September means shelter


The bullies swaggered in. Hidden, Lon watched, retaped his sneakers, and thought. 

School meant free meals, and something to sit on. Lon would pay with new bruises from the bullies, bathroom stalls and blacktop, the shame of D’s and F’s.

It was all Lon knew, so he entered, too.

Photo by Feliphe Schiarolli on Unsplash

3 thoughts on “September means shelter

  1. Poor Lon. I could see this poor boy and wished I could save him from his miserable life! Sometimes school is better than life at home, and you showed this so well. My only nitpick is the final line. I had just assumed he was already in the school when the bullies entered, as there was nothing to say he was standing outside the school, so it pulled me out a moment and I had to reread it. It’s super minor, and mostly my fault, but I thought I’d bring it up anyway.

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