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Sure enough, when they turned around, the farmer was running at them, the weapon held aloft.
The whole group ran for the fence line and made their way over. Rudy, who was farthest away, caught up
quickly, but not quickly enough to avoid being last. As he pulled his leg up, he became entangled.
The sound of the stranded.
The group stopped.
Instinctively, Liesel ran back. “Hurry up!” Arthur called out. His voice was far away, as if he’d swallowed it before it exited his mouth.
The others ran.
Liesel arrived and started pulling at the fabric of his pants. Rudy’s eyes were opened wide with fear. “Quick,”
he said, “he’s coming.”
Far off, they could still hear the sound of deserting feet when an extra hand grabbed the wire and reefed it away
from Rudy Steiner’s pants. A piece was left on the metallic knot, but the boy was able to escape.
“Now move it,” Arthur advised them, not long before the farmer arrived, swearing and struggling for breath.
The ax held on now, with force, to his leg. He called out the futile words of the robbed:
“I’ll have you arrested! I’ll find you! I’ll find out who you are!”
That was when Arthur Berg replied.
“The name is Owens!” He loped away, catching up to Liesel and Rudy. “Jesse Owens!”
When they made it to safe ground, fighting to suck the air into their lungs, they sat down and Arthur Berg came
over. Rudy wouldn’t look at him. “It’s happened to all of us,” Arthur said, sensing the disappointment. Was he
lying? They couldn’t be sure and they would never find out.
A few weeks later, Arthur Berg moved to Cologne.
They saw him once more, on one of Liesel’s washing delivery rounds. In an alleyway off Munich Street, he
handed Liesel a brown paper bag containing a dozen chestnuts. He smirked. “A contact in the roasting
industry.” After informing them of his departure, he managed to proffer a last pimply smile and to cuff each of
them on th...
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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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