Angela

  • Chapter 1

  • Angela (Narrator)

    It started because somebody wanted a tuna sandwich.

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  • In our tiny but neat living room, Charlie spread out on the sofa and sighed dramatically.

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    Charlie

    “I’m so hungry,”

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    she said.

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    Charlie

    “I haven’t eaten since last night.”

  • Angela (Narrator)

    Judy and Becky gasped in unison— and also in admiration.

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  • Charlie was one of those limelight-loving kids with parents who were so hipster, they decided to give their daughter a boy’s name.

  • Patting her stomach, if you could even call it a stomach, Charlie demanded a sandwich.

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    Angela

    “I have turkey,”

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    I offered.

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    Charlie

    “No, no.

  • I don’t eat meat.

  • Do you have tuna?”

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    So there I was, two minutes later, at the doorway to the even smaller kitchen.

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  • The girls’ fast-paced chatter, despite being only two yards behind me, seemed to fade away.

  • Instead, the kitchen’s dingy white walls and oak brown cupboards pressed intensely into my vision.

  • Oh gosh, the kitchen.

  • Angela (Narrator)

    Ma wouldn’t be home for another two hours.

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  • It should be okay, right?