Meanwhile, in a Small Room, a Small Boy... was the fifth story in the Bernice Summerfield anthology Life During Wartime. It was written by Rob Shearman.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Peter waits in a small room. Sometimes he waits for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but always he waits for his mother.

Peter plays games with himself to see if his mother will come to see him. He counts to a thousand, and if breakfast comes before one thousand, his mother will come. The man doesn't bring breakfast until Peter reaches two thousand, three hundred eleven.

He tries holding his breath until his mother comes, but he can't. Angrily, he kicks the things in his room, and comes across a die. He decides that if he rolls three sixes in a row, his mother will come. If he doesn't, she must be dead.

The first roll is a six. The second roll is a six. Peter feels nauseous, and has a very brief flash of anger against his mother.

He drops the die a third time. He forces himself to not look at it. He will let the man come in and clean up the die with the rest of the things. As long as Peter can't see what the third roll was, there is still a chance.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The story was later reissued in Shearman's non-DWU collection, Tiny Deaths, with Peter's name removed from the story.

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