INTO THE LAND OF SNOWS by Ellis Nelson
REALITY AND ILLUSION
The phone rang at an ungodly hour. In the darkness, Blake reached across his desk and clicked it on.
“Hello?” he said, wiping the gunk from his eyes.
“Hi, Blake. It’s Dad,” came the response.
“Listen, I got a call from your mother.” The line crackled with static.
Blake threw his legs over the side of the bed and sat up. “Where are you?”
Mumble, mumble crack. “…at Base Camp. Look, I can’t get away, so the best I can do is have you come here,” Dad said.
“Come there? To Everest?” Blake said with disbelief. He dug his toe into the carpet and reminded himself he wasn’t dreaming.
“Yes, here. Your mother is very upset.”
“I know, but she’ll calm down in a couple of days,” Blake answered.
Dad’s tone turned harsh. “You’re coming here and we’re going to straighten this out.”
Blake drew in a cold breath and pleaded, “This is not a big deal. Everyone is overreacting. Besides, I can’t come there. I’m in the middle of school. Maybe over the break. I know Mom will calm down. Look, this isn’t necessary.”
Static filled the line. “…not open to discussion. You are in big trouble and your butt is mine for the next few months. I’ve talked this all out with your mother and she’ll help you get ready. I’ll see you in a couple of weeks.”
Click. The phone went dead. Blake let it drop into his lap. He climbed under the covers and pulled his comforter up close. With his back against the headboard, he shivered and wondered why everyone was making this out to be so important. On top of that, this was the first time he had heard from his father in the many months following the divorce, and the phone call hadn’t been the warm reunion Blake sought. Why had Dad felt compelled to call in the middle of the night? Everyone was acting like this was a really serious thing, and it just wasn’t. Go to Everest? That was crazy! He’d talk to Mom in the morning and once she truly heard what he had to say, she’d agree and Dad would back off his insane idea. Blake chuckled. Base Camp, Everest, yeah, right!
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