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Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler ePub PDF free download – The entire high school fills the church, but he’s not here. He’s not anywhere. The football team shuffles in late and leans against the back wall. A low murmur hangs in the air, the sound of sadness. His family walks in and their faces are vacant, eyes hollow. The coffin is closed. I heard it was too gruesome for an open casket and I don’t want to think about what that really means. Whispers from the row behind me are like hissing snakes, relentless and fraying my nerves. I try to tune it out, but bits and pieces worm through my ears. The accident … So young … So unfair … I close my eyes, squeezing the lids together to stop tears. When I open them, the church is blurry, like a dream, like maybe this isn’t happening. If only it wasn’t. “Stevie,” he says, his voice brittle. I grab hold of his hand, afraid if I let go, I won’t be able to stay here. I need his hand, like an anchor to my seat. “Just breathe.” I inhale deeply, but my throat catches, and my vision blurs again. One tear slides to my cheek, like a single raindrop before a storm, and then all at once it spills out of me. My chest heaves, the sobs escaping faster than I can catch them. My entire body screams, like I’m in a free fall, with no ground below.