I woke to a hard shake on my shoulders from Anne in the middle of the night Wha

I woke to a hard shake on my shoulders from anne in

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I woke to a hard shake on my shoulders from Anne in the middle of the night. “Wha—?” “Please, miss, you have to get up!” Her voice was frantic, worn with terror. “What’s wrong? Are you hurt?” “No, no. We have to get you to the basement; we’re under attack.”
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My mind was groggy; I couldn’t be sure I was hearing her right. But I noticed behind her that Lucy was already crying. “They’re inside?” I asked in disbelief. Lucy’s fearful wail was all the confirmation I needed. “What do we do?” I asked. A sudden adrenaline spike woke me up, and I jumped out of bed. As soon as I was standing, Mary was pushing my feet into shoes and Anne was putting a robe on me. All I could think was North or South? North or South? “There’s a passage here in the corner. It’ll take you straight to the holding room in the basement. The guards are there waiting. The royal family should already be there and most of the girls, too. Hurry, miss.” Anne pulled me out into the hallway and pushed on a section of wall. It turned, like a hidden passage from some mystery novel. Sure enough, behind the wall, a stairwell awaited me. As I stood there, Tiny bolted from her room and scurried down the passage. “Okay, let’s go,” I said. Anne and Mary gaped at me. Lucy was shaking to the point she could barely stand. “Let’s go,” I repeated. “No, miss. We go somewhere else. You have to hurry before they get here. Please!” I knew at the best they’d be injured if they were found; at worst they’d die. I couldn’t bear them being hurt. Maybe I was a little cocky, but if Maxon had gone out of his way to do everything he’d done thus far, maybe they would matter to him if they mattered to me. Even if we were fighting. Perhaps it was too much generosity to bank on, but I wasn’t leaving them here. The fear made me move faster. I grabbed Anne’s arm and pushed her in. She
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move faster. I grabbed Anne’s arm and pushed her in. She stumbled and couldn’t stop me as I grabbed Mary and Lucy. “Move!” I told them. They started walking, but Anne was protesting the whole way. “They won’t let us in, miss! This place is just for the family. . . . They’ll just make us leave!” But I didn’t care what she said. Whatever their hiding place was, there was no way it would be as safe as wherever the royal family was hiding. The stairwell was lit every few yards, but even so I nearly fell a few times in my haste to move. My mind was blinded with worry. How far had the rebels penetrated before? Did they know these pathways to safety existed? Lucy was half-paralyzed, and I tugged her down to keep us together. I couldn’t tell how long it took for us to reach the bottom, but finally the tiny pathway opened up to a man-made cavern. I could see other stairways and other girls, everyone running behind what looked to be a two-foot-thick door. We ran up to our safe place.
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