“They say his disorder makes him charming, makes it easy for him to fake normalcy……”   

There is a common saying that “there is more to things than meets the eye.” That saying fits well with the situation of Mickey and his sister.

I hate it when my brother Mikey must go away. My parents try to explain to me that he has to leave because he’s sick. They say that I am lucky to have a brain where all the chemicals flow to their destinations like an undammed river.

I tell them I am bored without my brother to play with; they reply that his boredom is worse than mine. According to them, he spends every minute of his life in a dark room in an institution.

I always beg for them to give him one last chance. Of course they did, at first. Mikey has been back home several times now, each shorter than the other. Every time without fail it starts again. The neighbor’s cat with gouged eyes shows up in his toy chest. Dad’s cigars get missing. Some ‘unknown person’ replaces Mom’s vitamin pills with dishwasher tablets.

My parents are hesitant now. … They would not give any last chance. They say his disorder makes him charming.  It makes it easy for him to fake normalcy to trick the doctors to think that he is ready for rehabilitation. I’ll have to put up with my boredom if it means staying safe from him.

I HATE IT WHEN CHARLIE GOES AWAY. I CANNOT PLAY THE PRANKS I ENJOY. I HAVE TO PRETEND TO BE GOOD UNTIL HE GETS BACK.

Submitted by horrorinpureform

Categories: fiction

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