If the Elastic Doesn't do the Trick, we Can Put this Roof on his Head So he Can Know What God looks Like
George and Darcy peer over the baby gate at the top of the basement stairs. Given its location, it is a custom-made, high, solid, thick slab of wood with heavy-duty hinges and a substantial bolt. We're taking no chances on a tumble down those rail-less stairs to the concrete floor below. Probably because it's such forbidden territory, the basement fascinates with mystery and horror. George and Darcy discuss. Random boy (aka Arthur) "converses", too. It would be too generous to say that he "joined" the conversation, but perhaps we can say he "inputted" into the conversation. (We could say that, though the English major in me recoils from it. Still, the word conveys the reality (surreality?) of the conversation reasonably well...) G: There’s an inky, stinky monster in the basement. A: Let’s go build a house with the blocks. D: A monster? G: Yes, and we have to kill it. A: A house with a door and a window and a roof. D: How do you kill a monster? A: Put a roof on top. G: With this (elastic), but he’s not dead yet. A: A tower in the corner. G: Oh, he's dead now. D: Is he sad? Is he sad because he’s dead? G: No, he’s not sad because now he knows what God looks like. A: I winned! G: No, I winned! D: No, we all winned! G,A: YEAH!!!