Second person works perfectly in this top literary piece. Powerful.
by Laura Besley
Everyone knows that the one thing the daughter of a single mother cannot do is get pregnant at a tender age out of wedlock. It is drummed in from very early on. ‘Yes, yes,’ you always reply and roll your eyes at your sister, who has also been hearing the same lecture for as long as she can remember.
Now, as you stand in the bathroom with a white plastic stick showing two blue lines, you hear those words over and over again running through your brain, like a mouse trapped in a wheel. And you also know that this is when it’s all still okay. This is before you have to walk down the stairs, sit at the kitchen table and try to act as calmly as possible when you tell your mum that unfortunately the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.
You expect your…
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