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Call No.: 133.9 E92S DUODECIMO
Location: George Peabody Library
Benji appeared suddenly in Kathy’s office, even though it was the middle of the day. She nearly dropped her soda, she was that startled.
“Miss Kathy! You gotta come quick!”
“What’s wrong, Benji?”
He was already flickering, disappearing again.
“The children’s room, Miss Kathy! Quick!”
She didn’t question it and darted out of her office and down the hallway, through the big wooden doors. What she found sent a panic through her. One of the computers off on the side was smoking and the teenage volunteer who helped out with the children’s room didn’t know what to do.
“Pull the plug!”
Kathy grabbed the fire extinguisher from where it was hanging on the wall just in case and they stood there watching, staring at the tower warily as though flames might shoot out of it at any moment. After what seemed like hours, but was more like fifteen minutes or so, Kathy turned to look at the boy.
“Michael, what happened?”
“I don’t know… I was shelving the returns and I looked over to see it doing that.”
Kathy took a deep breath.
“I’m going to ask someone else, but I want you to promise not to freak out if he shows up, okay?”
Before the boy could really process what she’d asked, she looked towards the pile of toys.
“Benji, did you see?”
The little boy appeared, holding his favorite rag doll tight against his chest.
“I did, Miss Kathy. One of the little’uns spilled their juice and didn’t tell because they’re not s’posed to have juice in here.”
Michael opened and closed his mouth a few times and Kathy smiled.
“Thank you, Benji. Michael, this is Benji. He helps us out here too.”