By Steven Gould
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It's against the rules. He'd never believe me without a demonstration. So why does it matter if he believes you ? It just did. And they were Dad's and Mum's rules and they were dead. " I pointed at my shirt and pants. His eyes narrowed. "Yeah. " I shook my head and stood up. " I jumped to the Safeway back in San Diego, where I'd gotten the crisps and salsa earlier. I got the twenty–pound burlap bag of pinto beans and paid for it in the quick–check line. Four minutes after I'd disappeared from Sam's living room I reappeared.
There was a definite no–contact rule. If you kicked or punched you had to stop short of hitting anybody. It was a firm rule and anyone who broke it had to sit out and could get dropped from the class if he kept doing it. Paully knew that. One of the kids told me Paully was kicked out of the class back in fourth grade for repeated offenses and was only allowed back the next year. What Paully did instead was turn his blocks into strikes. He'd block so hard, it hurt–it left bruises. Like, perhaps, a paintball round in the thigh, point–blank.
Paully? His parents? Someone from the school? Dad turned off the TV before he went to the door, followed by Mum, yawning. She hadn't fallen asleep yet–the news was on the weather. She saw me in the doorway and blinked, started to frown. I heard Dad open the door–it was around the corner past the kitchen so I couldn't see it from the hall. "Mr. " It was a woman's voice. "I'm so sorry to drop by this late, but I'd like to talk to you about Griffin. " Mum's head snapped around. " the woman's voice said.
Jumper: Griffin's Story by Steven Gould