A novella about a boy named Mick and his struggles with life. His parent’s divorce and a friend’s suicide make his world unbearable. Each “cut” has a deeper meaning. A cry for help.
“I spin my dad’s Ruger SP101 revolver on the wood floor of my bedroom. Sometimes, just to see what it feels like, I place the tip of the gun against my temple, but I never once pull the trigger. NO!”
“I’m more into the slice of the blade against my skin and the blood running down my arm.”
“It relieves so much pressure.”
“And I can breathe again…”
I think it’s best that I start by introducing myself. Will it be
important? I guess I’ll leave that up to you in the end. I think
introductions are the best so if I tell you who I am, then you’ll at
least know something about me, but then by the end of my story you’ll
know all about me. You’ll know why I do what I do. Why I’m going to
do what needs to be done. Should have been done…
My name is Mick, Mick Connors. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago.
I’m thirteen years old, and I have two half siblings, a brother and a
sister. I don’t see them much, but in all reality, I don’t care.
They live with my mom a couple of towns away. I’m supposed to go to my
mom’s house every other weekend, but my dad lets me stay home. He
doesn’t force me to see her. She’s the reason why they’re not
together anymore. It’s one of the reasons why I live with my dad and
not her! Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I have given you two
clues… Yep, that’s right, the half siblings.
Their divorce caught me unexpectedly. I mean… they seemed so together.
Like they knew what they were doing, but then—Wham! It was like I was
sucker-punched in the gut when they broke the news to me.
Okay, so if I look back and think about some of their fights, yeah, I
can see that they had their moments, but divorce? That’s like—final.
There’s no, “I’m just kidding”, or “We can always just rip up
the papers and act like it never happened.” No, divorce is divorce. It
means it’s over and there’s no going back. We tried, but I can’t
stand living with you anymore, so yeah, goodbye.
Seven months later, after my dad moved out, she was getting ready to
give birth to my half brother and sister. I’m not sure what surprised
me more—the divorce or the fact she cheated on my dad and got herself
pregnant. I don’t even want to think about it anymore.
Excerpted from "Help Me!" by Donna M. Zadunajsky. Copyright © 2016 by Donna M. Zadunajsky. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Donna M. Zadunajsky
Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She then has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME!, which is a subject about suicide and bullying. Her third novel Family Secrets, “Secrets and Second Chances”, which is first in a series she is writing, was given a publishing contract through California Times Publishing.
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