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This about four boys—Jared, whose parents haven't quite managed to deal with the death of his older brother, Jensen, abandoned by his mother to an abusive father, Tommy, suffering youngest child syndrome in a family of incredible overachievers, and Mike, trying to stand out in his crowded family while dealing with a sort of benign neglect from his over-stressed parents.
The story takes place over a few days in summer, in an unnamed state somewhere on the east coast, when the boys undertake to find a body abandoned in the woods.
This AU is based (so loosely) on Stand By Me, which in turn was based on The Body, by Steven King. Written for the 2012