THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 80

Drenching Rain

We all waited outside for
the afternoon buses
(which arrived late because of
drenching rain).
Even through the downpour,
I saw Lindsey run up to my crush
and fling her arms around him in a hug.
My fists curled into knots of jealousy
until I saw that he didn’t embrace her back.
Only because his arms were loaded
with books
and an umbrella.
I stood in the rain and tried to relax my fists,
but they wouldn’t loosen.
Lindsey huddled under the umbrella
with my crush. The smile on her face
broke through every cloud,
shimmered through rain.

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