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Glasses and Red Scar - Chapter 19
Warm air raced through my lungs. I could feel my adrenaline rushing and my heart pumping. I haven't felt so alive in a while, I thought to myself.
I can't remember how I got here, but I was running through a meadow full of long and slender grass, waving in the wind happily until I stepped on them with my pudgy feet. Why do our feet look like this anyway?
This looked like the countryside, but not at all farm-like. Occasional little carved paths divided the grassy hills; the air was filled with the sound of birds chirping. Everything was untouched. Not a living soul was in sight. Not yet anyway.
Judging by the lack of any marks left by human civilization, one might even call this place a wonderland. "One" obviously not being me, of course. Maybe some teenage little Pekoponian girl who lives on the internet and writes alien fanfiction or something would do that. How lame.
I hopped around a tree that appeared in my way and kept running. Looking back, I saw Giroro Senpai trying hard to keep
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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