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~The Aftermath, by Mark Tulin~
Their father died in the line of duty three years ago, and no one recovered. Their mother went off the deep end, in and out of rehab. Three teenagers ran the house—or so it seemed. They hardly went to school. They spent too much time playing video games, smoking pot and drinking beer. They stayed up too late and never followed rules. They tried to have fun, but their laughter always ended in punched holes in the walls. The neighbors never complained about the noise because they understood. A dead father never leaves his family quietly.