Finally Home
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Finally Home

He drank to belong, yet alcohol took him away. But the day he raised his hand, he was in

I had my first drink at a Christmas party when I was 12. It was a shot poured into a pretty little glass by my stepmother. I remember it shined like liquid gold, something only grown-ups got. My sister got one too, as did my stepbrother. I downed it fast and choked. It burned all the way down and settled like someone had lit a candle in my gut.


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