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Tales from the Hole #4 Fear #3

I’m terrified that you will laugh at me if I make a stupid mistake. I’m afraid that you think I’m ridiculous already.

… Snakes, lizards, newts, salamanders, frogs, toads. Oh, hell, all reptiles and amphibians. I could have a heart attack or maybe a stroke. Then you’d be sorry.

Inevitably, of course, his hand found its way inside my swim trunks.

Once, summoning all the courage I could muster, I implored, “M-m-maybe w-we could go in now. It’s after d-d-dark.” His response to my gross insubordination was to submerge my head below the surface of the water hold it there until I knew I would drown. After a while he would oh-so-slowly lift my face above the surface, just barely enough for me to cough and sputter a few gulps of air into my depleted lungs and then suggest that the lesson was not yet over. I quickly learned to keep my ideas to myself…

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