(" Margot stood apart from them, from these children who could never remember a time when there wasn't rain and rain and rain") ("Margot stood alone. She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair")
"Its like a penny", she said once, eyes closed. "No its not!", the children cried. "Its like a fire," she said, "in the stove" "You're lying, you don't remember!" cried the children" But she remembered and stood quietly apart from all of them and watched the patterning windows. "
"all a joke!" said the boy, and seized her roughly. "Hey everyone, lets put her in a closet before teacher comes!" "No," said Margot, falling back." They surged about her, caught her up and bore her, protesting, and then pleading, and then crying, back into a tunnel, a room, a closet, where they slammed and locked the door."
"But they were running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron; they were taking off their jackets and letting the sun burn their arms"
"A few cold drops fell on their noses and their cheeks and their mouths. The sun faded behind a stir of mist. A wind blew cool around them. They turned and started to walk back toward the underground house, their hands at their sides, their smiles vanishing away."
"They walked over to the closet door slowly and stood by it. Behind the closet door was only silence. They unlocked the door, even more slowly, and let Margot out." The End