October 27th, 2014

Books

LJ Idol Season Nine: "Apple Don't Fall"

Apple Don't Fall
lj idol season nine | week 26 | 830 words
Crabs in a barrel

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"You ain't never gonna be nothin'."

Pa rails at me, all greasy-undershirt, stink, and liquor. Pa ain't nothin', neither.

The shack we live in is broken boards and dirt, on his Daddy's Daddy's land. It ain't no farm, but for a pair of apple trees out back. The earth is rock-ridden and mean, not giving up more than an old shithouse hole and a well. The land ain't good for nothin' but shelter.

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