Thomas Clark was born in Washington, D.C. in 1941 and educated at Gonzaga College High School and at The Catholic University of America. He spent his working career practicing architecture before retiring to devote more time to writing. He lives in West River, Maryland with his wife Roz.
Noahby Thomas Clark
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About most things Noah Lucas is very brave for somebody who won’t turn five until his next birthday. He isn't afraid of going by himself into the woods that surround the old house he and his mother live in. He isn’t afraid to pick up turtles. He isn’t even afraid of the snakes he sometimes sees in the woods. Noah isn't afraid of anything except his mother’s boyfriend Sonny and Sonny scares him to death.
Noah’s mother Sandra knows all too well that Sonny can be rough. She knows that he has a history of violence but she tells herself that is all in the past and, even after the local sheriff tries to warn her about the kind of man she is dating, she won’t budge from her belief that Sonny would never harm her or her son. She honestly believes what she is saying when she tells Noah that Sonny didn’t mean to hurt his arm. She tries to convince Noah that Sonny just isn’t used to being around children.
It was right after that talk that Sonny lost his temper with Noah, hurting him again then describing in graphic detail the terrible thing he would do if Noah ever told anyone about it. What he threatened to do was the worst thing the horrified Noah had ever heard about in his young life. It frightened Noah so much that after that, whenever he spotted Sonny’s big red car coming up the driveway, he ran away as fast as he could and hid in the woods or in the old barn and refused to come home until
Sonny left, no matter how many times his mother called him.
Mrs. Strawberry, the lady who watches Noah during the day, has told his mother more than once that she has no use for men like Sonny but all she has ever succeeded in doing is to make Noah's mother really mad at her. Mrs. Strawberry is very curious about Noah’s injured arm but when she tries to get him to tell her what happened he refuses to say a word. Noah is so quiet that Mrs. Strawberry wonders if he has lost the ability to speak. In fact Noah can speak just fine but the only person he will talk to is his mother and he only does that when he is sure there is no one else around to hear. There is no doubt in his young mind that Sonny will do exactly what he promised to do if anyone ever finds out about the things Sonny has done.
Noah’s only hope is Ben, the old man who has moved into the apartment above their house. Sometimes Noah sneaks up the stairs and peeks into Ben’s kitchen. Sometimes he hides under the porch and listens while Ben is talking to Ms. Strawberry. Noah thinks that Ben is the nicest person he has ever been around. If only he wasn’t so afraid of Sonny he could talk to Ben and they would be friends. Ben was old but he would make Sonny go away if he knew how bad Sonny was. Noah just knew he would.
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