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Blow/Refresh

by

Solomon Deep

A young man reflects on how divorce impacted his life the summer he got his first Nintendo... and his second... and his third. In the uncertain parental universe he traversed, the button on his 8-bit consoles allowed a reset in a world in which he had little control. The summer swam with refreshes in dreams, in love, and in life. This creative nonfiction piece is a reimagining of a nonfiction oral history recorded by the author.

Three

Changes

LoveRoseAnthonyTonyCantonese put the Nintendo back on the Want Ad. It was something about his wife, or his ex-wife, or something. We didn't see LoveRoseAnthonyTonyCantonese after that. I don't know what changed.

The refresh button didn't work on the Nintendo because it was used. The same could be said for mom, him, and his wife, I guess. It was garbage.

I would miss going out to eat when they took my sister and me.

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