Jim took the kid's clothes into the bathroom, hung them over the towel
rack and ran himself a shower. He cleaned and dried himself off, climbed
out and was just in the process of putting his pants on when the shower
started running again.
Jim frowned and turned around to turn it off again. His little hand
passed under the water and he jerked it back right away - it was scolding
hot! He shrieked, winced and held the light burn, cringing in pain. Jim
felt tears swelling up in his eyes. It was instinctive and there was
nothing he could do about it. He was a seven-year-old boy now and he was
just taking in pain like any other kid would.
Meanwhile, the shower ran at full force and the room started filling up
with steam. Jim reached in with his left hand, more careful this time,
and tried to turn it off. It was jammed, or at least he was too weak to
turn it off by himself.
By now the steam rose to his knees, which wasn't very high considering he
was a second-grader. Jim abandoned the shower and grabbed the rest of his
clothes, heading for the door.
It was locked from the outside!
He pulled it as hard as he could (which wasn't very hard) but to no
avail. The shower continued to let loose with hot water, drowning out all
noise. Jim started to panic. He pounded his fists against the door and
screamed, "Help! Someone! I'm stuck in here!"
The steam just kept building up. It was at his hip already and Jim was
finding it hard to see his feet. He gave up on the door and tried to
climb out the window, but it was too high for him to reach in his
After a few minutes, Jim couldn't see a thing through the mist of the
rising steam. Feeling light-headed, he steadied himself on the floor. The
world started to spin and he faded into unconsciousness...
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