"Why do the rabbits have to be killed?" "Because they were hers. [...]'Who's going to kill them, then?'"You are."
"Then suddenly-the coyote disappeared. Vanished. Robert-at the most-had blinked and the beast was gone. He slowed his pace, thinking perhaps the animal would reappear [...] but there was nothing. Robert ran faster."
"Robert's heart was beating so fast. Even when he looked away and Ella took his place again he went on hearing and seeing everything he'd heard and seen in his mind and his mind began to stammer the way it always did whenever it was challenged by something it could not accept."
"I was afraid I was going to scream,' she said. She gestured back at the church with its sermon in progress. 'I do not understand it. I don't. I can't. I won't."
"He fired. A chair fell over in his mind. He closed his eyes and opened them."
'Piss, he'd said-and had been dismissed from class for saying it. Now that one word might save them."