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"Hey June"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

“Hey June,” he’d holler, and just when the poor kid turned to look, her father would hit her in the face with the ball. Then she would cry, and he’d sneer at her that she was slow, “probably a retard”. After that, he’d go to the local pub to drink and complain about the bad luck fate had bestowed upon him. But to be honest, June did turn out a little slow, even by the little town’s fairly low standards. Even at the age of twelve she didn’t speak a word at all, although doctors couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her. She’d just stare out the window with big brown eyes, as if she wasn’t really there at all.

One day when June was catching tadpoles by the riverbank, her father passed by on his bicycle. He was already drunk in the afternoon on account of Patrick the bar owner having a new baby boy, and giving away several rounds to celebrate. Seeing June by the river gave him the idea that he’d surprise her. He made his way through the field and just as he was about to shout out “Hey June”, he slipped on the wet rocks and made a bad fall. Lying on the ground, he could feel that his body was broken in several places. Then June was standing over him, and started edging him slowly but surely into the water. He tried frantically to get a hold on a nearby rock, but June just stamped on his hand until he let go. And then, suddenly, he was in the water, thrashing about helplessly, hopelessly. “Goodbye, retard,” he heard June say, before his ears filled with water.

Text by: Wibo Kosters


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