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name. “Bonnie Dowd,” Mrs. Chase read next. And again. “I’m happy to announce next year’s president will be Bonnie Dowd!” Mrs. Chase hugged Bonnie. There was a loud cheer. Kate stood up. She took the brake off the wheelchair and moved, not at all sure where she was going. People were looking at her and then quickly looking away. From the corner of her eye, she saw Bonnie embrace Neil. Bonnie’s leg went up and back, bent at the knee. There was something familiar to Kate about how she felt, something to do with Liam. Fear? Disappointment? Foolishness? A lack of power or equity? She felt naked to her core. The principal was still talking. Someone may have even called her name. Neil? At the door, she turned around to edge Liam over the door. She saw Bonnie whispering to a few women, looking her way. Kate pulled the wheelchair though her body did not feel like her own. Sterling walked up. “I’ll push him, Mom.” The night air felt like a slap, and not an unwelcome one. Some kids were outside playing. Their echoing shouts and screams reminded Kate of all the things she’d lost in her life. Sterling parked her brother’s wheelchair on the grass, sat next to him on a cement wall. After a few


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