By Tom Lichtenberg
Copyright 2010 by Tom Lichtenberg
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When Marcus was eleven, and his little brother Ben was only six, they lived on a boat in the harbor with their mother, a hard-working grocery store clerk named Kristen Holmes. Sometimes Ben had trouble sleeping at night, and he would climb to the upper bunk and jab his brother in the ribs until he woke him up. Marcus would open one eye, and then the other, and eventually say,
"I can't sleep," Ben would reply, and Marcus knew what that meant. He would sigh and say "OK," and then they'd both climb down, slip on their shoes, sneak up deck very quietly so as not to wake their mother, leap onto the dock and head out to the secret sidewalk which was right across the street behind the parking lot.