When I came across this paragraph in TransAtlantic by Colum Mc Cann, I couldn’t help thinking about Piglet and his love for predictable hide and seek.
He used to play that game when he was young, in the small house in Waterville. He hid in the closet beneath the stairs where his mother kept the jar of figs. A familiar smell. The jars were ranged high on the shelves: his own small Lebanon, cramped and tidy.
A tiny glint of light came from the hallway, leaked in, clarified the dark. He tucked himself away in the corner, at the base of the wooden shelves, waiting to be caught.
His brothers got so used to him hiding in the same place that once they left him for hours, just to rile him, and to rile them back he just stayed completely still, remained beneath the stairs until after dinner when they finally came to get him out, cramped, sore, vaguely victorious.
~ TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
I confess we have left Piglet in his hiding place a couple of times, but he’s such a baby…he comes running out in minutes :).
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!