A Cold Snap
20.

Shinya stands up to his own bullies because he knows if his brother does it instead, things go south quite quickly.

They left marks, he said.

My pain didn't have any marks to escape through.

Takuya's bruise is long gone, now.

There's no easy answer. There isn't in life and sometimes we don't learn that till out of school and sometimes we learn it in there.

It's not fair. Life's not fair but we have to muddle through. We can't stay shut up in cages, self-imposed or otherwise.

We have voice-boxes. We can't stay silent. We have to talk. We have to scream.

We can't suffer and cry in silence forever and, really, I have been screaming for all I thought not to do just that.