Dare You (2009)

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Categories: Fiction
He was pulling packing tape off a large carton when Mr Neri came out the back. ‘Eh, Khaden, take a break,’ he called. ‘Those boxes won’t run off.’ He sat on the cement step and took a pack of cigaret...tes from his top pocket. Khaden bunched the tape into a ball, chucked it in the bin and sat on the step beside Mr Neri. ‘Want one?’ he asked as he held the lighter to the cigarette. Khaden looked at the picture of the black teeth and scarred mouth on the back of the packet. ‘Nah, I’ll pass.’ Mr Neri sucked on the cigarette. The end flared red. ‘So, Maria said you should come for dinner tonight.’ He blew out smoke in a steady stream. ‘She’s making lasagna.’ Khaden’s mouth watered. ‘I’ll have to check with Dad.’ ‘Bring him, and Taj.’ ‘You sure? I—’ Mr Neri raised his right hand. Cigarette smoke drifted into Khaden’s face. ‘No arguments. Dinner tonight, all of us.’ ‘Thanks.’ Khaden stared at the moss growing where the asphalt met the concrete steps.MoreLess
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