Brother No More

  • Chapter 1

  • George

    We buried Mary on a Sunday.

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  • She looked pretty in her best white dress.

  • Mama tied pink ribbons in her black hair.

  • My sweet sister Mary, all wrapped up in pink and white.

  • Like a gift to the angels.

  • You couldn’t see the hole in the back of her head.

  • George

    But we all knew it was there.

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  • It was a nice service.

  • All of Mama’s friends came.

  • All of Mary’s friends came, too.

  • None of my friends came.

  • I knew they wouldn’t.

  • George

    I was glad they didn’t.

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  • A lot of people sent flowers.

  • The workers at Mama’s factory.

  • The teachers at Mary’s school.

  • Even the kids in the neighborhood.

  • Big bunches of dandelions.

  • George

    They were all that grew in the heart of the city.

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