The rat scrambles. It runs toward the subway tunnel to escape its stalker, who keeps yelling, “I love you. Please don’t go.” Droplets of tears slide down the young runaway’s scabbed face. His world appears to crumble; he just wants something to care for since no one else cares about him.
Trudy Truesdale thinks Tuesday’s tongue twister tryout tends to tumble the thought train. Tori Tucker’s tactic to tickle the tally taker turns to torture. Tommy Turner tattles to the team’s teacher.
Tension trumps, triggering twitches.
“That’s that!” their teacher tells them.
The team terminates.