Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Latchkey Kid


by M. J. Joachim

Growling, the dog reared back, raised the hair on its neck, showed his teeth with complete ferociousness and slowly prepared to lunge toward the front door.

Through the side glass window, Jeremy could see the shady figure, ominously reaching for the doorknob. Jeremy knew he should have remembered to lock the door when he got home from school, but he was hungry. Eating occupied his mind.

If only he had remembered before it had gotten so late. His parents trusted him. They told him how responsible he was, which is why they let him stay home alone after school, while they worked all those long hours.

Moments passed…

Loud screams were heard amidst the noise of the snarling dog, then sirens. Neighbors gathered in horror.

As Jeremy’s father approached the scene, his knees gave way beneath him. Blood soaked into his pants. The new television, a computer and some jewelry had been stolen; the life of his ten year old son was gone.

Jeremy’s mother was unable to be reached as yet. Her client required cell phones to be off whenever meetings took place. It took several hours for her to get the news.

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