The Merry-Go-Round

by Bernardo Villela

Surrounded by tumbledown houses which are swarmed by CPS workers and cops, Michael forgets everything as he spins round and round. The wobbling world dizzies him. If Chris spins him fast enough he thinks he can turn back time like Superman reversing the earth’s axial rotation. It is not realistic, but even the most attainable dreams here are like walking on the moon. The merry-go-round picks up speed. He’s never gone this fast before. The world folds in on itself. He gets lightheaded. Time warps. It’s now or never. He thinks he can. He’ll spin until it happens.

Bernardo Villela began writing as an angst-ridden teenager displeased at what he saw and read that he felt didn't reflect emotional truths. You can find out more about his works at

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