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A Stone’s Throw by Fiona Shaw

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FIRE

The light came across the bed so bright, it was like a blow to the head. He woke with a start and lay there dazed. Then smiled. It was going to be the best day.

There was no hurry to be up. The dawn had barely broken, the birds still busy with their shouting, but he was awake. He watched the baubles of light run across the ceiling, then turned and watched Benjamin. He would sleep for hours yet, or till he was woken.

Stretching the night from his arms, Will swung out of the bedclothes and pulled a sweater over his pyjamas. On the landing he stopped and listened. The house was quiet. His father gone to work already, thank God; his brother and sister still sleeping. He took the stairs to the half landing in one and locked the bathroom door ...

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