“Don’t be foolish,” his mum would have said, wetting her fingers and teasing his hair into spikes.
He’d asked her over and over to leave him alone but now he wished she was here, not in town buying a new dress for his sister’s wedding.
He dragged a chair to underneath the skylight but looked up, knowing he was still too short, so went to his bedroom, pulled his dressing gown belt out of its loops then returned to the kitchen.
Standing on the chair, he swung one end of the belt upwards, looping it through the skylight latch. As he pulled it open, stale, mossy water poured down. As he shook his head, he heard a growl above him.
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