TITLE: THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT
GENRE: YA Christian Fiction
EMOTION: Deepening relationship
Will's parents and Hannah's sister all died in a car accident a few months ago. Will now lives in Hannah's basement, and just asked her to Homecoming. She said no, but they continued talking. Hannah asked Will to describe the accident that took her sister. Will refused at first and busied himself playing pool, so she started to leave.
“There was a lot of screaming.”
I stop. I’m only on the second stair. “I thought they all died on impact.”
He puts his cue in its cupboard. “They had time to scream before. And I was still alive after.” He quietly shuts the door to the cupboard and turns toward me.
I try to imagine him screaming. He yelled at the football game, but that was different. There was no desperation there.
“At first, I thought Rebecca was still alive. There was no question about my parents – there was blood everywhere – but Rebecca… Who would’ve thought a flashlight… Mom and Dad were the bloodiest. Dad, especially. It came out his mouth and all over –”
He does without another word. Somehow, I didn’t expect him to be able to. As he raises his eyes to me, I feel badly for not being able to listen more because I think he wants to tell me, and I ought to know. “When did Chandra ask you to stop?”
He shakes his head. “I knew you’d say no.”
“But Connor – ”
“Even without Connor,” he says.
He’s right, so I can’t argue. I take another step up then stop. “So why’d you ask?”
“I wanted you to know.”
“You didn’t think it’d be awkward?”
“No.” He smiles and turns away. He starts walking toward his bedroom door. “And even if it was, I live in your basement. We’d get past it eventually.”