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He Sees You When You're Sleeping

by Robert McEvily

Six-year-old Wallace Partridge didn’t like Christmas. He was the youngest of four boys, the frailest, the slowest to learn. He liked to play by himself, away from other voices, their suggestions and demands. He frequently wet his bed, enjoying the release, hating the embarrassment. Santa was not his friend. Santa was a man with lists, a man who never wrote back.

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For some background on "He Sees You When You're Sleeping," click the play button below to listen to a brief podcast.



Robert McEvily is the creator and editor of Six Sentences. He lives in New York City.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to send this to us.


Jeanette Cheezum

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

Fantastic! And I LOVE the darkness of it. Merry Christmas to you, Rob. And keep these Sixes coming!

Anonymous said...

Rob: Those words freaked me out, too, when I was little, and Santa didn't even come to my house because I'm Jewish. That never stopped me from "acting good" for him, because I knew he was still watching me. It also never stopped me from leaving a cookie and a glass of milk for him by my chimney.
My birthday is Christmas Day, and I thought 'maybe there's a possibility he might drop one little present down the chimney for my b'day'.
Have a wonderful Christmas Rob and thanks for all you do to bring the joy of 6S into our lives.
Fondly,
Caroline Wells
caccy46

Robb Todd said...

Yeah! Screw Santa!

Joe said...

Rob, when I suggested at the White Horse that you submit more sixes, you told me you were going to submit more and you haven't disappointed! Excellent six. Santa Stalker! Great to see Rob back! Happy holidays (or holler-days)all!

georgina said...

Excellent. I love it, and I agree Santa is kind of creepy.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Fabulous piece. Very creepy.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rob,
love the piece...the contrasts weaved in this lost child is heartbreaking...but I also enjoyed hearing from the writers perspective and how the idea came to fruition...I think it's vital students understand how the process works and what innovation and creativity can produce!
MORE_ MORE I WANT MORE!

Madam Z said...

Poor little Wally. I'd be his friend. He has a lot in common with me, when I was Madamoiselle Z.

Harry said...

...and a Partridge in his own peeeee...

Cool six Robert, I like "Santa was a man with lists, a man who never wrote back."

Good to see you sixing on your own site. Merry Christmas!

Robert McEvily said...

Thanks Everyone!

margery said...

Nice piece! I loved the name, and now I love it more, sort of, after reading Harry's comment. Sentence #3 is pleasantly weighty. Thank you for pulling on the writer's cap again, Rob, to give us this! (I also enjoyed hearing your voice come from a large plastic Santa.)

The Writer's Spark said...

beautiful and fierce.

Loved this.

Happy Holidays!

-Meg

quin browne said...

you done us proud.

catherine todd said...

It's terrible to try and enjoy Christmas around someone who hates it.
I know, I've lived with this for far too many years and have only recently been able to break free (break off) relations. I don't know what pleasure certain people take in "hating Santa," perhaps they didn't get something one year when they were small? No offense to the author intended. Just musings on personal experience.

Ian said...

Aww, poor widdle Wally... This kid is a Scrooge in the making. Loved the last sentence, you can see this kid's life taking shape. I hope you and Santa have made up, Rob.

catherine todd said...

Thanks, Ian. My sentiments exactly. I didn't know how to put it into words, but I have seen it in action. I hope "the kid" does grow up someday and learn how to share Christmas with the world. It's really about sharing and caring, isn't it? If that actually exists - which is does in some environments, thank God.

paul d brazill said...

I expected a lot from this. And I got it. Dark, tan, dark. Great Robert.