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By Ian McEwan

Peter Fortune is a daydreamer. he is a quiet ten yr previous who can not help himself from throwing in the towel of truth and into the superb international of his shiny mind's eye. His daydreams are magnificent and interesting - in basic terms within the strange and nerve-racking international of desires can he swop our bodies with the relations cat and his child cousin, Kenneth, or wipe out his whole relations with vanishing cream.

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You’ve seen how we live,’ it screamed. ‘Sixty of us squashed into one corner of the room. You’ve passed us a thousand times, and you’ve never given it a thought. What do you care that we’re piled on top of each other like bricks in a wall. You just don’t see what’s in front of you. Look at us! No space, no privacy, not even a bed for most of us. Now it’s someone else’s turn with that room. ’ Another great roar went up from the crowd, and once again, the chant was taken up. ‘What’s fair is fair!

When he woke up, these monsters slid behind the curtains, or crept into the wardrobe. Because Kate was in the room, it was just that little bit easier to get out of bed and sprint across the landing to his parents’ room. But there were times when he did mind sharing a room. And Kate minded too. There were long afternoons when they got on each other’s nerves. A squabble would lead to a row, and a row to a fight, a proper punching, scratching, hair-pulling fight. Since Peter was three years older he expected to win these all-out battles.

I have another adventure to begin. Thank you for letting me be a boy. I have learned so many things that will be useful to me in the time to come. ’ Peter was about to speak, but the cat spirit was returning to its own body. ‘There’s very little time,’ it seemed to say, as the pink and purple light folded itself into the fur of the cat. Peter drifted towards his own body, and slipped in round the back, at the top of the spine. It felt rather odd at first. This body did not really fit him. When he stood up he was shaky on his legs.

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