Go to Sleep

“Christopher, turn off the light and go to sleep,” his mother said from the doorway.

Ten year old Christopher turned the next page of his book. “I need to finish this chapter.”

“You can finish it tomorrow night.” Christopher’s reading was limited to bedtime. His mother thought he had better things to do, like helping with his younger siblings and practicing soccer.

He frowned at the book. “I need to find out what happens.”

His mother came into the room. She pulled the book from his hands, put it on the bedside table, and switched off the lamp.

“Sleep,” she said. “You need to be up early tomorrow to get the twins’ science fair project to school.” She went out, shutting the door.

Christopher sighed and fumbled for the book. He placed his bookmark on it, then lay back on the pillow with open eyes. He wouldn’t sleep much tonight.

Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson


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