Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

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Fire on the mountain,” the granny woman said. ” Then she said that word again: freedom. It had a shivery ring to me, and I wasn’t sure I Fire on the Mountain I 29 liked it. I was afraid of granny women anyway. I told Cricket, and he told me to hush up again, then put his arm around my shoulder as if to apologize, and we stood there watching. I was nervous; I was afraid the white folks would see us and know what we were thinking. I looked behind me to the big house, but the curtains were all drawn.

We really don’t have the time to stay,” Yasmin said. ” “You stay in hotels all the time,” Harriet complained. “I never get to stay in a hotel. ” “In every room,” Grissom said. ” “They’re new,” Yasmin said. She noticed they had changed a little. The left one was darker today and went farther up Harriet’s ankle. ” “I know, I read about them. A new substance, grown only in zero-gravity tanks on Kilimanjaro. ” Harriet said, almost smiling. ” “They get prettier, too,” Yasmin said. She decided she liked Grissom after all.

Farewell. Harriet was eight. 5 minutes when he said good­bye to her and Yasmin. It had broken the child’s heart, but broken hearts children get over with. It had left Yasmin alone, and afraid of 26 I Terry Bisson the night sky. She couldn’t stand to look at the stars. Where was Leon in all that cold splendor? She hated the shroudlike Milky Way, or in Africa, the Southern Cross; she hated the million brilliant stars looking like candles in a graveyard endlessly deep. Of course, she knew it was morbid.

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