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By Dan Simmons

In the summertime of 1960 in Elm Haven, Illinois, a sinister being is stalking the town's teenagers, and while a long-silent bell peals in the center of the evening, the townfolk comprehend it marks the tip of innocence. Reprint. PW.

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Mike nodded and was gone. Dale and Lawrence put their bikes around back on the small open porch. They could see their mother moving around in the lighted kitchen. She was baking something and her face was flushed. "Listen," said Lawrence, grabbing his older brother's hand. Across the street, in the darkness around Old Central, there was a sibilant rush as of voices speaking hurriedly in an adjoining room. "It's just a TV somewhere . " began Dale, but then he heard the sound of breaking glass, a shout quickly stifled.

Two of the smallest Cooke boys, the twins, who were in first grade, stood behind her, their bib overalls sagging. The Cookes lived far enough out of town to have the school bus take them home, but no bus went out toward the grain elevator and dump, so she and her three brothers walked out the railroad tracks. Now she was screaming something at the building. Dr. Roon appeared at the door and shooed her away with a flick of his pink hand. White blurs in the tall windows above may have been the faces of teachers looking out.

In a day or two, they'd be boarding up this big old shithouse of a school. Then they'd be tearing it down. Why would Van Syke care? Tubby kicked away with a fury he seldom showed, putting all the frustration of five years of suffering, even in kindergarten, and being called a "slow student" in this rotten heap of a school. Five years as a "behavior problem" having to sit there, tucked up close to old bags like Mrs. Grossaint and Mrs. Howe and Mrs. Farris, his desk rammed up right next to theirs so they could "keep an eye on him" so that he had to smell their old-lady stink and listen to their old-lady voices and put up with their old-lady rules .

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