by Lori R. Lopez
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Copyright © 2012 by Lori R. Lopez
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We’re all in this alone. — Lily Tomlin
THEY WERE FREAKS. They were also his family. Who incidentally thought he was the oddball, the abnormal one. Perhaps due to his lot as the youngest of six brothers. The fact that his noggin had an oval design where the rest were blockheads. His sandy hair was kinked when theirs was straight. His eyes blue-gray, while the others reflected the sapphire-emerald of the sea.
Such differences, these subtle variations as a whole seemed slight, the moderate distinctions within a bloodline. But it was enough to set him apart, to make him feel separate and be treated as if he didn’t belong. Oh, they bullied him, they tormented him like big brothers. Maybe a trifle too often and enthusiastic.