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  • You were my hero, Daddy. You were my favorite. I talked to you for hours every day. You were the one I turned to when I was crying, when I didn't want to eat, when I felt like I was disappearing into the Earth.

    You were my hero, once upon a time.

    I still can't quite put my finger on the moment that your hero status changed. Maybe it's when you asked me how much I charged when I was putting on eyeliner in the car. Maybe it was when you started checking my pupils every time I came home because you didn't trust me. Maybe it was when you started making jokes about me being pregnant.

    Maybe it was when you made a joke about stoning gay people while I was texting my girlfriend.

    Maybe it was then.

    You read me an article about two men in the Middle East who were stoned to death. Their heads were caved in. Caved it.

    You ended the article by telling me to get some rocks from outside.

    My heart dropped from its swing in my ribs to the pool of acid in my stomach, disintegrating within seconds.

    Then you laughed.

    You asked me if I didn't think my brother was gay. He laughed. They didn't look at me. They didn't see the fear in my eyes. They didn't do anything but laugh.

    I've never seen a superhero laugh at the fear in a person's eyes before. Not even their enemy's, so why did you laugh, Daddy? Aren't you a super hero?
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