Derek, who lives on Primrose Street…
It’s November. Hunting season for the first two weeks.
Hunting season. Not all the residents on Primrose Street like to hunt, but Robert does, and so does his son Derek, like it or not. Usually not. Robert is ready to go months in advance. Derek starts throwing up around then in anticipation of the impending ordeal. Robert would like hunting season to be every month. He’ll sit and polish his rifles each and every week. Derek would rather sit and listen to the sounds and sights in a bush, rather than wait to kill something living there. He is a small boy. He is keenly aware of everything around him. He notices every flick of every feather when birds gather on his birdfeeder outside his kitchen window. He remembers what classmates wear to school, how they were feeling, who to stay away from that day. He is sensitive. Not a quality admired by his dad. One he wants to eradicate by putting a rifle in his son’s hands, and making him use it. Like it or not.
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