The Rubberband Man (sample page)

Kevin didn’t see them until he had walked halfway across the courtyard, and by then it was too late. They were upon him. Now they surrounded him, silent and accusing, and Kevin felt trouble stir in the air, trouble he had not felt since three junior high schools back. He did not like the feeling. The tallest of the six kids, a long stringbean of a kid with a knot in his neck that made it look like a section of bamboo, stepped forward. He had apparently been appointed spokesman of their little group.

“You Kevin?”

“Yeah.”

Another of the kids, almost as tall as Bamboo but with a muscular look to him that was beyond his comrade, spoke up: “You smart, Kevin?”

Kevin thought about this. In the ten junior highs he had attended over the last two years, he had learned at least one thing: smart was bad.

“I dunno. What do you mean?”

There was some laughter at this. Kevin smiled a blank smile, though he was more pleased than he would admit to them. Bamboo reasserted his leadership.

“Somebody wants to talk to you.”

“Somebody?”

“Yeah.”

“Who’s that?”

“Nobody. Just come with us, and you’ll be okay.”

Kevin risked just a bit. “What happens if I don’t?”

“Are you kidding?”

“No.”

“We beat the shit out of you.”

Which was, of course, what he had expected, but it was best to let the opposition think they were surprising you every step of the way. If you looked like you knew what was going on, you became less of a nuisance and more of a threat.

“Okay, I’m following,” Kevin said.

***

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(c) 1991 by J. David Clarke

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