The Shadow Over Earth
Lindsay & Trevor If
Copyright 2011 by Lindsay Fraser
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For H.P. Lovecraft and Hans Christian Andersen. Hope you two are getting along.
Rob Whitford knew he shouldn’t look in the window, but he needed a break. His back was killing him. He’d served detention for nearly an hour, stooping to pick up trash with gloved hands. The courtyard still overflowed with last-day-of-school refuse: Paper, candy wrappers, even entire notebooks. Rob imagined if he ever got through all the rubble, he’d discover the foundation of Innsmouth Magnet School was actually somewhere in China.
Dean Golding had issued his detention; but Dean Gilman, who was much more easygoing, presided over it. She sat in the shade with her nose in a romance paperback. Her massive body took up half the bench. Rob made sure she was good and absorbed in her reading, then lowered his trash bag and peered in the chorus room window.