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86. Seeing Red
The entire time Carson has known him, Aaron has worn glasses. From what Carson has seen, the frames are always blue (Carson's pretty sure that's been Aaron's favorite color since birth), and they are always top of the line. Even as a child, Aaron was vain enough to brag about them. When Carson first met Aaron, when they were only five, he had never seen glasses beforenot on anyone he cared about, at leastso the spectacles absolutely fascinated him, much to Aaron's disdain.
It was because he didn't understand them, Carson's pretty sure. Aaron told him that they helped him see; that he was far-sighted, so sometimes reading would give him terrible headaches that the glasses would prevent. This didn't mean much to Carson, however. It just meant Aaron had something he didn't, and he wanted them.
So he stole them on a regular basis.
'Stole' was probably too malicious a word. It turned into a game for the two of them: Carson tried to snatch the spectacles, and Aaron did his best t
For some reason, Rosette had never been afraid of the dark. In fact, she embraced the comfort the shadows brought, wrapping around her and shielding her away from the world of light. The comfortable darkness of an unlit room or even the darkness behind her eyelids was able to put Rosette at ease more so than any remedy or person. Even Joshua, the little brother she held above all else, could not comfort as the night could.
Because in the darkness, she could pretend everything was okay. She could close her eyes and imagine that she and her brother were not at an orphanage, but at a castle. She craned her neck to hear the footsteps of one of her maids, bustling in with a luxurious dress found only in fairy tales. A dress meant for her and only her. She could picture herself sitting at a plentiful banquet. She would be eating plenty, as Rosette was never one to skimp on a meal. Her brother would be laughing and sitting next to her while her parents, who would not be dead, sat on the other