In the end, food is their downfall.
Eddie is five.
It’s August, and it’s hot, and no electricity means no AC, and Eddie wants ice-cream.
Sophia doesn’t have any ice-cream.
Eddie throws a tantrum, and screams, and Sophia clamps a hand over his mouth, but it’s already too late.
The Things have heard.
There are sounds outside, Things banging against the shutters and the door, and Sophia tries to use the furnitures as barricades, but they are heavy, hard to move, and she is out of time.
The door breaks down, and the Things come in.
Sophia isn’t sure what happens next, her actions blurred together by the beating of her heart in her ears, but she manages to get Eddie and herself out.
There are Things outside.