The short story “Walk Don’t Run” by Douglas Bruton is about a 14-year-old girl and her grandmother. The two share the same name, Julia. 

The narrator is paid by her parents to look after her grandmother at the weekends. Her grandmother is unable to speak and spends most of her time sleeping. The narrator resents having to take care of her grandmother when she would rather be with her boyfriend, Johnny. Despite her reluctance, she does a good job of feeding the old woman, helping her with her personal needs and hygiene, and cleaning her house. 

The narrator shares her secrets with her grandmother, certain that she will not reveal them to anyone. One of her secrets is that she saw her father putting his hand underneath a neighbor’s skirt. She also tells her grandmother about her 17-year-old boyfr...

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