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January 19, 2007

David: Monsters

They come at night, Johnny’s brother had told him. Monsters crawl out of the closet and from under the bed at night to torment children who sneak out of bed.

Johnny quaked under the covers, flashlight gripped in his eight-year-old hand. He knew instinctively that monsters couldn’t get him as long as he kept cocooned in the cotton barrier.

Johnny heard his brother’s watch beep. Midnight. Johnny relaxed. Technically, it was morning now. The monsters only came at night. Johnny was safe.

Johnny slipped out of bed and peed in his brother’s sock drawer. It was monsters, he’d claim tomorrow.

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