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being “held back” by the special-ed kids, not knowing that some of the kids with autism and Asperger’s syndrome were far more advanced in math and reading. Mrs. Chase was only too glad to listen to their complaints since she’d inherited the class when she became principal the previous year and was suspicious of anything new. An oligarchy, that’s what’s running the school. Kate thought it was interesting that she and Bonnie also went to the same church. What are they teaching people at church these days, if not compassion? It was dark when the van pulled into the parking lot. The San Fernando mountains loomed behind the singlestory stucco school. Kate swung the van into the handicap space, next to an oversized SUV. Since the war, and subsequently with the accelerating cost of gas, Kate often said that the worst thing about Liam was that he came with a van. As she opened the back doors to remove her placards, she spotted the Christian fish and the “I support the troops” bumper sticker on Bonnie’s SUV. A group of mixed-aged kids were playing chase in the front courtyard. They were screaming giddily, excited to be at school when they didn’t have to attend class. Sterling mumbled something at her mother and walked toward them. Kate watched her go. Everything about her


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