Cubes for Mon Jan 11 2021 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The wallflower

Giann had always been a wallflower1. He wasn’t sure why he kept coming to school dances2. They ended the same for him — kicking a pebble3 to home. When he woke up4 the following day, he’d spend the first hour in self-loathing, pointing angrily5 into a mirror and calling himself names like “fungus”6.

But tonight was different. The disco ball had fallen from the ceiling and shattered7 on the floor, most of the pieces bouncing8 to remote corners of the gymnasium.

In that moment, Cindy had kept into his arms out of fear. His strong arms wrapped around her — protecting her — and her fear vanished. By chance, they had found each other and they would treasure9 that discovery forever.