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By Jen Knox
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From the author: Jeff will be my first arrest. I don’t dislike the guy, but it’ll be easy, make me look tough out of the gate. The first arrest is a big deal, and I happen to know that Jeff will break the law any given day he finds breath in his lungs.


Jeff will be my first arrest. I don’t dislike the guy, but it’ll be easy, make me look tough out of the gate. The first arrest is a big deal, and I happen to know that Jeff will break the law any given day he finds breath in his lungs.

I hear his muffled voice through the wall. Jeff and Mom have been arguing for hours. If they don’t stop fighting now, we’ll miss confession, which is only a few-hour window today. Mrs. Johnson will probably take our spot. She likes to go in for seconds, which slows things down, and I sometimes wonder if she confesses about taking away from others’ confession time.

Truth is, I’m not a huge fan of church, but unloading in exchange for a softly phrased directive feels a lot healthier than bemoaning the world and feeling bad later, and I’d like to confess how little I’m looking forward to the rest of the day. That’s a horrible thing to confess because there’s a fundraiser later for kids who are far worse off than me, but all I can think about is how...

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