A Flight of Storks and Angels by Robert Devereaux

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And she was, even though her first time away from her parents now cast them in an odd light. They’d been strangers coming toward the bus in the school parking lot yesterday, girlish memories brought to life, every gesture emanating from them in rhythms that spoke not to what she was, but to what they believed her to be. Now the three of them were engaged in the process of matching soil to uprooted root. Her room, surprisingly small after their drive home, had improved slightly upon waking this morning.

When she regained control, she told Jeff she too had a boyfriend. His name was Ward. He was wonderful. And she was sorry she had been “mutually deceptive” in not telling Jeff about him, but now everything would be okay because she could go back to Ward, and Jeff could go back to what’s-her-face, and they would cherish the memory of what they’d had and wish each other well from a distance and it would always be this special time. Then she broke down again, and she could tell that Jeff knew she was lying about Ward.

It was a shame to have to move inside to worship God when He was so clearly present, and richly so, in nature. But, when came time, Harold allowed Thea to slip an arm through his and draw him proudly through the church doors. ***** Her dad laughed. ” June gave him a wry smile. ” “Always the serious one,” he joked. Her mother, about to remove June’s breakfast plate, set it down instead and hugged her from behind. The peach-fuzz of her mother’s chin tickled her cheek. Then a kiss, a “Love you, hon,” and she was free, delighted at the warm confines of the embrace, but liking her freedom more.

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