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The Tears She Cried By: Caroline Mitchell Prequal: There’s a knocking at the door, steady and rhythmic. Even from my room, up the stairs and through a closed door, I can still hear the heavy bangs of fists on wood. The world slows, and a realization I have never experienced sets in. A new way of seeing the world. Of what I’ve done. “What did you do?” I text my friend frantically. No reply. More knocks than the creek of a door. I rush out of my room, holding my arms to my chest, comforted by the warmth of my hoodie. When I get into the hall, I see my dad standing in front of me, the harsh overhead lights contrasting the shadows from the pitch black of the rest of the house. Bags are under his eyes and his hair is messy. He looks annoyed, but also worried. “Annalise, what’s going on?” he asks, a yawn accompanying the question. “I-I don’t know,” I manage to stutter out through quick breaths. He’s going to find out. Maybe he’ll just go back to bed. More knocks. Shit . “Who’s at the door at two in the morning?” Anger is more present in his voice now. It reminds me of the way he talks when my sisters are fighting. “Probably just some kids ding-dong-ditching,” I say quickly, trying to convince him to not open the door. He switches on the lights that illuminate the stairs down to the main floor. That single sound of the light switch echoes over and over again in my head. I’m starting to get another headache. I press the palms of my hands into my temples, attempting to subside the pounding that is rattling my skull. With every step my dad takes down the stairs, another rush of pounding takes over my head. It mimics the beating of my heart. I can hear it in my ears. I can feel it in my toes. I quickly force myself to ignore the pounding and follow my dad down the stairs. I pull my arms tighter around myself, trying to hide. To disappear. More knocks. My dad grumbles to himself as he approaches the front door. I stay hidden behind a wall, my head just barely peeking out so that I can know what’s happening.
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