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Among the hidden
Updated: 5/20/2020
Among the hidden
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  • Luke , inside now!
  • “We wouldn’t have sold the woods if we hadn’t had to,”
  • “Told you before. We didn’t have a choice. Government wanted it. You can’t tell the Government no.”
  • “Why’d you have to sell the woods?”
  • “Told you before. We didn’t have a choice. Government wanted it. You can’t tell the Government no.”
  • “But the Government’s not going to live in the houses,”
  • He saw the first tree shudder and fall, far off in the distance. Then he heard his mother call out from the kitchen window.He had never disobeyed the order to hide. He reminded himself, that he’ll never be allowed outside again. He turned and walked into the house.
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  • But “why” wasn’t considered much worth asking. Luke asked again. “Why’d you have to sell the woods?”Luke’s dad harrumphed, and paused in the midst of shoveling forkfuls of boiled potatoes into his mouth.
  • Mother came over and gave Luke’s shoulder a reassuring squeeze before turning back to the stove. “The Government didn’t ask us if we wanted houses there.” She pursed her lips as she slid the bowls of soup onto the table.
  • “Then? You gotta stay away now! Everybody and his brother’s going to be tramping around back there, to see what’s going on. They see you—”
  • “And then, when those people move in, I have to stay away from the windows?”
  • At twelve, he knew better, but sometimes still pictured the Government as a very big, mean, fat person, two or three times as tall as an ordinary man, who went around yelling at people.
  • If he’d been allowed, Luke would have gone over to the kitchen window and peered out at the woods, trying for the umpteenth time to picture rows and rows of houses where the firs and maples and oaks now stood. Or had stood—Luke knew from a sneaked peek right before supper that half the trees were now toppled. Some already lay on the ground. Some hung at weird angles from their former lofty positions in the sky. 
  • The question made Dad explode. He slammed his hand down on the table.“Then? You gotta stay away now! Everybody and his brother’s going to be tramping around back there, to see what’s going on. They see you—” He waved his fork violently. Luke wasn’t sure what the gesture meant, but he knew it wasn’t good.
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