It’s 10:00 pm. I put my Barbie’s to bed for the night, and kneel by my bed to say my prayers.
Please help all the little kids in the world who have less than I do, you know the ones who are starving or really sick—the ones I’ve seen on T.V. Thank you, God, for hearing my prayers each night.
After prayer time, I saunter into the living room on my wooden scooter wearing an oversized green “Luck of the Irish, Guinness” t-shirt.
“Jenny, come sit next to Poppa. You’re just in time. A really good movie is about to start.”
I join him on the basket-weave brown and orange sofa.
The movie is called “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
“Jenny, you’re really going to like this movie. It’s Freddy Cougar. Lots of hacked-up killing and good shit in this movie. Daddy knows you have school in the morning, but our deal is still the same. You stay up as late as you want. So long as you never complain about getting up first thing in the morning. I think that’s a good deal, don’t you?”
I nod, as razor sharp claws emerge on the screen.