Unformatted text preview: pine, though not as hard as Rudy might have hoped. Franz Deutscher spun around
and looked happy to find him standing there, with Liesel, Tommy, and Tommy’s little sister, Kristina.
“Let’s run,” Liesel urged him, but Rudy didn’t move.
“We’re not at Hitler Youth now,” he informed her. The older boys had already arrived. Liesel remained next to
her friend, as did the twitching Tommy and the delicate Kristina.
“Mr. Steiner,” Franz declared, before picking him up and throwing him to the pavement.
When Rudy stood up, it served only to infuriate Deutscher even more. He brought him to the ground for a
second time, following him down with a knee to the rib cage.
Again, Rudy stood up, and the group of older boys laughed now at their friend. This was not the best news for
Rudy. “Can’t you make him feel it?” the tallest of them said. His eyes were as blue and cold as the sky, and the
words were all the incentive Franz needed. He was determined that Rudy would hit the ground and stay there.
A larger crowd made its way around them as Rudy swung at Franz Deutscher’s stomach, missing him
completely. Simultaneously, he felt the burning sensation of a fist on his left eye socket. It arrived with sparks,
and he was on the ground before he even realized. He was punched again, in the same place, and he could feel
the bruise turn yellow and blue and black all at once. Three layers of exhilarating pain.
The developing crowd gathered and leered to see if Rudy might get up again. He didn’t. This time, he remained
on the cold, wet ground, feeling it rise through his clothes and spread itself out.
The sparks were still in his eyes, and he didn’t notice until it was too late that Franz now stood above him with a
brand-new pocketknife, about to crouch down and cut him.
“No!” Liesel protested, but the tall one held her back. In her ear, his words were deep and old. “Don’t worry,” he assured her. “He won’t do it. He doesn’t have the guts.”
He was wrong.
Franz merged into a kneeling position as he leane...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2014 for the course ENG 99 taught by Professor Michal during the Winter '13 term at CSU Sacramento.
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