A fifth-grade bully, a blossoming romance, a late-night crash
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Bruce McKay lives in California in a little house full of books. His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review and ZYZZYVA.
My uncle finally kicked me out, and I was living in the twenty-four-hour Kroger on Fairhaven Avenue in Tustin, California, pilfering food and sleeping at the coffee bar. One day Mr. Muniz pushed a cart through the frozen-foods section where I was fanning myself, and he stopped. I’d gotten ugly, my face wasn’t right, and I could tell he was thinking, What the hell?