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Americans Don't Get Much Holiday
Back at Grandma's, Conor's dad says he's only staying a few days, because Americans don't get much holiday (that's Brit-speak for vacation).
Conor reminds his dad that he's not an American, but that doesn't change anything. Bottom line? Dad can't stay. But he promises to come back when he needs to.
Conor knows what that means, and it makes him angry. When his dad asks if Conor wants company, Conor says no and goes into Grandma's house alone.
Inside, he kicks the settee a few times, leaving satisfying scratches on his grandma's perfect floor. Then he looks up and sees the clock.
It's about to chime nine o'clock. Just before it chimes, Conor reaches up to turn the hands toward the 12. He accidentally breaks the clock, and it stops.
Immediately, he knows he's done something really, really bad. Grandma's house is your classic pristine old lady's house and now he's gone and messed it up.
Plus, he's stopped the hands at 12:07.
Sure enough, the monster shows up, right there in the living room.
He's here to tell Conor a story about a man who thought only of himself.
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