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Public SpeakingI have no problem with public speaking.
(I used to. Oh, man, I used to.)
It's easy to stand up in front of a group of any size.
(I took a communications class in high school.)
All I have to do is clear my throat,
(The class was mandatory, we had no choice.)
and straighten my back.
(We got to pick a topic at the end of the year,)
Then I speak as loudly as I need to,
(I chose color theory.)
so that everyone can hear me.
(I researched everything,)
People are usually polite,
(Scared as I was,)
and they listen to what I have to say.
(I thought that I could manage it.)
It's calming to have the command of the room.
(But when it was my turn to speak,)
When people aren't polite,
(a boy in the back started to loudly mock me.)
I can coolly and calmly ask them for their attention.
(I wasn't cool or calm about it,)
They quiet down because it is the right thing to do.
(and I started to cry and panic.)
And then I can
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
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