The Trouble With Bernie

The Haunted House-2

... Another cold breeze blew through Peabody Gulch, which caused all the leaves on all the trees to wobble and wave and rustle against each other. Such a strange, eerie sound they made, it caused Larry to stop thinking about food and to hurry along the trail in an effort to catch up with Brian Shaunessey.

Bringing up the rear were the Patterson twins, Richard and Robert. All their lives they had been arguing with each other, and today was no exception.

“I did not!”

“You did so!”

“I did not!”

“You did so!”

Neither of them was certain what they were arguing about. It was either who had gotten the most ice cream last night, or who had broken the crystal candy dish on Easter. Both were hot topics and required endless debate.

“I did not!”

“You did so!”

To end the discussion, Richard, as he often did, reached out and socked his brother hard on the shoulder, then took off running, while over his shoulder in a singsong voice he mocked him, “You can’t catch me!” Robert took off after him like a streak.

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