Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

By Barry Lyga

Josh Mendel has a mystery. regrettably, we all know what it is.

5 years in the past, Josh's existence replaced. tremendously. and everybody in his university, his town—seems just like the world—thinks they comprehend. yet they don't—they can't. And now, approximately to graduate from highschool, Josh remains to be attempting to variety in the course of the items. First there's Rachel, the woman he inspiration he'd misplaced years in the past. She's again, and she's decided to be a part of his lifestyles, even if he wishes her there or not.Then there are university judgements to make, and the hardest baseball (generic term) of his lifestyles arising, and a trainer who won't cease pushing Josh all of the approach to the edge. after which there's Eve. Her go back brings with all of it the thoughts of Josh's previous. It's time for Josh to stand the reality approximately what happened.

If in basic terms he knew what the reality used to be . . .

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The Spackle keep their distance from me as best they can while I work. Which, I gotta say, is okay by me. Cuz I find I can’t really look ’em in the eyes. I keep my head down and carry on shovelling. indd 63 18/03/2013 13:09 or cooks but one of the Mayor’s first orders was for everyone to keep ’em locked away in their homes till the army collected ’em last night while I slept. “People had ’em living in their back gardens,” Davy says, watching me shovel as the morning turns to afternoon, eating what’s sposed to be lunch for both of us.

This is a democracy, Todd,” he sighs. ” “No idea,” I say, still looking, still not finding. ” I look at him. ” His eyes flash at me. “ You are either forgetting or do not know that we already fought a great war, a war to end all wars, at just about the time you would have been born. ” He sighs again. ” He rests his head against the brick. “Not everything is black and white, Todd. ” “But what if–” Ker-thunk. The lock on the door slides back and Mr Collins enters, pistol pointed. He looks straight at Mayor Ledger.

Indd 30 18/03/2013 13:09 hiding in their houses, so quiet they might be dead. Not one of them lifting a hand to save theirselves from what’s coming, hoping if they’re meek enough, if they’re weak enough, then the monster won’t eat ’em. This is where we spent all our time running to. I see movement down on the square, a shadow flitting, but it’s only a dog. Home, home, home, I can just about hear him think. Home, home, home. Dogs don’t got the problems of people. Dogs can be happy any old time. I take a minute to breathe away the tightness that comes over my chest, the water in my eyes.

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