Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more? Has she lost her soul? Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world. The world of teenage angst and Calculus. But can she trust people again? Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school. Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school.
I get in her car and take a deep breath. I’m out of there finally. She drives for an hour to the next big city for gas and food. I can finally eat some real food, so I go a little overboard. I eat what I assumed would be a lethal dose of meat. I’m proud to say meat didn’t claim my life. I can’t tell if I have a buzz from the grease or the sugar. I’m drinking my third vanilla coke. It’s filling me up with joy only coke can fix.
Olive fills me in on our house, it’s going up for sale soon. They spray painted offensive slurs on our house, like “Weiner Beaner” and “Germexican”. People lack creativity if that is all they can come up with. She doesn’t ask me too many questions, our conversations remain balanced between facts and pop culture—mostly on her part. I don’t know half the people she is rambling about, but I know she is keeping the focus on anything else but the elephant in the car.
Our drive after eating is quiet enough because we ran out of safe topics to talk about in the restaurant. Even though the car keeps moving I still feel stuck back in that tiny white room. I am so lost in thought that I didn’t notice Olive asked me something. “Huh?” I shake bad thoughts from my head.
Josefina Gutierrez is a Young Adult eBook author and a forever student. Josefina writes Young Adult Multicultural, Sci-fi, and Fantasy literature in her free time when she’s not embarking on adventures with her son and gnomes Fitzgerald and Bartholomew. Josefina’s current projects in the works are a New-Adult fiction eBook and a Fantasy dystopian eBook, the first in a series, due out in 2015.
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