If You Ready
Dirk's great-grandmother's nearly a hundred years old. She's got scars all over her hands.
Someday Dirk will find out why.
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"Get from house, boy," said Dirk's great-grandmother, her accent thick.
Dirk glanced up from his game. The old woman was hunched at the doorway, steel blue eyes unsoftened by a fond, faint smile. "Get from house now," she repeated. "Cannot stay forever."
"Nana," he objected, his attention and thumbs drawn back to the tablet as the game started beeping from neglect. "I'm just--"
"Make me repeat myself?" she asked.
It took a moment, but something in her tone caught him. He exhaled frustration and put down the tablet, looking back at her wrinkled face and clasped hands with scars across the backs like webs.
"Maybe you tell me today, nana? About your hands?"