Battle: A Short Story: Part I

Seven-year-old Anna flashes me a gap-toothed grin. I smile back, and then remembere how she’d lost her two front teeth.

She came to us like that, four years old and stumbling wide-eyed from a broken home. She hadn’t known what she was capable of — only what she was leaving behind: neglectful parents, vicious siblings, and bullies at school who routinely used her as a punching bag — one day pushing her so hard…



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Brooke Schwartz

Professional writer, editor, and tutor; social justice advocate; Orthodox Jew; dedicated Grammar Auror