A horror tale with a riddle, a simple question that is sometimes scary. There are people who don't even dare to do it, afraid of what they will hear in response.
What about you? Dare to ask?
Winning short story of the Monsters Challenge created by the Brazilian Embassy in 2020.
I first learned that Ditha was a human when my father one day tested my learning about numbers and counting.
"Son, how many animals are in our courtyard?" he asked me one afternoon in early fall before the winter rain began.
Ten," I replied with a triumphant smile.
“No. Try again,” he encouraged.
Eager to prove my prowess, I counted on my finger...
Thus, with no critical task to complete and three hours left on the clock, the teens played. Roaming here and there with no purpose. Unraveling their work to do it over. Counting the numbers of circular lights on the ceiling. Crouching in the corner, no longer attempting to hide the fact that they were texting, rather trying to give their aching...
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