The Right Mistakes

(I guess I wanted something a bit different this time.)

She is seventeen, he is eighteen, and they are waiting for the results of third test.

“I guess it is pretty definitive at this point,” he says.

“Yeah,” she replies. “So, I’m…”


Sean holds Ella’s hand.

She takes a deep breath. “We have to decide where to get an –“

“Eric,” Sean says in an odd voice.


“Eric. It’s a good name.” A goofy smile spreads on his face.

“This isn’t – “



“It’s a good name.”

“For Superman, maybe, not anybody else!”

He laughs, she laughs, and it is hours before they remember the blue stick.

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