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The words were flung at her, landing somewhere on the concrete step.
“That Deutscher,” he summed up buoyantly. “He got us, huh, Tommy?”
Tommy nodded, twitched, and spoke, not necessarily in that order. “It was because of me.”
“Tommy, what did I say?”
“Now! Just keep quiet.”
When Tommy walked forlornly home a short while later, Rudy tried what appeared to be a masterful new tactic.
On the step, he perused the mud that had dried as a crusty sheet on his uniform, then looked Liesel hopelessly in
the face. “What about it, Saumensch?” “What about what?”
“You know. . . .”
Liesel responded in the usual fashion.
“Saukerl,” she laughed, and she walked the short distance home. A disconcerting mixture of mud and pity was
one thing, but kissing Rudy Steiner was something entirely different.
Smiling sadly on the step, he called out, rummaging a hand through his hair. “One day,” he warned her. “One
In the basement, just over two years later, Liesel ached sometimes to go next door and see him, even if she was
writing in the early hours of morning. She also realized it was most likely those sodden days at the Hitler Youth
that had fed his, and subsequently her own, desire for crime.
After all, despite the usual bouts of rain, summer was beginning to arrive properly. The Klar apples should have
been ripening. There was more stealing to be done. THE LOSERS
When it came to stealing, Liesel and Rudy first stuck with the idea that there was safety in numbers. Andy
Schmeikl invited them to the river for a meeting. Among other things, a game plan for fruit stealing would be
on the agenda.
“So are you the leader now?” Rudy had asked, but Andy shook his head, heavy with disappointment. He clearly
wished that he had what it took.
“No.” His cool voice was unusually warm. Half-baked. “There’s someone else.”
THE NEW ARTHUR BERG
He had windy hair and cloudy eyes,
and he was the kind...
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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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