JAILBREAK! I roared, swiping their outstretched hands and sprinting past. They scattered from the stoop. The sleepy night churned alive with shouts and curses, flashlight beams, steaming breath. I flattened my body against rock in a shallow bed at the yard’s edge. I gulped in air to slow my galloping heart, afraid it would give me away. But I was proud of the escape. I was not fast, and I was fat; I who was deliberate, I who played by keeping hidden, had freed them. I closed my eyes and fantasized it wasn’t just our palms that grazed.

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