Logan knows a lot. He knows he is 5 years old. He knows neutron stars spin 600 times per second. He knows his mother is never home.
Roman and Remus pretend a lot. They pretend they’re space pirates. They pretend school isn’t awful. They pretend their mother is home.
Emile love a lot. He loves cartoons. He loves his brothers. He loves remembering who his mother used to be.
Remy hides a lot. They hide after school in the park. They hide their failing grades. They hide how their absent mother affects them.
Virgil worries a lot. He worries about homework. He worries about his brothers. He worries that his mother will forget them one day.
Dee lies a lot. He lies about his name. He lies about his school life. He lies about an attentive mother.
Patton cares a lot. He cares about others. He cares that the boys like him. He cares that they are happy.
- Part 1 of Of the Nine Hostages
Logan and Roman are best friends. Ask anyone and they will tell you they’ve been attached at the hip for over a decade.
However, their friends believe they are meant to be even more.
But what does that even mean?
“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.”
Or Patton's Story as a Young Teen.
- Part 2 of Of the Nine Hostages