I know Miss Miller has it.

It’s the Harvest Moon and it could be gone in the morning.

You really need… whatever this thing is? My elder brother squints and grinds his teeth.

Yes. It’s important. I know she has it.

How’d it up in Miss Miller’s desk?

I don’t know. I just know it’s really important and I need to get it tonight.

Okay. He exhales. Enjoy your adventure.

Great. What time are we leaving?

Whoa! I can’t go with you; I’m grounded.

Crap, that’s right. I look around the room.

Why can’t Alice go with you?

It’s going to be a surprise when I show it to her. Don’t tell her.

Jeez. Fine.

He studies my face for a second. Does this have to do with… Magos?

I shrug. It could.

He seems to wince and get excited at once.

I still need a lookout.

He rolls his eyes a little. Take Mumbles.

No way. Not really?

Why not? You don’t trust him to be quiet and wave if there’s a problem?

I guess. What if he spaces out when a janitor’s coming?

Do you really think there’s going to be a janitor there at 1:00 in the morning?

I know there will be if I don’t bring a lookout. Will you at least make sure Mom and Dad don’t find out, at the house? I’m sure Alice’ll go along with it, too. You two can hang out.

He sits up and smiles. Maybe she can fix my bike.

If you’re really nice to her. I look around the room again. I owe you one.

You owe me two.

Added: May 12, 2014 | Last changed: January 25, 2015