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Rebuilding.: True story, written in December 2003 after our house burned down.
Posted by Isaac, Sep 18, 2008. 1850 views. ID = 1768

Rebuilding.

Posted by Isaac, Sep 18, 2008. 1850 views. ID = 1768
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True story, written in December 2003 after our house burned down.
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We stood there, surveying the charred, broken remnants of our house. Nothing stood upright any more. Metal had melted into slag, stone had cracked and crumbled, and everything else had been seared into ashes. My mother and father were absolutely silent.

The last time my mom had been there was three years ago, when she had packed all of her stuff into the Mercedes and driven off. It was the culmination of years of fighting and arguing. My brother and I were off at boarding school and college by then, but we always knew it would happen someday. Their squabbles were usually over something petty, like where to eat dinner, but they happened so frequently that we knew they had to belie a deeper incompatibility.

That seemed like so long ago. Once my mother moved out, her relationship with my father improved dramatically. My dad drives up every now and then to visit her in Fremont, and when I see them together they are happy.

A gentle rain began to fall, as if to rinse away the ashes' painful memories of fire and destruction.

"You know what?" my mom said. "I saved the Mercedes."


We drove away, laughing.

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