By Susan L. Lipson (fiction)

We were arrested for shoplifting, my older brother Elijah and I. But I was the one who tried to take the CD. Elijah was the one who tried to make me put it back on the shelf.

The store security guard pushed Elijah into the store manager’s office, but only nodded sternly at me and pointed to a chair. The manager, sitting behind his desk, scolded, “Choices, boys, bad choices. Ever been arrested before?”

I could feel and hear Elijah’s rage beside me, like the heat and hiss from a campfire being extinguished, the safe way, which Eagle Scout Elijah had taught me how to do. …

About

Susan L. Lipson

Author & Writing Teacher www.sllipson.com

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