“Mutually Assured Destruction” (Savannah, 2014)

Living Fiction

It was nearly impossible to have friends outside of April and my inworld. Granted, it was theoretically much easier for me to make friends in an art college city than it had ever been in Marysville, Ohio. There were practically fields of frolicking queers in their multi-coloured hair and their septum piercings.

But gods, was it hard to actually leave April alone and actually take advantage of that. She had ‘meal swipes’ on her student ID that entitled her to a unlimited cafeteria food three times a day, but at a glance, she pronounced all of her free food inedible and insisted on going out to eat every night. I had to come with her, for she claimed her anxiety prohibited her from eating alone. So, obviously, it was my duty to show up and watch her start to get ready.

It didn’t matter what time of day it was…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com


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