The innocent brick

“Throw it, Danny!”
“Now! It’ll be gone…”
“But I’ll hit it.”
“That’s the idea.”
“But there’s someone driving.”
“What if it hits them?”
“I can’t.”
“Ability, Danny.”
“You’re capable of doing anything, my Gran tells me. You can do anything, Danny.”
“I can’t!”
“Just drop the thing. Not like that. What did you do that for?”
“I’m not playing anymore.”
“You want to join us, don’t you?”
“Then you have to do what I say.”
“OK, but not that.”
“It’s tradition.”
“I know what makes you tick, Danny. Don’t forget it.”
“There’s another one. No, turning off. This one, Danny, it’s heading for us. Pick up the brick… wait… wait… ready… hold it over the edge.”
“I know the car.”
“Don’t be silly. Now, Danny! Let go! Yeah! Direct hit! Way to go!”
“I’m scared.”
“Look! It’s crashing! Well done, Danny.”
“I feel sick.”
“No! It can’t be… Gran?”


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