neighbor in the middle of the night or waking some
route would definitely not work.
“Fuck this,” Junius said.
He pushed Elf out of the way and threw his shou
door. The sound wasn’t as loud as he thought; it wor
hoped. On his second try, he heard a small cracking in t
with his fourth try, holding the knob in his hand and
whole side into the door, he broke the lock through the
door came open. Four tries, four sounds he hoped wou
enough by the house, the hall, his jacket, and the noise
borhood at night.
He stuck his head inside and listened. Warm air ca
his face and something inside smelled familiar: his m
maybe the scent of the products she used to clean. He he
trying to taste this smell as he listened for whatever s
Eventually he let his air out.
“Let’s go.” Elf had already said it once, but Junius m
Now he opened the door and entered the house. Imme
left was the door to the basement that no one ever locke
down the shaky wooden steps.
He came to know these steps well last summer whe
Dawn over to his house to fuck in the basement. Te
plained to him how it worked: the times he knew his
be home, he went down and unlocked the back door a
then took Dawn around back later and into the baseme
the old rugs. When they fucked like that he had to
stayed quiet. They could hear his mother walking arou
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