“I dare you!” Thomas urged, pushing his brother in the back. “Go on, go in there – it’ll be fine, he isn’t home.”
Sam turned on his brother. Thomas was always so quick to volunteer someone else when it came to doing something stupid. “You go, I’m not going in there mum will kill me if I get caught”
“Big baby” laughed Thomas, the sun reflecting off his mop of yellow hair “I don’t know what you’re so scared of!”
“Shut up” shouted Sam, pushing his brother in the chest “you go in there then if you’re so brave!”
“Don’t need to, I have nothing to prove.” Thomas teased. He was 2 years younger but already an inch taller than Sam and the scar above his eye was proof that he wasn’t one for caution.
“And I do?” Sam asked “I’m not going in there. I’m not scared I just don’t want to.”
“No of course you aren’t” Thomas smirked.
“I swear Tom, you’re such an idiot.”
“If I am I’m an idiot who isn’t scared to go near old man Hopkins’ place!”
“You know what Tom” Sam replied, fists clenched. “Call me scared again and I’m going to punch you in the mouth!” This always happened – Tom would come up with some stupid game or dangerous idea then get everyone else to do it and wouldn’t shut up until something went wrong. It always did.
“Ha! I’m not scared of you Sam!” Tom teased, “You’re the scared one remember!”
Before he knew it Sam had punched him squarely in the nose. Tom fell to the floor clutching his face. “You absolute idiot Sam!” Tom roared, blood already trickling from his nose “why did you have to do that I was only joking!” He wiped his nose of the back of his hand, tears welling up in his eyes.
“Shit sorry Tom” Sam said reaching out to help his brother up “I didn’t mean to do that, honest!” He might be annoying but he was his little brother.
“Oh you swore!” Said Tom laughing, taking his brother’s hand “just you wait until I tell mum!”
“God Tom” Sam smiled, “you’re such an idiot! How about we go in there together”
“Go on then, I’ll keep you safe” he grinned. “Then we need to get home, mum will be worried if we’re late”
Photo courtesy of Sue Vincent