under the flower

october 2022
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(Schehl Household Profile)
Delaney Schehl (59 years), Jared (58 years), Lizzie (7 years)

narrated by: Jared

Delaney’s sixtieth birthday is next year, and she says she’s ready to retire. Unfortunately, we can’t quite afford to, we still have Lizzie to put through college, not to mention Lauren who is currently attending Eastborough. We have been on opposite shifts for our entire marriage, and we are both over it, but I don’t see an end in sight.

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life starting with goodbye

june 2021
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(Gonzales Household Profile)
Cesar Gonzales (30 years), Ella Carver (9 years), Marisol (3 years), Manuel (3 years)

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He still can’t believe that any of this has happened. He wakes in the morning in his same bed, but a new room, and he feels disoriented, a sickness growing in his stomach as his mind struggles to remember before it hits full force. Annie is dead; Annie died. How can that even be? His mind struggles to deny it, is this one of the phases people always talk about? He wonders objectively, distracting himself from the panic inducing pain that hits him straight in the gut, whenever she comes to his mind. He can’t accept it, yet everything about his reality screams it to be true.

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strong in the center

june 2021
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(Carver Household Profile)
Annie Carver (31 years), Ella (9 years), Manuel (3 years), Marisol (3 years)

It had been official two years now, since the twins first birthday, and she lost the court case with Ella’s Dad. Cesar had funded her fight to keep full custody, while the social worker Kenzie fought against her. She didn’t stand a chance against Kenzie, who claimed to have the best interest of Ella in mind.

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and then there were twins

january 2018
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Cesar Gonzales (27 years), Annie Carver (28 years), Ella (6 years)

Another one begins, Cesar is occupying Dr. Morgan, and neither are paying attention to the monitor’s zipping noises as it charts my contraction. The twins’ heartbeats slow when a contraction comes, like it’s squeezing them too tight to breath, but in this case, for their hearts to beat. It always pops back up to one hundred and fifty beats a minute right after though so Morgan isn’t concerned over it.

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