By Richard Sevcik
Copyright 2012 by Richard Sevcik
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“Mike I'm so excited for you! You graduated today. It's not very often you talk about your school. ” Tera said following Mike into his room and sitting at his desk like she normally did when he tutored her.
Mike sat on the edge of his bed and smiled, “It's not very often I get to share news of school with anyone. ”
“I know Mike. I'm sorry you had to pay the price for your parents happiness.” Tera said giving Mike a wry smile.
“They wanted a girl, not a boy. It's not that uncommon for parents have to give up the first born if they want a second chance to have a boy or girl.” Mike answered in a rehearsed statement.
“Doesn’t that make you mad?” She asked with a slight frown.
The bed creaked as he laid back on it smiling, “I would have been mad if they had, had another boy.”
She smiled as she watched him look blankly up at the ceiling. His short brown hair always neatly in place, his blue eyes locked on some spot on the ceiling. His face in the eight years she’d known him had gone from boyishly soft into a young mans handsome face. She had always liked coming into Mike’s room. It was not the fact that is was always neat and clean, but it had his smell.
It wasn't very often that she got to talk to Mike's parents about him, but on one rare occasion his mom once told her that from the time they gave him up, the government paid for his furniture, his cloths, and gave them a monthly food stipend. She could tell that it wasn’t something she wanted to talk about and quickly changed the subject. It was Holly, Mike’s sister, that was her main source of information, and she tried not to be obvious when asking questions. She would sometimes see a man in a dark suit come and walk around the house and if there was something he didn’t like, it had to be changed not questions asked. She was pretty sure it was always the same man that came to inspect the house. The man had even talked to her once when she showed up during one of his visits. He was a nice man and asked her name and asked how Mike’s parents treated him. She remembered him smiling a lot; it was probably because she was so nervous she had started stuttering.