THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 365


After the last day of school,
Liz and I walked
down the sidewalk
by the building.
I stopped in front of the entrance.
“Aren’t you glad the year’s over?”
Liz asked.
I looked at her, but words
wouldn’t come.
I loved the school
more than any normal person should.
But I could not save it.
Caution tape ribboned the shell of the library,
the storage building had been demolished.
The campus was still a repository
for the archives of countless memories,
and still more
had yet to be made.
“Yes and no.”
“How profound,” Liz said sarcastically.
“I’d think an archivist
would have more words.”
Sometimes you don’t need words.

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When Lindsey returned
from the hospital
to finish the year
at our school,
everyone treated her differently.
They no longer teased her
or tiptoed around her
as if she would attack.
She sat beside me at lunch
and said,
“You know, everyone
thinks you’re my hero now.”
I shrugged.
“I didn’t do it to be a hero.”
Lindsey put her head on my shoulder.
“I’m sorry,” she said.
“Honestly sorry.
For treating you like shit
and stealing your crush
and kicking your ass
and being a bitch.”
I looked at her arms.
The burns were still there,
but the self-inflicted scars
had faded.

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One week later,
the incident was still
the most talked-about story
in the school.
The library and storage building
had been destroyed
beyond repair.
Maddy and Amanda
tried to kill Lindsey
because they hated her
for no real reason.
Only because she differed from them.
They hated me, too—
because I could not hate her.
West Campus would be too nice
of a punishment for them.
Lindsey lived.
Gary said, and I quote,
“What kind of merciful goddess
are you?”
and literally bowed to me in his odd, funny way.
My ex-crush said nothing.

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