Ignite Me(Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi

ONEI am an hourglass.My seventeen years have collapsed and buried me from the inside out. My legs feel full of sand and stapled together, my mind overflowing with grains of indecision, choices unmade and impatient as time runs out of my body. The small hand of a clock taps me at one and two, three and four, whispering hello, get up, stand up, it’s time towake upwake up“Wake up,” he whispers.A sharp intake of breath and I’m awake but not up, surprised but not scared, somehow staring into the very desperately green eyes that seem to know too much, too well. Aaron Warner Anderson is bent over me, his worried eyes inspecting me, his hand caught in the air like he might’ve been about to touch me.He jerks back.He stares, unblinking, chest rising and falling.“Good morning,” I as**sume. I’m unsure of my voice, of the hour and this day, of these words leaving my lips and this body that contains me.I notice he’s wearing a white button-down, half untucked into his curiously unrumpled black slacks. His shirtsleeves are folded, pushed up past his elbows.His smile looks like it hurts.I pull myself into a seated position and Warner shifts to
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