Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide and seek

Ready or not, here we come.
Jett's jacket screeches on the concrete wall behind me.
The trees shake, pointing to our hiding spot.
Don't cough. Don't even breathe. 
Am I going to be the first found? 
Imagine you are in a spiky bush, 
you can't move or breathe.
The teachers muttering mutes me.
They are closing in on us. I say in my head she grows near. 
I have never seen Ari so hushed before.
I can feel my heart in my chest rebounding
every time I breathe.
And I just had to cough - I let it go.
I hear the footsteps gain volume “Found you.”
I yell “Gucci mano!”  
The game was over.

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