Thursday, March 01

The Secret of El Arenque Rojo, Chapter 3: The Child Who Stares

by Jason Toon

If you bought our Woot 2012 Calendar, you may have noticed that each month sports a different QR code. And if you've scanned that code, you've gotten a message telling you to wait until the first of the given month to read a new installment in The Secret of El Arenque Rojo. And then you probably wondered what we were talking about. Chapter 1 appeared in January on the Woot blog. Chapter 2 took the tale to Home.Woot. And now Chapter 3 brings Roy Odom and his prophetic slapstick quest to Kids.Woot...

Roy Odom's voice climbed and climbed, faster and faster, finally tumbling over the edge of the end of his story, landing in a billowy breath. He waited for some reaction to flex Professor Evelyn Sayre's face into life.

But the head of the Quarterpace University film department just stared. Then sighed. Then reclined in her vintage wooden roller chair, the slatted back creaking into place. Her eyes never left Roy's as she reached for the almost empty Slurpee cup on her desk and took a last, loud slurp on the red straw.

Professor Sayre had a powerful presence for a twelve-year-old...

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