` 33 : Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle
"Tess is a child, and like any child she has fears.  She is afraid of sirens and lightning and words she doesn’t understand (eclectic, infinity, precocious).  She is afraid of falling off the earth.  Some nights after dinner, she crawls through the house on her hands and knees, gripping the carpet with her fingernails.  Her father says that she will not fall off the earth, that falling off the earth is impossible.  Tess repeats the word slowly, tasting the slant and dip of each letter: impossible.”

33 : Boys and Girls Like You and Me by Aryn Kyle

"Tess is a child, and like any child she has fears.  She is afraid of sirens and lightning and words she doesn’t understand (eclectic, infinity, precocious).  She is afraid of falling off the earth.  Some nights after dinner, she crawls through the house on her hands and knees, gripping the carpet with her fingernails.  Her father says that she will not fall off the earth, that falling off the earth is impossible.  Tess repeats the word slowly, tasting the slant and dip of each letter: impossible.”

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