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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

Excerpt from Thomas Yeahpau’s short story

January 27, 2002

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From "I Remember I Was Only Fourteen (An Indian's First Love)" by Thomas Yeahpau. The short story is about a 14-year-old boy's first sexual experience, with a 13-year-old girl.

" I remember it was at this time she started talking about our future a lot. She told me she liked to plan ahead to keep her from drinking and I found it ironic because I always drank, so I didn't have to plan ahead. Her plans were to have three children with me and name them The Past, The Present and The Future. Once, she explained to me how she would abort The Past, but give birth to The Present and The Future. The Present would be all hers and she would nuture it as best as she could, but the third child, The Future, would be all mine and I had to raise it up to be beautiful and worry-free. The Future had to be better than The Present and it was all up to me to make sure it happened that way.

"When I asked her when our children were supposed to be conceived, she told me it would happen after we got out of college. I confessed that I didn't plan to go to college and it extremely offended her. She demanded to know what I did have planned and if she was involved. I told her not to worry because I would be with her as long as the sky was blue, the grass was green, the rivers flowed, and the world circled the sun. Then, I promised her the world, but it didn't distract her enough to drop the subject of college. She wanted to go to college together first and then conquer the world together. Going to college was a nice thought, but it was too far ahead of me to be thinking about because I was only fourteen."

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