This story sends chills down my spin.” He pretended to shiver.
“Stop interrupting!” Fifty-Two snapped out. “Anyway, there were a lot of deaths during that impact....

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