THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 72

Everyone Went Silent

“But who’s they?”
I asked.
Curiosity overtook me
in pounding waves.
I had to know.
Gary opened his mouth
to tell me, but the shriek
of a microphone interrupted him.
The assembly was finally starting.
Our principal stepped up to introduce
the guest speaker, a parent
of one of the kids who died
in the Columbine High School massacre.
When they heard those words,
Columbine High School,
everyone went silent
as if their voices had been sucked
out of the room by a vacuum.
Gary turned to me.
“This is gonna be deep.”
The guest speaker was already crying.

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