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Stretching Callis slowly rises from sleep.
‘Damn this bed’s comfortable’. She looks around knowing there are a dozen things she can do to finish moving in, but the road’s calling. Dressed in her running gear, she blitzes a power smoothie and gets moving.
Within minutes the only focus is her and the road, just the way she likes it. Thump-thump. Thump-thump, its mesmerizing. She has a good run and heads home.
A quick shower later and Callis is starving. She puts on water for eggs and slices 2 whole-wheat toast. She stops dead… weren’t there 6 eggs? Why would there only be 5 now? Callis always has 2 eggs. She looks around in confusion. …
Panting, Billy watched the dust lift and float as he tried to control his breathing.
‘BILLY. BIL…LLY… MAGGOT.’ His stepfather’s voice reached under the porch, turning his stomach to water, he struggled not to pee himself. His stepfather Josh only called him “maggot” when furious. He kept a bowl of sweets on the counter. His sweets. Billy couldn’t resist stealing just one. He never thought it would be missed, but the bastard counted them and now he would get it. He rested his head in the dust praying that his mother would be home early. The heat lulled him into sleep.…
Billy felt the sting of the slap just before his head rocked back, making him cry out in pain.
‘Boys don’t cry’ his father shouted into his face, spittle flecked across his cheek but he dared not wipe it away.
‘Are you a girl?’ Billy shook his head, pinching himself to stop the tears that threatened to fall.
His father sneered at him, ‘Now get your ass to the shop and bring my tobacco. Don’t dawdle and make sure it’s the right one.’ …