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If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Ugly Little Monster

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Ugly Little Monster

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Published by Brad King
Laura's story is, on the surface, about a high school girl and her young track coach. It's about bad choices and relationships. Mostly its about dealing with the fallout from bad choices you make growing up. And, as Invictus editor David Ake wrote in the Introduction: "It is one of my favorites because it took a lot of courage to tell."
Laura's story is, on the surface, about a high school girl and her young track coach. It's about bad choices and relationships. Mostly its about dealing with the fallout from bad choices you make growing up. And, as Invictus editor David Ake wrote in the Introduction: "It is one of my favorites because it took a lot of courage to tell."

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Published by: Brad King on Apr 27, 2011
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by LAURA ROSE ALLEN
UGLY LITTLEMONSTER
 
o my father, the one coach who has given me all thestrength, love, and support I’ve ever needed. Tanks for helping me through my struggles and always encouraging me to live for my dreams. “Do what you love, love what you do.” 
 
t’s a little ironic that we decided to meet in the middle o a school park-ing lot, considering that school would later be our battleground. He wasthere to save his ass. I was there to make some sense o it all. I was 18 and just graduated rom high school, still young and incredibly naive.A little aer 8 a.m. on June 23, 2008, I pull my black Sunre into SouthElementary School’s empty parking lot. I wait with my heart pounding anda mix o emotions rushing through me. It doesn’t take long or the sexy,little, red Mustang to pull up next to me. In it is my 28-year-old cross-coun-try coach. He steps out o his car, and I do the same.“Sunglasses o,” I tell him.He whips them o and replies, “I’m not going to lie to you, Laura.”* * *wo years beore I met Drew, I was an awkward 16-year-old sophomoreliving in a suburb o Cincinnati. Like just about every other teenager in thecountry, I went to school and immediately began to count down the min-utes until I was ree again, which arrived at exactly 1:52 p.m. Aer the nalbell rang, I rushed to my locker, grabbed my books, and made my way tothe locker room.Since I’m a runner, reedom didn’t mean heading home. It meant goingto the locker room to meet my teammates, change clothes, lace up my track shoes, and head to practice. We would pile into our cars, crank Kiss107, andswap stories about boys, dreams, and the day. We lived in our little world,and it was bliss.
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