What can YOU say in six sentences?
Laura said fuck about eleven times before they got to the end of the block and Theo giggled every time, the snicker of a boy who knows what the word means and can't really handle it versus the maturity of the girl who likes the feel of the word coming out of her mouth - soft then cut - likes how grown up it sounds, and isn't bothered by what it actually means. She went into elaborate detail about sneaking through an unlocked window at the back of the Goodwill and stealing Theo's Iron Man costume and her own Catwoman and Burke finally had to interrupt her so he could get down to it.
"Fuck yeah," and that was twelve, "I'm going with you, and Theo is too."
Theo's walk slowed, "I'm not sure...I mean I don't..." but then the heat from Laura's eyes melted him and he nodded, working at his knuckles and looking out across the highway and over the field toward The Acres as if all those wood and shingle husks might rise up suddenly, bloodlust in their muntined second story eyes.
So Burke laid it all out, the places he wanted to look and the things he'd noticed during his reconnaissance and anyone with any sense would have cried watching it, babies plotting a rescue in a ghostland, making sure it happened during a time when their parents would be too gorked out to care, still too young to feel the weight of the conversation, to taste the desperate sadness of it.
They broke their huddle and set out with the rumor of daylight still playing at the tops of the western trees, the only remaining unsolved issue being what to do about the mobile phone Laura’s father expected to be grafted to her at all times.