17: “Much like Dolly Parton, she has chosen big hair over everything”

When Joey was ten years old, he saw Vinny’s life begin. They were at a family reunion, standing outside in their grandparents’ backyard behind their weather-worn bungalow. Vinny had been twelve at the time, so his life had technically begun long before, but this, Joey felt, was the official start. Vinny’s father, Joey’s Uncle Tony, […]

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41: “Party’s here!”

Joey and Robin stopped on their way to Gord’s party at a liquor store so Robin could buy some beer. Joey, who already had a bottle of his nona’s homemade wine and a bottle of vodka with him, waited outside the store for Robin to pay and leave. He was just minding his own business, […]

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17: “All of them are stupid”

Joey was in crisis. Not really. He’d been in real crises before. One time, he’d nearly drowned in a partially frozen river. Months before that, he’d been slashed across the chest by an enormous thug with a knife. His current situation was significantly less of a crisis than either of those had been, and yet […]

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25: “Then your internal body temperature is the same as hot lava”

One week into October, Oscar hosted himself a birthday party at his swelteringly hot apartment. The heat had eased slightly since the temperature outside had begun to drop, but having several people crammed into his small apartment didn’t as such help to keep the temperature cool. Dick had dressed in layers specifically. Somewhere along the […]

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