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single working mother wants desperately to avoid: Who has time to think of costumes? But with a twist of the towel, it struck her. Harry was shy. Harry loved the disembodied hand character on The Addams Family called “Thing.” Harry loved his Answer Box. Thing often appeared out of a box. What if …? They found another cardboard box behind the supermarket. Harry drew bright Addams Family artwork on butcher paper. Rachel helped him cover the box with it. A delighted Harry cut the hole for his hand to pass through. The concept was a little vague, so Rachel wrote “Addams Family’s THING” in bold letters on the box. Around nine on All Hallow’s Eve, when Sophie and Harry were blissfully exploring pillow cases filled with caramel apples, Milky Ways, and Hershey’s bars, Rachel opened the door to a late Trick-or-Treater. He was tall — a teenager, she thought — and dressed as Sherlock Holmes. A tick later, as the force of George’s fist against her face sent bags of M&M’s flying from her hand, she remembered that he’d played Holmes their senior year. A neighbor looked after the children until the hospital released Rachel. She filed a police report. Her employer, the local radio station, issued a warning: she’d lose her job if this continued. What does “this” mean? Rachel wondered. This out-of


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