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The Spoiler

I’m curled up in the big arm chair in the living room reading a book that my father recommended. I’ve been pleasantly surprised, thus far , and am waiting for the end of the chapter before putting the book down and searching out a snack.

“What page are you on?” My mother pauses in the doorway.

“258,” I reply, not looking up.

“Has Edwin* hanged himself yet?”

I stop reading. I mark my place and set the book down. “No,” I reply, my voice dangerously calm. “Edwin has not hanged himself yet.”

My mother’s mouth forms a surprised little “o” and she beats a hasty retreat.

For the next fifteen years, whenever I need to tip the scales in my favour, I bring up the event. It doesn’t earn me a free pass in everything but it’s a powerful card to play.

The spoiling of a good book brings with it a unique sort of guilt.

* names have been changed to avoid panic.
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