You know that game when you hold your breath under water for as long as you can? said the girl. The little boy replied, I don't like that game. Why not? asked the girl, looking at her friends sandy coloured hair with a hint of twelve year old love. My cousin Tess did that last Summer but never came up, said the boy.
And so the two friends sat together and thought about beautiful Tess who had forgotten to breathe one day and was never seen again. They keep her ashes on our mantelpiece, says the boy. We don't want her to go near water again.