Steve Darsey was definitely human. There was absolutely no doubt about that. But there were rumors about the Darsey family. A new cat about the house while Steve was EVIDENTLY on some sort of trip. Then, when he came back, the cat was gone. Or the time when a bear hung around the neighborhood, uncomfortably close to the Darsey place. Steve was on a one day outing with friends. The excuse was transparent: Steve HAD no friends. The younger children said that the Darsey family ATE the animals that happened to show up. The teenagers said that Steve was afraid of animals, which lent Steve to a large amount of ribbing at school. The adults simply said it was a coincidence, even if they didn't believe that themselves.
But there was no doubt in anyone's mind: Steve wasn't normal.
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