F IC T IO N Mother bends over Older Sister and hovers above Qian as if she is searching for a secret to keep from us: Father in his newly bought Li-Ning winter jacket and me, Little Brother, though I don’t call myself Little Brother outside because my parents don’t want to call more attention to us as a two-child household. It’s good to be better than the people around you, but not too much better. e Th Resurrection of Ma Jun Denis Wong Mother’s ear rests just below Qian’s neck. Any minute now, Older Sis- ter will rise up from the cot and shrug off Mother’s touch. She’ll tear the IV from her arms and say, “Mother, stop that. I’m not a little girl any- more,” the way she always does. Or maybe Mother is counting the beats of Older Sister’s heart, each one another two seconds lost. Three days ago, Father stood in the doorway, half in and half out of Older Sister’s room in Ward 6, ae ft r the two-inch gash on her forehead had been stitched closed, leaving only a deep bruise and her fractured leg set into a cast. “She looks like she’s
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