By Lois Lowry
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He is within the woods on the finish of Autumn road. " "That Charles. " Tatie peeled me all the way down to my lingerie and rubbed my legs and arms quickly along with her hot palms. "Don't you are worried none approximately him. you are catching a chilly, baby. Your voice sound like bullfrogs. You run up and get your self in a pleasant scorching tub. Charles, he be again whilst he is prepared. He will get obdurate, occasionally. " however the bathtub did not aid. I lay within the scorching water shivering, and eventually, half-dry and bare, I climbed into my mattress, whatever I had by no means voluntarily performed within the mid-afternoon. My mom got here in. "You've overlooked lunch, Liz. Tatie says you are catching a chilly. do you need her to deliver a few soup as much as you? " I shook my head, the covers drawn up tight round my neck. "I simply are looking to sleep. i am so drained, Mama. It was once so chilly out. " She touched my brow, and her hand felt cool. "You have a fever. in case you are now not larger later this afternoon i will name the healthcare professional. " "Mama? " i used to be already half-asleep, my options dissolving into the warmth inside of my head. "What, sweetie? " "Charles is up within the woods. He would not come again with me. " "Did you inform Tatie? " "I imagine so. " i could not be mindful. "Well, don't be concerned. Charles can locate his method domestic, and he will get back while he will get chilly. " She went away, and that i allow the warmth soften all my ideas, and that i slept. It used to be virtually darkish, the early darkish of iciness, whilst I woke, coughing and pressured, and remembered Charles back. I climbed from the mattress, pulled on my flannel nightgown, and walked groggily into the upstairs corridor, touching the wallpaper to maintain my stability. Mama was once bobbing up the steps. i wished to inform her that my throat felt like scorching splinters. "Elizabeth, it is getting darkish, and Charles hasn't come again. Tatie's very frightened. all of us are. let us know precisely the place you left him. " I sat at the most sensible step, pulled my nightgown round me for heat, and instructed her. "We went into the woods on the finish of Autumn highway. and that i acquired scared, and did not think strong, so i wished to come back domestic. yet Charles would not come. while I left him he used to be at the direction that is going into the woods, close to where the place you will discover the large rock from the line. " She nodded and left me there. I sat, shivering, swallowing many times, trying out the ache in my throat, and listened to humans speaking downstairs, in low voices. The voices swam into my head, backward and forward, in sluggish movement, and during my fever i could not style them out. Mama's voice. Tatie's. The clock extraordinary. and shortly, men's voices within the entrance corridor. The sounds of shoes stamping off snow, doing it correct at the entrance corridor rug, whatever Grandmother by no means accepted. I sat nonetheless, my head opposed to the wall, and half-slept, half-listened. complete darkness got here; lighting fixtures have been grew to become on, downstairs, yet I huddled in shadows on the best of the steps, shaking and drifting out and in of sleep and the beginnings of interrupted desires. Police got here. i presumed that was once a dream. yet I startled myself wakeful and listened. there have been police downstairs, stamping snow off, and Mama's voice. Tatie's, asserting Charles' identify.