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The kid nodded. " Jack led Travis down the carpeted isle, taking a pair of seats somewhere in the middle. They had no sooner sat down when the kid shut the door, sealing them in darkness. Jack was sure that usually there were at least lights along the aisle, but the clerk had left them off. The darkness was so complete that Jack could not see his hand in front of his face, nor his son sitting next to him. High above them, he heard rain tapping on the roof. " Jack squeezed his son's small fingers.
It's all right. " "Oh . . well, it's not working. Like I said--" "My son is blind now," Jack said. " Jack saw the question forming on the kid's lips: Then why? But the kid didn't ask. He just nodded and pointed to the glass doors next to the booth. Jack went back to the bench. " Travis asked. "Yes," Jack said. " The clerk rattled open the deadbolt and opened the glass doors. Jack took his son's hand and led him inside. The entry room had a high ceiling, and the room was nearly as cool as outside.
The clerk's face appeared in the window. He was so incredibly young, Jack thought. He was trying to think of what to say when Travis squeezed his hand. " Travis looked up at him with vacant, unseeing eyes. His sight was mostly gone now -- only a vague awareness of light and dark remained. " "Nothing. " Jack looked at the clerk, whose bland expression had not changed. "We drove over four hours to get here. " "I'm sorry, sir," the clerk said. "The equipment is broken. " Jack felt his anger rise at the nonchalance in the clerk's tone, but he suppressed it.
A Dark Planetarium by Scott William Carter