The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Author:Emily X. R. Pan
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2018-03-20T00:00:00+00:00

He was so very wrong. On all counts. It was a punishment. And no, I definitely wasn’t enjoying it.

Camp Mardenn. Six weeks of hell. We lived in wood cabins, ancient and smelly, complete with plastic buckets if it rained and leaked. Every day we went out to “be with nature and make art”—I focused on the art of screaming silently.

I missed Axel and Caro desperately.

I missed my mother even more.

Was she eating? Was she shut up in the bedroom? Was Dad talking to her, maybe trying to make her laugh? She’d been totally unresponsive when I begged her to talk him out of sending me to camp. Was she any better now?

When my parents dropped me off, my mother had given me a tight and wordless hug. The pendant she always wore smashed up against my sternum; I imagined a cicada-shaped imprint in my skin, aching as it faded. I was surprised she even came. She’d spent the ride sitting slanted in the shotgun seat with her face pressed against the window. As I waved goodbye, her expression was almost apologetic. She wouldn’t meet my eyes.


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