Among the Brave (Shadow Children)

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

A Reluctant Hero

Trey could have kept Luke's existence, yet he nonetheless thinks of himself as a coward who can slightly stand to be outdoor. Now Trey unearths out Luke has been taken prisoner at inhabitants Police headquarters. Trey is terrified, yet he understands that if he does not rescue his good friend, not anyone will.
At police headquarters, Trey impersonates an officer to aim attending to Luke. yet simply whilst it seems like he is shut, Trey abruptly unearths himself at risk of disclosing not only himself yet all shadow young ones.

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The safeguard rotated immediately and scanned the complete basement along with his flashlight. “Where are you? ” For the 1st time, Trey heard uncertainty within the guard’s voice—maybe even worry. “You don’t recognize the place I am,” Trey taunted. The beam of sunshine got here to leisure at the pile of bins Trey was once crouched in the back of. “You don’t know the way immense he is,” Mark additional. “You don’t understand how many folks are down right here. And they’re all on my facet. ” Trey was once silently cheering Mark on, grinning over the bravado in Mark’s voice. Mark sounded so convinced, Trey nearly felt like taking a look round for compatriots. Too overdue, the terror struck: What may Trey do if the safeguard stalked up the steps and got here again with a horde of inhabitants law enforcement officials? however the safeguard didn’t do this. He didn’t circulate in any respect. “Shh,” he acknowledged. “What do you need? ” “To be free,” Trey spoke back, sooner than Mark may. “You imagine yelling approximately it within the basement of the inhabitants Police headquarters will do any sturdy? ” the defend requested. “It bought you down right here, didn’t it? ” Mark requested. The defend swept his beam of sunshine all alongside the containers. was once it simply Trey’s mind's eye, or did the safeguard enable the sunshine linger longest at the particular spot the place Trey was once hiding? “If you’ve received an entire legion of associates down right here with you, why do you want me? ” the defend countered. Mark didn’t solution, and Trey was once afraid to. “Why did you come back the following? ” the safeguard requested. “You and your pal? ” “We have been trying to find my brother,” Mark stated. Trey inhaled sharply. If he’d been Mark, he wouldn’t have responded that query. “Is your brother a brand new recruit? ” the defend requested. “No,” Mark acknowledged. “He used to be right here ahead of the inhabitants Police took over. have you learnt what may have occurred to him? ” Now Trey used to be dizzy with worry. perhaps he used to be hyperventilating. He desired to shout out to Mark, “Don’t inform him the rest! it's possible you'll get Lee killed! ” yet he couldn’t communicate. Then the safeguard did whatever terrific. He sat down at the backside step of the steps. “I, too, am fearful approximately someone,” he stated softly. “Perhaps …” “Perhaps what? ” Mark requested. The safeguard shook his head. “I can’t belief you,” he stated. “I’m approximately to be killed,” Mark stated. “Don’t you think that I’d just do approximately whatever to stick alive? ” The safeguard gave a bit, amused chortle, as though Mark had advised a funny story. “That’s now not what i would like. i would like anyone who’d carry directly to precept and loyalty, no matter if it intended death,” he stated. “Not that it concerns. i want plenty of most unlikely issues. entry to mystery files. faux files. A automobile. ” “I have a car,” Mark stated. “A truck, besides” The shield snorted back, this time in disbelief. “You’re in a cage,” he stated. Trey strained to listen to over the ringing in his ears. He was once certainly hyperventilating. He fought opposed to the urge to black out. He had to think—and to imagine in actual fact. All he may pay attention have been the guard’s phrases, echoing in his brain repeatedly: You’re in a cage…. You’re in a cage…. “I’m not,” he whispered. He stumbled out from in the back of the bins. Act ahead of thinking—that appeared to be his new motto. Ante cogitatum, factum.

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