Aside

“Ohh,’ said the girl with a sad tilt of her head.

It was a response Sejal would hear a lot in the following weeks and which she would eventully come to understand meant, ‘Ohh, India, that must be so hard for you, and I know because I read this book over the summer called The Fig Tree (which is actually set in Pakistan but I don’t realize there’s a difference) about a girl whose parents sell her to a sandal maker because everyone’s poor and they don’t care about girls there, and I bet that’s why you’re in our country even, and now everyone’s probably being mean to you just because of 9/11, but not me although I’ll still be watching you a little too closely on the bus later because what if you’re just here to kill Americans?’

There was a lot of information encoded in that one vowel sound, so Sejal missed most of it at first.” 
― Adam RexFat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

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