By Julia Green
A rites of passage tale a few 14-year-old boy starting to be up over one summer season. Simon is commencing to tackle relationships with girls, and whilst 16-year-old Leah makes a decision to govern him for her personal entertainment, a strong and unsafe combine starts off to simmer. Set opposed to a wild Cornish panorama and the proof of a harsh and violent earlier, this is often the tale of a tender guy becoming upand the lady who finally betrays him.
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Simon carries on regardless. He reads aloud about the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) through Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa) to Death Cap (Amanita phalloides), the most deadly fungus known. Nina stops reading and looks at him. He’s got her attention now, but she evidently hasn’t heard a word he’s said. “You look lovely,” she tells him. “Your hair like that. ” He rolls his eyes, but there’s no stopping her in midflow. “When you were a little boy, people used to stop me in the street to say how lovely you were!
And I tried to do a short cut but it ended up longer. Made a mistake. Sorry. ” He pushes past her into the kitchen, drops the bag en route, shoves his head under the running tap to gulp in cold water. It trickles down his chin; he closes his eyes. He can’t tell her about that strange man now. She’s already too worked up. 50 Nina stumbles over the dumped bag in the dark corridor; the knife slips out onto the floor. She picks it up. “What’s this doing in your school bag? You know you’re forbidden to carry knives at school.
It’s as if he’s appeared out of thin air. He has crept up without Simon hearing a thing, not until the very last minute. Simon’s heart thuds. He wishes he had his knife in his hand. The man’s not that old, although his face is tanned and creased from being out in sun and wind and all weather. 47 He’s got a shotgun under his arm, muzzle down. Old army boots. A torn shirt, grubby hands. His eyes are pale, watery, unfocused. ” His voice sounds rusty, as if he’s not used to talking, and the hand holding the shotgun is shaking.