It was late when Simon and Lars got into their nursery beds. Simon had played strenuously all day and was tired so he was soon asleep. But Lars couldn't sleep. He was afraid of the dark and in the nursery there was only a small streak of light from the kitchen. The roller blind was down and the blackout blind was in place, as it was the end of May. The weak little light from the kitchen was the only security Lars had. This was not enough and Lars became increasingly afraid. Dad had forbidden the boys to turn on the lamp or to remove the blackout blind and he used to tell Lars that his fear of darkness was something he must overcome now that he was older. He must realize that it was not at all dangerous. But Lars knew better and his fear continued.

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