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100 Words Writing Prompt – #343 (Lights)

Title: In This Moment
Prompt: Lights
Source: 100 Words Prompt #343 – Velvet Verbosity
This was post-examination result-release for my brother. I was once there too, anxiously in the classroom waiting for my results slip to be released… but I was a lucky one. He wasn’t. Here’s what happened next.

In the aftermath, everyone is sleepless. Next door, she hears the sound of metal-clash, knowing her brother is burying his anguish in video games; outside, Father sits on the sofa, Mother in the bedroom. Both are in almost-catatonic, worried shock.
After a few years, she hopes that they will look back and laugh, calling it a minor setback. But tonight, her browser is filled with tabs on Clearing and foundation courses, frantic to relieve the despair of having missed grades. She stays awake even as the home finally goes dark at 5AM, and whispers a prayer in the dark.

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