No Name

  • Chapter 1

  • Under the Door and Before

  • Bobby Byington

    Friday night, June 8.

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  • I am living under a door in my backyard.

  • I dug a deep hole behind a fat-trunked tree and dragged a junkyard door over the hole.

  • I glued leaves and grass to one side, so no one can see itโ€™s a door.

  • There are no hinges.

  • Bobby Byington

    If anyone raked the leaves in the backyard (my chore for the past ten years), they would discover the door.

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  • The metal fingers of the rake would scrape scratches in the blue paint of the door.

  • And I would get in big trouble.

  • But Iโ€™m not worried.

  • That will never happen.

  • If anyone tried to rake the leaves, my father would grab the rake from them.

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    Dad

    โ€œOh no, no you donโ€™t!โ€

  • Bobby Byington

    heโ€™d holler, and the red veins of his neck would swell.

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    Dad

    โ€œThatโ€™s exactly what the boy wants!

  • Somebody else doing his chores.โ€

  • Bobby Byington

    That would bother him more than my being gone for a week.

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  • But donโ€™t feel sorry for me.

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    Dad

    โ€œThatโ€™s exactly what he wants!โ€