"In the smoke and dust, he couldn't see the school building anymore. He tripped and almost fell. No more looking back; it slowed him down. Salva lowered his head and ran" (Park 9).
"Other people were walking, too. There were so many of them that they couldn't all be from the school village; they must have come from the whole village" (Park 9).
"Relief flooded through him. That was his village! He hurried toward the sound of the voice. A dozen or so people stood in a loose group at the side of the road" (Park 9-10).
"Salva passed several rebel soldiers waiting by the side of the road. Each of them held a big gun. Their guns were not pointed at the crowd, but even so, the soldiers seemed fierce and watchful. Some of the rebels then joined the back of the line; now the villagers were surrounded" (Park 10).
"Salva took a few steps toward the men. 'Hey!' A soldier approached Salva and raised his gun. Salva froze. All he could see was the gun's huge barrel, black and gleaming, as it moved toward his face. The end of the barrel touched his chin. Salva felt his knees turn to water" (Park 11).
Him and the rest of the people from his village found a barn to sleep in. The text then states, "Even before he was fully awake, Salva could feel that something was wrong. He lay very still with his eyes closed, trying to sense what it might be. Finally, he sat up and opened his eyes. No one else was in the barn. Salva stood so quickly that for a moment he felt dizzy. He rushed to the door and looked out. Nobody. Nothing. They had left him. He was alone" (Park 13).