Extractions [short story]

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Spring 2012


Dad buys me a How to Survive in College book off eBay. He crosses out an old inscription and writes a new one: For Doug. This is probably lame. Sorry, Dad.

The book tells me that I am akin to a budding plant. This sounds dirty, but what the book means is that I'm about to go through a pivotal stage in my life. A period of growth. I need sunlight and water and oxygen, which translates in their analogy to things like textbooks and studying and diversity. I need to go toward the light, but I need to watch out because other plants will try to block me from obtaining assorted nutrients. I lose the analogy here.

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