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Authors: A. J. Compton

The Counting-Downers

BOOK: The Counting-Downers



The Counting-Downers

Copyright © 2015 A.J. Compton


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ISBN: 978-0-9933309-1-9


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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of various products, bands, and/or restaurants referenced in this work of fiction, which have been used without permission. The publication/use of these trademarks is not authorized, associated with, or sponsored by the trademark owners.

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Title Page



Part One


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Part Two

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven


A Note from the Author

About the Author




IN 11 DAYS, 4 hours, 23 minutes, and 17 seconds, my father, the most important man in my life, is going to die.

He doesn’t know how much time he has left.

But I do.

My mother, his childhood sweetheart, who still has 36 years, 8 months, 12 days, 16 hours, 19 minutes, and 4 seconds left on earth, knows it, too.

And so will my four-year-old brother, Oscar, who’ll be alive for the next 69 years, 5 months, 41 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes, and 12 seconds.

Though he’s too young to understand the cursed gift of the knowledge he will one day possess.

For him, numbers are not yet associated with feelings. His blissful ignorance protects him from grasping what he’s about to lose.

I am not so lucky. Or maybe I am.

For in just under a fortnight, I am all too aware that we will lose the foundation of our family.

The glue will evaporate, the strength will crumble, the backbone will snap, and the heartbeat will fall silent.

We live in a beautiful house, in a beautiful corner of the world. But it is not our home.

Our home
my father, and I don’t know what we will do, or who we will be, without him.

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