He Has Gentle Hands

A blind boy contemplates the arrival of his newborn sibling without favor based off the whispered experiences of a school bully.

Edward Said

"Is it true you do not spank me because I am blind?"

Father said nothing. Only his breathing sounded as Miles' heart sank. It was true, after all. It was not love; it was because he was blind. Disabled. Different. 

The Barn

Virgin vaguely recalled exchanging a rake for his fishing pole.

Pa folded his arms as Virgin's shoulders slumped.

Burning Heart

He was ten years old and already running from the blaze on the horizon where his parents and siblings, servants and friends burned in the flames.

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