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Unformatted text preview: “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, what have you got in here?” he asked. “An anvil?”
Frau Holtzapfel advanced alongside him. “The necessities.”
The Fiedlers lived six houses down. They were a family of four, all with wheat-colored hair and good German
eyes. More important, they had a nice, deep basement. Twenty-two people crammed themselves into it,
including the Steiner family, Frau Holtzapfel, Pfiffikus, a young man, and a family named Jenson. In the
interest of a civil environment, Rosa Hubermann and Frau Holtzapfel were kept separated, though some things
were above petty arguments.
One light globe dangled from the ceiling and the room was dank and cold. Jagged walls jutted out and poked
people in the back as they stood and spoke. The muffled sound of sirens leaked in from somewhere. They could
hear a distorted version of them that somehow found a way inside. Although creating considerable apprehension
about the quality of the shelter, at least they could hear the three sirens that would signal the end of the raid and
safety. They didn’t need a Luftschutzwart—an air-raid supervisor.
It wasn’t long before Rudy found Liesel and was standing next to her. His hair was pointing at something on the
ceiling. “Isn’t this great?”
She couldn’t resist some sarcasm. “It’s lovely.”
“Ah, come on, Liesel, don’t be like that. What’s the worst that can happen, apart from all of us being flattened
or fried or whatever bombs do?”
Liesel looked around, gauging the faces. She started compiling a list of who was most afraid.
THE HIT LIST
1. Frau Holtzapfel
2. Mr. Fiedler
3. The young man
4. Rosa Hubermann
Frau Holtzapfel’s eyes were trapped open. Her wiry frame was stooped forward, and her mouth was a circle.
Herr Fiedler busied himself by asking people, sometimes repeatedly, how they were feeling. The young man,
Rolf Schultz, kept to himself in the corner, speaking silently at the air around him, castigating it. His hands were
cemented into his pockets. Rosa rocked bac...
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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