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A Forgery of Roses

Jessica S. Olson

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“You’re right,” he says, his voice quiet but certain. “This anxiety will always be a part of me. It’s not going anywhere, and I’m going to have to live with it for the rest of my life. But I am not broken because of it.” The governor opens his mouth to speak, but August goes on, his grip on me tight and solid. “I’ve been apologizing to you for who I am for years, but I’m done believing the lie you’ve fed to me, the lie that says I’m less of a man because I’m not exactly like you. The lie that says I deserve less respect because I struggle.” He lifts his chin. “I’m far stronger than you’ll ever be. Because I’ve fought for every victory. Because those fights have taught me compassion and kindness. They’ve taught me to see the world for what it is, not for what I think it should be. So step aside, Father. I’m done minimizing my greatness so you can feel superior.”

“A love for books is the best indicator of a curious mind.”

“He seems to know the ache I feel. The ache of trying so hard to be something that seems impossible. Of wanting desperately to do more, be more.”

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve been trying to live up to this life he’s made for me. And I’ve come up short at every turn.”

“No matter how many paintbrushes I might use or which colors I might blend, I could never capture this moment. This moment that a past me might have found flawed. This moment that is so unutterably flawless.”

“I don’t claim to be a great Prodigy—or even a good one. But I’ve never let my own mediocrity stop me from trying.”

“Being kind is much more important than being able to give impressive speeches, and creativity is the sign of a brilliant mind.”

“You were right. Everything I’ve been doing has been all for the wrong reasons. Solely to make my parents happy. To do what was expected of me, what would make me look like less of a failure.” He lets out a slow breath. “I’m done pretending to be what the want me to be. I’m ready to live my life the way I want it.”

“You said yourself you didn’t like him.” He frowns. “Just because I didn’t like him doesn’t mean I didn’t love him. He was my brother. Surely I shouldn’t have to explain that.”

“Why are you wincing like that?” “I’m not wincing. This is just my face.”

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