He must have been about eleven years old,
playing with his friend in the front of his house, digging up the ground.
When he was even younger he would eat the earth,
Dig up ant hills -
And place brown ants versus black ones, with the soldiers snipping away, stealing the bodies to feed the queen.
Now he was older he still played with toys.
Snake Eyes his favourite from his GI-Joe set.
Him and Giancarlos against each other, building up the jungle war to end all wars
Space ships, transformers, star wars and dinosaurs ..
Both of their bases were pretty much done
all that was left was for the first one to shoot off the gun
--- when --- some men came RUNNING down the street, quick feet successions - convulsed faces with sweat glistening off their cheeks
chased by some others with real shiny guns - shining in the distance
the ones with real guns chased them but were far off
the scared ones, at a step, cut in towards an alley, tossing, at the turn, a plastic brick into the bushes
the boys frozen by the moment had by now given up on the figurines
their hands were covered in muck
the larger men with the guns by now on the verge of arriving, asking the boys where they went, down the alley they said
and then the moment was gone
the boys went straight for the brick
something white covered in layers of plastic
and into the house to unwrap it Giancarlos says
Giancarlos got a knife from the kitchen and broke through
white dust, white plumes
smelt of something you might use in the garden
"Why the guns? But why were they running away?"
They left on the table, time played on their minds, while their hands nibbled at computer games
"Maybe its worth some money?"
"Maybe its jinxed. We have to get rid of it"
"Why would men be running so scared"
"Quick hide the stuff!"
Mother calls again
the coke they never cleared up
and somehow mother is at the door
"What the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!"
the questions rolled out with demons and volume
apparently the evil word that killed the uncle
made him jump from the top of the building
killed him and made the evil of all human nations
the reason why this country is rotting from its innards and stunted
all these reasons and more
she made them flush it down the toilet