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blowing kisses at their father or simply standing and nodding hello (in the case of the oldest ones), then moving
on, toward the final landmark before school.
THE LAST STOP
The road of yellow stars
It was a place nobody wanted to stay and look at, but almost everyone did. Shaped like a long, broken arm, the
road contained several houses with lacerated windows and bruised walls. The Star of David was painted on their
doors. Those houses were almost like lepers. At the very least, they were infected sores on the injured German
“Schiller Strasse,” Rudy said. “The road of yellow stars.”
At the bottom, some people were moving around. The drizzle made them look like ghosts. Not humans, but
shapes, moving about beneath the lead-colored clouds. “Come on, you two,” Kurt (the oldest of the Steiner children) called back, and Rudy and Liesel walked quickly
At school, Rudy made a special point of seeking Liesel out during the breaks. He didn’t care that others made
noises about the new girl’s stupidity. He was there for her at the beginning, and he would be there later on,
when Liesel’s frustration boiled over. But he wouldn’t do it for free.
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN
A BOY WHO HATES YOU
A boy who loves you.
In late April, when they’d returned from school for the day, Rudy and Liesel waited on Himmel Street for the
usual game of soccer. They were slightly early, and no other kids had turned up yet. The one person they saw
was the gutter-mouthed Pfiffikus.
“Look there.” Rudy pointed.
A PORTRAIT OF PFIFFIKUS
He was a delicate frame.
He was white hair.
He was a black raincoat, brown pants, decomposing shoes, and
a mouth—and what a mouth it was.
As the distant figure turned, Rudy started whistling.
The old man simultaneously straightened and proceeded to swear with a ferocity that can only be described as a
talent. No one seemed to know the real name that belonged to him, or at least if they did, they n...
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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