itwod, chapter sixteenIf Cherry comes too close she imagines she will fall like Icarus did, burning wings against the light of something too large to grasp. She tells herself that this is the reason she still doesn’t engage with Lucky despite a yearning so great it makes the inside of her chest feel coated with lead (and while the logical parts of her vast mind find this comparison ridiculous, she supposes that logic occasionally has to give way for such poetry when it comes to feelings). She tells herself that this is why she stays behind at school most days, watching her friends walk home without her while she focuses on her extracurricular activities, on her tutoring sessions with Josh.itwod, chapter sixteen by boethiahs
Imagining that isolating herself will be the key to eradicating the festering wrongness inside of her, Cherry makes her world be about small and simple things. About how her breaths are restricted by the metal cage she has put herself in, about helping Josh, about assisting her mother, about her studies. Makes it ab
itwod, chapter fifteen“It’s big”, Rylee says when she and her dad get out of the car at the ranch south of town, its fields spread out in the valley between Round Hill and Black Mountain.itwod, chapter fifteen by boethiahs
“Bigger than it looks”, Bianca replies with a shrug as the two girls’ parents walk on ahead. “It would’ve been enough for a couple of horses, though.”
“I feel kind of guilty, you know?”
Rylee looks over at the other girl, surprised at the conversation taking such a sudden turn and unsure of what to say because people don’t come to her with the things that weigh them down; they talk to people like Vivi and Lucy and maybe Cherry but not her. “It’s not your fault”, she tries.
“Nah, I know. Still. It’s hard not to when I know that if I hadn’t had EDS, mom would be able to have something she’s wanted since she was my age. It just... kind of sucks that she can’t live here becau
itwod, chapter 14The mountain-hunched world slips by as Cherry and her parents drive north on Route 285, snow covering the wide plains where both trees and houses are few and far between. Cherry is glad for it because it makes the skies look so unbelievably vast, as though there is no limit to the quiet emptiness around her - as though the world is not huge and loud and frightening, as though she will always exist in this silence with her thoughts on Rayleigh scattering and the Precambrian metamorphic rock that forms the core of the continent, raised into sharp peaks millions of years before.itwod, chapter 14 by boethiahs
Her skies are not obscured by trees until they pass Jefferson, and once they reach Bailey the plains have been replaced by forest. Cherry has lowered her gaze by then, not quite so captivated by woods and houses, her focus lying on the few mentally challenging games she keeps on her phone until Conifer, too, passes by the car windows and they begin to approach Denver three hours after leaving Fairplay.