If you haven't had a chance to get into the novel, D.N.A.-Nothing Would Ever Be The Same, hop over and flip through the pages of the main character, Debney N. Armstrong. As a recently orphaned teen, she has a lot to share and insights that may be of aid to others.
This is her latest entry:
I just had to write this:
These are my most important selfies ever. From now on, I will never look at myself and see a big belly teen. Today, I totally got it. After seeing the baby on the sonogram, seeing how big, how human, he has gotten, being told he could be here at anytime...I totally got it.
He looked so real, like a- a baby. All of these months I thought of the little being brutalizing my insides as, I have to be honest, a hindrance and an alien. No more than gas pains and cramps. But today, when he moved his tiny fingers, scratched his ear, I wanted to grab him through the glass of the monitor, place him near my heart and squeeze his little body.
I never imagined wanting something so much.
From this day forward, I will never see him as anything less than, my baby.
The woman's gaze scoured up and down Debney’s bikini-clad body in revulsion, the look filled with so much venom it caused Debney to move behind the kitchen island to protect herself. She had seen the woman’s volatile temper many times, seen her
lose control and throw things, but this time she looked as if she were about to explode.
"I didn’t come here to be social, Debney Armstrong. I came here to make it plain how pissed off I am. I talked to Giant all night last night and ate him up more before he went off to practice this morning. It took everything within me to keep me from coming here last night and bitch you out."
Debney took a sip of water. Looking over its top at the angry woman, she thought about telling her of the restraint it took within herself to keep from telling her how much Gianté hated being called ‘Giant’. Instead she lowered the bottle and licked her lips before answering.
"Is that all you're going to say, 'okay', as if it means nothing to you?
Are you so much like your cold-hearted bitch of a mother that you don’t give a damn about the feelings of others?"
Debney choked and coughed violently at the unexpected causticcomment, but was stopped from making a response by the continued verbal assault.
"Don't bother to answer. Nuts never fall far from their tree. How could you just jump on a plane and leave the country? By yourself it would have just been your business, but to take the children of caring families with you is outrageous. Are you crazy?"
"Ooookay, aren’t you supposed to be the adult here and give constructive criticism?" She watched the other woman's brow lift a little at the rebuke, and it gave her courage. She had never been one to back down from a full-frontal verbal attack. "Isn’t this supposed to be the part where you tell me things will be alright or say something to ease the fears I am having?" Folding her arms in a more relaxed fashion, she smiled a little. "Aren’t you supposed to be the guiding light to my wayward, youthful ways?"
"Wha....that’s not true. What happened got out of control. It was a huge mistake. I can’t tell you how much I regret it."
"Please, girl, you're damned delusional."
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