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"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer" by Lamar Giles, Chapters 1–9

April 12, 2019
Cousins Otto and Sheed, also known as the Legendary Alston Boys, are used to dealing with unusual happenings in the town of Fry, Virginia. When a mysterious stranger freezes time on the last day of summer vacation, the young sleuths embark on their strangest and most dangerous adventure yet.

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acronym
Inside that circle, equally red and in Grandma’s handwriting, were the letters BTSFOASTG!
When they asked about it, Grandma said, “It’s an acronym. It means ‘back to school for Otto and Sheed, thank goodness!”’
haphazardly
All around, on haphazardly aligned shelves the boys had fastened to the walls themselves, amidst the model cars and their made-up superhero drawings, were souvenirs from all the adventures they’d experienced throughout the season.
banshee
A lock of banshee hair that sang them to sleep whenever the moon was full.
meager
“They broke the tie,” Otto said, his gaze flicking to their meager pair of keys; they somehow seemed duller in this morning’s light.
protrude
Sheed ceased his grooming, wedged his pick tight into his thick hair, so only the handle protruded, and dug into a bowl of Frosty Loops.
triptych
Ignoring that nonsense, Otto tried to determine which Awesome Adventure represented the best opportunity for another Key to the City. “We can look for the Triptych Treasure in Bosch Cave.”
mundane
Other points of interest included Sunshine Cemetery, the FISHto’s, and the many other things, mundane and strange, that made up Logan County.
gravitate
Otto, shorter and wider than his cousin, gravitated to Sheed’s side.
flank
Both of them angled slightly away from each other for a better view of their flanks, in case something dangerous tried to sneak up on them. Maneuver #24.
maneuver
Both of them angled slightly away from each other for a better view of their flanks, in case something dangerous tried to sneak up on them. Maneuver #24.
killjoy
Sheed, always a killjoy, said, “You’re not from Logan County.”
bearing
He was brown, like the boys, wore dark goggles cinched tight through a mane of coiled dreadlocks that whipped about as he got his bearings.
portal
The portal the stranger had come through blinked away, leaving undisturbed air and sky in its place.
ailment
Sheed knew Grandma had “ ailments,” and his stomach twisted thinking she must be having a spell to be standing so stiff and talking so low.
ventriloquist
“Grandma, why are you talking like a ventriloquist?”
deduction
DEDUCTION: This can’t be coincidence...but HOW does it all relate?
muster
He almost said, Like we always do, but couldn’t muster the confidence.
wrangle
After a few false starts, the spokes spun, and the chains whizzed, and they began their ride into town like they did when it was time to buy new comic books, or when the mayor called them to wrangle a peeved-off jackalope.
pry
All held cell phones to their ears or extended in front of them while they tapped at some app or another. Sheed pried one from a guy who said, “Hey!”
nether
“What did I say after the were-bear in the Gnarled Forest?” Sheed barked. “Or when we had to walk that tightrope over that nether whirlpool?”
chimera
The word chimera can also refer specifically to a fire-breathing monster from Greek mythology.
“We used the spring snare to snag that chimera last month. I don’t really like repeating ourselves. Makes us look less innovative than—” He stopped himself.
dour
This was a third voice, more dour than the Archies’, but just as familiar.
dingy
One particularly creepy lady had dingy dark hair and sharp fangs, and instead of running appeared to be riding a bed of fog that zoomed around all the others like a hoverboard.
precariously
He pointed to tilted (not fallen) trash cans, tipped (and angled precariously) newspaper boxes, and benches, and merchant signs, and other small messes.
notation
Otto continued his notation.
emporium
Still low and quiet, the boys crept past the mirror emporium’s display window, catching glimpses of their own reflections dozens of times over in mirrors of various sizes, shapes, and mounts.
complement
While the other wore a mustard skirt, her blouse was like a fresh egg’s yolk, and a big floppy hat the shade of sunflowers complemented her gold hoop earrings.
sheen
Their skin was coppery, the shade and sheen of new pennies.
frill
She fluffed the garment’s yellow lacy frills.
interject
“We’re responsible for that special time of the day—”
“Just around sunrise and sunset—” the woman interjected.
complexion
“What the heck’s a Time Suck?”
“Extremely dangerous creatures,” said P.M., his complexion dimming.
quirky
Otto had forgotten about the camera dangling from his neck. Had grown comfortable with the weight of the device that had messed up the town. That bothered him, but not as much as these quirky strangers noticing it.
tentacle
The mirror flipped like a tossed coin, and where cracked glass should’ve been there was a fat green tentacle, tapering down to a tip the width of a carrot and whipping about.
taper
The mirror flipped like a tossed coin, and where cracked glass should’ve been there was a fat green tentacle, tapering down to a tip the width of a carrot and whipping about.
ornate
There were ten or twelve of the thick, octopus-like arms uncoiling from the ornate bronze, and silver, and gold mirror frames.

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