A Name Earned

  • CHAPTER 1

  • Not Again

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    Dad

    “It was an accident.”

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    How many times have I heard that?

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  • It was an accident.

  • From the time I was a little kid.

  • It was an accident.

  • Dad didn’t mean to break my shoulder.

  • Hoke, yeah, he might have meant to shove me down the stairs.

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    But the stairs are carpeted, the floor is carpeted— what’s my problem anyway?

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  • It was an accident.

  • So Mom left, and I dug a hole in the backyard, behind a giant oak tree.

  • I had to hide somewhere.

  • I found an old wooden door at a nearby junkyard and somehow carried it home.

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    I tossed it over our backyard fence, dragged it across the yard, and covered the hole with it.

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  • I glued leaves and grass and broken branches on top of the door, so it looked like our weedy and overgrown backyard.

  • Nothing more.

  • So I now had my very own secret backyard room.

  • And since it was summertime and Dad didn’t report me missing, I was free.

  • Yeah.