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Being Alone, Home Alone, and Life: Me: *home alone* hears noise Me WHO'S THERE? l HAVE A BELT AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO HANG MYSELF For those of you who have read my other stories and asked if there was more and received cryptic answers from me, I want to apologize for being dishonest. I said several times in the comments that nothing really happened after โ€œFootsteps,โ€ but that wasnโ€™t true. The events of the following story werenโ€™t locked away in the recesses of my mind; Iโ€™ve always remembered them. It wasnโ€™t until I remembered โ€œBalloonsโ€ and spoke with my mother about the following events that I realized how intertwined this story was with everything else, but I originally hadnโ€™t really planned on sharing this anyway. My desire to withhold this memory was due mostly to the fact that I donโ€™t think I showed good judgment in it; I also wanted consent from another person to tell it, so as to not misrepresent what transpired. I didnโ€™t expect there to be a lot of interest in my other stories, so I never thought Iโ€™d really get pressed for more details, and I would have been happy to keep this to myself for the rest of my life. I havenโ€™t been able to reach the other party, but I would feel disingenuous withholding this story from those who wanted more information now that Iโ€™ve spoken with my mother and another connecting line has been drawn. What follows is as accurate a recollection as I could manage. I apologize for the length. I spent the summer before my first year of elementary school learning how to climb trees. There was one particular pine tree right outside my house that seemed almost designed for me. It had branches that were so low I could easily grab them without a boost, and for the first couple days after I first learned how to pull myself up I would just sit on the lowest branch, dangling my feet. The tree was outside our back fence and was easily visible from the kitchen window which was just above the sink. Before too long my mother and I developed a routine where I would go play on the tree when she washed the dishes because she could easily see me while she did other things.
Being Alone, Home Alone, and Life: Me: *home alone* hears noise
 Me
 WHO'S THERE?
 l HAVE A BELT AND I'M NOT
 AFRAID TO HANG MYSELF
For those of you who have read my other stories and asked if there was more and received cryptic answers from me, I want to apologize for being dishonest. I said several times in the comments that nothing really happened after โ€œFootsteps,โ€ but that wasnโ€™t true. The events of the following story werenโ€™t locked away in the recesses of my mind; Iโ€™ve always remembered them. It wasnโ€™t until I remembered โ€œBalloonsโ€ and spoke with my mother about the following events that I realized how intertwined this story was with everything else, but I originally hadnโ€™t really planned on sharing this anyway. My desire to withhold this memory was due mostly to the fact that I donโ€™t think I showed good judgment in it; I also wanted consent from another person to tell it, so as to not misrepresent what transpired. I didnโ€™t expect there to be a lot of interest in my other stories, so I never thought Iโ€™d really get pressed for more details, and I would have been happy to keep this to myself for the rest of my life. I havenโ€™t been able to reach the other party, but I would feel disingenuous withholding this story from those who wanted more information now that Iโ€™ve spoken with my mother and another connecting line has been drawn. What follows is as accurate a recollection as I could manage. I apologize for the length. I spent the summer before my first year of elementary school learning how to climb trees. There was one particular pine tree right outside my house that seemed almost designed for me. It had branches that were so low I could easily grab them without a boost, and for the first couple days after I first learned how to pull myself up I would just sit on the lowest branch, dangling my feet. The tree was outside our back fence and was easily visible from the kitchen window which was just above the sink. Before too long my mother and I developed a routine where I would go play on the tree when she washed the dishes because she could easily see me while she did other things.

For those of you who have read my other stories and asked if there was more and received cryptic answers from me, I want to apologize for be...

Bailey Jay, Billboard, and Memes: HARRY STYLES JUST BROKE A BIG DAMN RECORD WITH HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM NEWS The first week numbers are in from Harry Styles's debut solo, self-titled album, and they're beyond brilliant: They're historic. This comes as no surprise whatsoever given the frenzy the โ€œSign of the Timesโ€ singer was able to drum up in the weeks leading up to its release, but still โ€” YAAAAAY HARRY. _ Styles sold 230,000 units, with a solid 193,000 of those going to straight-up traditional album sales. Billboard reports that this massive achievement not only makes Harry Styles the No. 1 album in the country, but also the album to top for a male artist from the United Kingdom, as it blew past the benchmark established by Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, which previously held that record with the 166,000 copies it moved upon its release in 2014. _ Just let that sink in for a sec: Styles now has the best debut album performance of any male artist hailing from the U.K. since Nielsen started keeping tabs on sales in 1991. That's huge, considering the nearly three decades of incredible music that's come out of Britain since then, but yeah โ€” Styles is now king of that metaphorical castle. _ Another notable feat for Styles: He's the second male artist from the U.K. to debut at No. 1, and the first artist to do that is a former bandmate of his. Zayn Malik's Mind of Mine became the first album by a U.K.-hailing male artist to premiere in the top spot on the Billboard 200, and Styles followed that up a year later. In short: The One Direction dudes are thriving in their solo careers, and this is pretty undeniable proof of that. _ All of this not 48 hours after he joined Stevie Nicks (!!!) onstage at an L.A. concert and wrapped a week of performing for his takeover of the The Late Late Show with James Corden. It's a damn good time to be Harry Styles, that's for sure. _ by Hilary Hughes
Bailey Jay, Billboard, and Memes: HARRY STYLES JUST BROKE A BIG DAMN RECORD
 WITH HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
 NEWS
The first week numbers are in from Harry Styles's debut solo, self-titled album, and they're beyond brilliant: They're historic. This comes as no surprise whatsoever given the frenzy the โ€œSign of the Timesโ€ singer was able to drum up in the weeks leading up to its release, but still โ€” YAAAAAY HARRY. _ Styles sold 230,000 units, with a solid 193,000 of those going to straight-up traditional album sales. Billboard reports that this massive achievement not only makes Harry Styles the No. 1 album in the country, but also the album to top for a male artist from the United Kingdom, as it blew past the benchmark established by Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, which previously held that record with the 166,000 copies it moved upon its release in 2014. _ Just let that sink in for a sec: Styles now has the best debut album performance of any male artist hailing from the U.K. since Nielsen started keeping tabs on sales in 1991. That's huge, considering the nearly three decades of incredible music that's come out of Britain since then, but yeah โ€” Styles is now king of that metaphorical castle. _ Another notable feat for Styles: He's the second male artist from the U.K. to debut at No. 1, and the first artist to do that is a former bandmate of his. Zayn Malik's Mind of Mine became the first album by a U.K.-hailing male artist to premiere in the top spot on the Billboard 200, and Styles followed that up a year later. In short: The One Direction dudes are thriving in their solo careers, and this is pretty undeniable proof of that. _ All of this not 48 hours after he joined Stevie Nicks (!!!) onstage at an L.A. concert and wrapped a week of performing for his takeover of the The Late Late Show with James Corden. It's a damn good time to be Harry Styles, that's for sure. _ by Hilary Hughes

The first week numbers are in from Harry Styles's debut solo, self-titled album, and they're beyond brilliant: They're historic. This comes ...