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There was a woman wailing. A girl stood numbly next to her.
In panic, the mother opened the door.
She climbed down into the snow, holding the small body.
What could the girl do but follow? As you’ve been informed, two guards also exited the train. They discussed and argued over what to do. The
situation was unsavory to say the least. It was eventually decided that all three of them should be taken to the
next township and left there to sort things out.
This time, the train limped through the snowed-in country.
It hobbled in and stopped.
They stepped onto the platform, the body in her mother’s arms.
The boy was getting heavy.
Liesel had no idea where she was. All was white, and as they remained at the station, she could only stare at the
faded lettering of the sign in front of her. For Liesel, the town was nameless, and it was there that her brother,
Werner, was buried two days later. Witnesses included a priest and two shivering grave diggers.
A pair of train guards.
A pair of grave diggers.
When it came down to it, one of them called the shots.
The other did what he was told.
The question is, what if the other is a lot more than one?
Mistakes, mistakes, it’s all I seem capable of at times.
For two days, I went about my business. I traveled the globe as always, handing souls to the conveyor belt of
eternity. I watched them trundle passively on. Several times, I warned myself that I should keep a good distance
from the burial of Liesel Meminger’s brother. I did not heed my advice.
From miles away, as I approached, I could already see the small group of humans standing frigidly among the
wasteland of snow. The cemetery welcomed me like a friend, and soon, I was with them. I bowed my head.
Standing to Liesel’s left, the grave diggers were rubbing their hands together and whining about the snow and
the current digging conditions. “So hard getting through all the ice,” and so forth. One of them couldn’t have
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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