THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 10

The Girl

She’s blond.
The way her tongue darts out to wet her lips
reminds me of a lizard,
so I privately call her Liz.
Her front teeth look serrated,
and she nicknames her zits.
“This one is called test on Friday.
This one is called homecoming dance.
This one is called PMS.
I name them after
what causes them.”
She’s weird,
yet unashamed to be weird.
I want to be like Liz.
We turn to smile at each other
after something funny happens in class,
and I wondered if she has a nickname for me.
I’d like to hear it someday.

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