Title: A Voice Inside Your Soul
Word Count: 4249
Rating: PG-13 for themes of depression and suicide.
Jonah was barely through the door when his mother called out to him. Can you sit down for a minute, we need to talk.
We need to talk. Nothing good ever follows those four words. He took a deep breath, jammed his hands in his pocket and said, “Sure thing.”
His mom was in the kitchen, bustling about mixing something in a saucepan. It smelled like hot chocolate. It was ninety-five degrees outside and his mother was making hot chocolate. She only did that for two reasons: It was actually cold, or she had something to say that required a cushion to soften the blow. Jonah tried to think of his school work; if there was anything he was slacking in bad enough to warrant a parental intervention. But no… No, he was fairly certain his grades were up to snuff. He wasn’t an ace student but he got by. Continue reading