TODO - RELATED RESOURCES
"I want us to watch TV," Dad says, as if that's a perfectly normal thing to announce after years, literally years, of us never being allowed to watch Saturday night television for fear of ruining the tradition of the four of us...including whichever version of Dad happens to be present—eating reheated pizza around the kitchen table.
Nobody speaks. Until I do.
"Why?" I ask.
Dad smiles, the kind of smile that lets me know there is much, much more to this than I want to know. He doesn't break tradition for nothing.
"They'll be starting a new series of X Factor soon," he says.
"And guess who I think should be front and center at the auditions!" It's not a question.
Mom gives me a sympathetic look and touches my arm lightly as she says, "Well, you did say you wanted to watch it this evening."
"I wanted to watch it," I say desperately, "not be ON it!"
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