American Literature

After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away

By Joyce Carol Oates

Jenna Abbott separates her existence into different types: before the wreck and after the wreck. prior to the ruin, she was once best an ordinary lifestyles together with her mother in suburban ny. After the damage, she is on my own, desirous to overlook what occurred that day at the bridge.

Then Jenna meets Crow, and her existence is once more became the other way up. He starts off to collapse the wall that Jenna has outfitted round her feelings. yet can she carry herself to stand the stories she's attempted so difficult to erase?

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What number refills: 0. five …in the dream I’m working. mother is staring at me (I appear to understand although I can’t truly see her) and at the beginning it’s the park close to our condo in Tarrytown, then it’s a song, i'm operating on a dust tune, it’s a race i'm working in, our song crew competing with ladies from one other Westchester college and mother is observing someplace from the sidelines, and I’m so satisfied I’m in a position to run quick back with no wincing at ache in my knees, or within the small of my again, my toes are flying and my strides are lengthy and guaranteed and that i can’t see the faces of the opposite ladies working round the song, I’m breathless pushing ahead—ahead! —I’m front runner! —and within the final stretch my center is thrashing not easy challenging challenging after which I’m over the end line—I am the winner of the half-mile dash, everyone is congratulating me, yet i have to locate mother, i would like mother to work out that I’ve received my race, those people are in my manner and complicated me, I don’t are looking to be hugged by way of strangers, yet the place is mother, I’m pleading, “Mom? mother? ” and with a jolt I’m wide awake, it’s a morning of vibrant acid sunlight pouring via a window and I’m conscious someplace I don’t recognize, someplace I don’t are looking to be, wakeful wishing i may sink again into scrumptious sleep, thoroughly again into the blue the place I become aware of now that mother is misplaced, yet my eyes are broad open now, the codeine has worn off leaving me unsleeping, sickish, and jittery. here's the shameful truth: I’ve by no means gained any half-mile dash in a college pageant. evidently no longer at Tarrytown Day, the place i used to be simply slightly at the song staff. mother observed me run a couple of times yet by no means something remarkable like in my dream. consistently mother used to be happy with me no matter if I got here straggling in moment to final, yet occasionally I wouldn’t inform her there has been a race, simply after-school perform. I enjoyed being at the Tarrytown tune crew with my buddies, yet I by no means cared adequate to paintings particularly demanding just like the or 3 quickest runners, those have been older women who have been type of enthusiasts competing for activities scholarships at Ivy League universities, that yes wasn’t going to be Jenna Abbott. up and about, on my ft headed for the rest room I’m feeling type of shaky. My correct knee hurts, and my head. It’s as if in my dream i used to be really working. Like in my dream i used to be exerting myself recklessly and should need to pay for it now I’m unsleeping. A style as of whatever brackish comes into my mouth: the next day to come is the 1st day of faculty at Yarrow excessive. This morning Aunt Caroline is taking me to satisfy with the valuable. whilst I fee, the codeine capsules are right down to simply . For discomfort. One capsule at bedtime. whilst I first checked into the rehab health center, i used to be taking 4 or 5 pills an afternoon. however I had loads of soreness. progressively the dosage has been reduce, and this is often the final replenish and I’m making an attempt to not be scared approximately it. The medical professional at Tarrytown Rehab stated codeine is a robust drug, and while my prescription runs out, that’s it. If i've got discomfort, i will take aspirin. it is going to be a bit tricky first and foremost, Jenna, yet you’ll get used to it, she stated, smiling at me so i started to tremble, guessing what will be in shop.

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