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He wasted no time in losing control of the bike, sliding across the ice, and lying facedown on the road.
When he didn’t move, Rudy looked at Liesel with alarm. “Crucified Christ,” he said, “I think we might have
killed him!” He crept slowly out, removed the basket, and they made their getaway.
“Was he breathing?” Liesel asked, farther down the street.
“Keine Ahnung,” Rudy said, clinging to the basket. He had no idea.
From far down the hill, they watched as Otto stood up, scratched his head, scratched his crotch, and looked
everywhere for the basket.
“Stupid Scheisskopf. ” Rudy grinned, and they looked through the spoils. Bread, broken eggs, and the big one,
Speck. Rudy held the fatty ham to his nose and breathed it gloriously in. “Beautiful.”
As tempting as it was to keep the victory to themselves, they were overpowered by a sense of loyalty to Arthur
Berg. They made their way to his impoverished lodging on Kempf Strasse and showed him the produce. Arthur
couldn’t hold back his approval.
“Who did you steal this from?”
It was Rudy who answered. “Otto Sturm.”
“Well,” he nodded, “whoever that is, I’m grateful to him.” He walked inside and returned with a bread knife, a
frying pan, and a jacket, and the three thieves walked the hallway of apartments. “We’ll get the others,” Arthur
Berg stated as they made it outside. “We might be criminals, but we’re not totally immoral.” Much like the
book thief, he at least drew the line somewhere.
A few more doors were knocked on. Names were called out to apartments from streets below, and soon, the
whole conglomerate of Arthur Berg’s fruit-stealing troop was on its way to the Amper. In the clearing on the
other side, a fire was lit and what was left of the eggs was salvaged and fried. The bread and Speck were cut.
With hands and knives, every last piece of Otto Sturm’s delivery was eaten. No priest in sight.
It was only at the end that an argument developed, regarding the basket. The...
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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