Prologue (They Warned Us..)
They warned us about strangers and walking the streets at night alone, they said that the boys were trouble and only after one thing.
They stressed the dangers of the glass bottles and the effects of nicotine and the consequences of talking back or showing disrespect. They nervously repeated how we were never to get into the car of someone we didn’t know, we weren’t allowed to be out past 10pm, we were taught that what to do in case of a fire, an earthquake, a lockdown...
But they forgot to tell us about the cost of regret, the way guilt will eat away at you until there’s nothing left, how good people don’t always do the right things. No one told us that there are people who will go out of their way to cause you misery, that promises aren’t guarantees, that authority doesn’t mean someone deserves your respect, that people don’t always mean what they say, and that just because you love someone doesn’t mean you belong with them.