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    A year later his homeroom teacher notices the bruises on Lance’s arms and calls CPS. He’s held in a white room with an X-box and child friendly games while his parents argue with the care worker. He trusts his parents and he’s not stupid. He knows what’s happening while he beats Donkey Kong. His mother and father grab him two hours later after his physician comes to explain the situation. Apparently, it’s a frequent occurrence for parents who abuse their children to blame it on the skin-to-skin soulmate marks. Lance feels a little sick when his father explains the situation to him.
    The year after that he gets the cuts. Thin red lines going across his right and left wrists alternatively, disappearing after a day or two depending on the severity of the injury. Lance is twelve years old and he knows about this stuff. Knows what it means and how his soulmate must feel to cause it. He cries alone in his room until his older brother storms in and demands he comes down to dinner. The resulting talk removes the boy’s appetite.

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  9. 13 Nov 2018

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    Abused keith, Marcus that asshole brother of lances

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  19. 17 Sep 2018

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    More than their quirks or their looks Keith remembers the feelings of abandonment. The hollow ache he held in his chest every day he woke up to screaming form both kids and adults alike. Five years later, fifteen days after his ninth birthday he’s adopted out to a seemingly well off family looking for the child they can’t conceive themselves. Keith is happy to be wanted.

    He feels stupid a month after the parents agree to foster him. It’s clear they only wanted the government issued checks so they chose the oldest boy they could get in hopes of a quiet, well behaved child that could essentially take care of himself. They got what they wanted. Keith learned to care for himself quickly. Bread and peanut butter were kept well stocked being the cheapest they could spend on him and still consider it food.

    He remembers endless days of peanut butter sandwiches and milk for lunches. The teachers at his school gave him funny looks but never commented on his poor lunch. He’d be offended if they did. He tried hard to make the best sandwiches he could.

    The abuse started in his eleventh year of life. He’d been with his foster parents for two years now, an extended stay he wouldn’t have had if he’d lived in a larger town with more available host families. The man started staying home from work, calling in sick, more and more often until it became a financial crisis in the household. The woman began yelling at him to make money and eventually found her own full-time job. Keith quietly watched as the couple fell apart. The man seemed to grow more and more frustrated and Keith had asked a simple, easy question at the wrong time. He’d received a hand across his face, the man’s small wedding ring scrapping across his check. Keith hid in his room for the next few days. The man never apologized for it.

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    Just great

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