Unformatted text preview: journeys with Arthur Berg and his friends, keen to prove their worth and extend their
thieving repertoire. They took potatoes from one farm, onions from another. Their biggest victory, however,
they performed alone.
As witnessed earlier, one of the benefits of walking through town was the prospect of finding things on the
ground. Another was noticing people, or more important, the same people, doing identical things week after
A boy from school, Otto Sturm, was one such person. Every Friday afternoon, he rode his bike to church,
carrying goods to the priests.
For a month, they watched him, as good weather turned to bad, and Rudy in particular was determined that one
Friday, in an abnormally frosty week in October, Otto wouldn’t quite make it.
“All those priests,” Rudy explained as they walked through town. “They’re all too fat anyway. They could do
without a feed for a week or so.” Liesel could only agree. First of all, she wasn’t Catholic. Second, she was
pretty hungry herself. As always, she was carrying the washing. Rudy was carrying two buckets of cold water,
or as he put it, two buckets of future ice.
Just before two o’clock, he went to work.
Without any hesitation, he poured the water onto the road in the exact position where Otto would pedal around
Liesel had to admit it.
There was a small portion of guilt at first, but the plan was perfect, or at least as close to perfect as it could be.
At just after two o’clock every Friday, Otto Sturm turned onto Munich Street with the produce in his front
basket, at the handlebars. On this particular Friday, that was as far as he would travel.
The road was icy as it was, but Rudy put on the extra coat, barely able to contain a grin. It ran across his face
like a skid.
“Come on,” he said, “that bush there.” After approximately fifteen minutes, the diabolical plan bore its fruit, so to speak.
Rudy pointed his finger into a gap in the bush. “There he is.”
Otto came around the corner, dopey as a lamb...
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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.
- Winter '13