2 Works in Clarence Crumb/Dennis
Clarence Crumb’s presence is a reprieve for Kevin and his protective alter Dennis. Their time together puts them out of reach of the horrific abuse Kevin and Dennis experience at the hands of their cruel mother. Yet it’s still not easy for the boys. Whereas Kevin, afraid to take The Light even when Clarence is around, continues to prefer seeking refuge in the safety of The Dark, Dennis is left to form a bond with Clarence who initiates escape through imagination. Today, he and a very young Dennis play while working in the backyard.
Although this can be read as a stand alone, it is the second vignette companion piece that ties into my fan novel Fragment. Contains mild Fragment spoilers.
Weary of a secret life of abuse, Casey Cooke seeks out the only one who has ever understood her: Kevin Crumb’s volatile personality called The Beast. But it’s her dangerous abductor Dennis who awaits her. The pair forms a deadly pact to serve The Beast while fleeing from two detectives closing in and desperately striving to stay one step ahead of the imminent presence of David Dunn.