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In 2019

First Lines

  1. One would think being treated like a daft old Betty by a police officer with mustard on his lapel would top Violet’s all-time list of humiliations.
  2. They, of all people, should have known better than to be in the cemetery as the sun set and night claimed the world.
  3. Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.
  4. Once we had a father, but our father dies without our noticing.
  5. I don’t actively want to die.
  6. My lids fluttered open, but the floodlights blinded me for a moment.
  7. A lot of women want the world to see them a certain way.
  8. She lies sprawled among the dead who carpet the frozen mud flats, time slipping past, her thoughts dissolving.
  9. At first, they blame the air.
  10. My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.
  11. Somebody’s telling lies in here, and it’s making it hard to eat.
  12. ‘We gotta turn around, Charlie.’
  13. Where does one begin?
  14. Veronyka gathered the bones of the dead.
  15. Mrs. Tiffen could play the bouzouki.
  16. When we talk about evil we tend to turn our attention to Hitler.
  17. A hundred and fifty years before, when the parochial disagreements between Earth and Mars had been on the verge of war, the Belt had been a far horizon of tremendous mineral wealth beyond viable economic reach, and the outer planets had been beyond even the most unrealistic corporate dream.
  18. Goldengrove devoured my sister every time I closed my eyes.
  19. Every year, when the long days of summer began their inevitable decline into fall, the winds of Aalwell changed direction.
  20. The island appeared first as an inky smudge on the horizon, beaded with pinholes of light against the greying sky.
  21. “The Earth trembles.”
  22. ‘My lady.‘”
  23. It’s been raining for the past three months.
  24. “I think about it a lot, how it all happened, how we came to be here.”
  25. The rain was falling sideways in the Marsh.
  26. “No boy had ever failed an Inspection.”
  27. “Nice southern girls did not make money baking penis cakes.”
  28. “Dogs were with us from the very beginning.”
  29. “All she cared about was that the pain had been taken away.”
  30. Call tells me he sees a star and that makes me laugh.
  31. “The cement mixing drum turned.”
  32. When the letter came, I was out in the fields, binding up my last sheaf of wheat with hands that were shaking so much I could hardly tie the knot.
  33. “Nadia once told me that she was kept awake at night by the idea that she would read about the end of the world on a phone notification.”
  34. The sun and moon shine alike during snowstorms.
  35. “The calming echo of a holy chant filtered down from the sanctuary and into the cellars.”
  36. Two headlights.
  37. I had my recurring dream last night.
  38. ‘You were supposed to be on watch.’
  39. “From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.”
  40. I’m gonna miss the Draft.