"I hope there are undercurrents of hope as well." As a teacher, myself, I can affirm that where there is a teacher, there is hope. It is our business, isn't it, my friend? Such a hard topic you took on. Everything about this piece works in my opinion. You told us a little more about who Justin is.
I’m just glad the student was willing to ask for help! There’s the hope.
Great story Justin! In the times that we are in, I'm sure that is a common practice.
Tre is a lucky young man. Really good story and writing, Justin!
Great story. Poetry, a good teacher, and a willing student lays the foundation of hope
We never really know what a person is dealing with. Unless we ask and they tell us. Powerful writing.
"I don’t know why, but I wish Mom would sing like she used to."
Powerful and all too common in the real world. Really well done Justin. I'm so thankful for the empathy teachers possess and share with their students. Just one thing, if I may - vodka is odorless. Perhaps it was a cloud of cheap bourbon.
Lot of depth in such a quick read!
Well done. It's a sad fact that there are many kids who suffer silently.
Harrowing stuff - feels like it could be the start of something good
Excellent story, I love how you got so much into just a few words.