Chapter 14

A new novel in the making.

A New Novel in the Making

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Like a Rat

Thomas' room is completely dark. There is some rattle. Then the bedside lamp is turned on. Fred stands by it with his hand on the switch and looks around, a bit drowsy. He is in his shorts, with his T-shirt and socks on. He checks under the bed, where Reuben lies staring back at him with wide open eyes.

"You really don't sleep at night, do you?"

"Never," Reuben replies. "What about you?"

"How could I, with you here? I'll keep the lamp on."

Suddenly Fred shoots out his arm to grab Reuben, but he escapes by sort of bouncing out of reach. He doesn't get up, but Fred would need to get in under the bed to catch him.

"You're quick. Like a rat. Maybe that's what you are?"

There is no reply from Reuben. He lies still, watching Fred with a blank expression on his face.

"I know it would upset Caroline, who thinks you're as innocent as angels, but I'm tempted to give you a punch in the face — for biting her. You're afraid of that, aren't you? Afraid I'll beat you up."

Reuben gives no response at all.

"Well, you should be. I'm still considering it. Don't forget that."

Fred lies down on the floor, keeping his eyes on the dark area under the bed. Reuben's body is little more than a shadow, but his wide open eyes are visible. So is his pale face.

"You are kind of spooky. I bet you like to hear that."

"I have heard it before."

"I warn you — don't try anything! I'll sleep with one eye open, if I sleep at all."

© Stefan Stenudd, March 2014

Chapter 15

All the chapters posted so far:
  1. Light and Dark

  2. Mumbles

  3. Don't Touch

  4. Not a Word

  5. Swings

  6. He Talked to Me

  7. Was It Quick?

  8. Flossing, Too

  9. The Lower Canines

  10. Two Dots

  11. The Creep

  12. The Goth Stuff

  13. Nine Months

  14. Like a Rat

  15. Morning

  16. Some Things Take Forever

  17. If He Doesn't

  18. One Little Thing

  19. Another One

  20. Playing It Safe

  21. The Netherworld

  22. Never Grow Old

  23. It Sounds Trite

  24. Dying Is Terrible

  25. Just Kids Playing

  26. He Didn't Know

  27. Maybe the Only One

  28. I Don't Hear It

  29. Honesty

  30. Secrets

  31. I Care

  32. Treacherous Longevity

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