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The truck cut me off so quickly I donโ€™t even remember reacting. Something instinctual in me turned the wheel. It was too sharp. As soon as the car went airborne, the first thing I felt was a strange sense of serenity. They always tell you time slows down when these things happen, and for once, they are right. Time slows down, sounds cease, and everything is surrounded in weightlessness. I knew it was rolling onto its side because I felt my hair shifting across my back. Strand by strand the  ...

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A Half Hour into My day on a Thursday Morning on a Florida Highway

Itโ€™s 9:20 in the morning. At this point I have been awake for 19 minutes. I am in the car, listening to country music, and I have already broken a sweat. Its 87 degrees outside. Its 9:20 in the morning. Katie sings along quietly in the seat next to me. She is wearing a maroon tank top that belongs me. A maroon tank top that on me is as tight as skin, but sits loosely on her bony shoulders and bunches around her skinny waist. its dark red and her white skin come together almost violently.  ...

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