There were cries of alarm and then both Gerdie and Gordon saw something appear in the darkness next to them. For some reason, they could see the thing, as if the darkness were not around them anymore though nothing else was visible.
Each of them saw a bipedal creature covered in black fur with a hideous bare face. The things had hooves and horns. They were dressed only in harnesses and had strong claws and a large tongue. Over each of their backs was a sack and they moved almost without any sound whatsoever.
â€œIs that a gug!?!â€ Gerdie screamed.
They could hear fighting going on around them and the cries of the other children and shouts of adults at the party.
Gerdie swung her shovel at the terrible thing but missed it completely. Then it grabbed her and held the screaming child. She struggled against it.
â€œCousin Melba!â€ she cried.
â€œJust hold still,â€ the creature said in a strange accent.
Somewhere nearby, another of the creatures grabbed Gordon but the youth broke free. He grabbed his axe, which leaned against his chair. The thing tried to grab him again.
â€œCome here!â€ the creature said in a strange accent. â€œCome here little man. I have my orders.â€
Gordon struck the creature a solid blow with his axe and the thing let out a howl.
â€œAch du lieber!â€ the creature cried out.
The thing tried to grab the youth despite the blood and obvious pain it was in. Gordon brought the axe back around but the blow merely bounced off the creatureâ€™s thick hide. It continued to try to grab him as he defended himself with the axe. Then the thing grabbed the little boy, who tried to break free.
â€œNo so easy zhis time!â€ the creature said.
The darkness suddenly vanished and Gordon found himself in a prison cell with the creature. Gerdie was there as well, looking around in confusion. The creature flung Gordon away from himself and the little boy flung the axe as he stumbled back. The wood axe flew through the air clumsily but struck the creature in the left leg.
â€œYou terrible child!â€ the creature screamed as he disappeared.
â€œGo on!â€ Gordon said. â€œ Git!â€
The creature appeared outside of the cell.
â€œAch!â€ the creature said. â€œYou are a bad little boy! Bad little boy!â€
The thing limped away, taking Gordonâ€™s axe with him.
The cell they were in had thick stone walls, strong iron bars, and sturdy locks on the barred doors. Inside of the cell was a pile of hay and a bucket. The two children were the only ones there.
Gerdie examined the bucket and found it had a rope handle. She started working on the knot on the rope to free it. Gordon looked around and went to the bars. He could see there was a hallway that led off to the right and was lit by a strange, ambient light. He noticed a large iron lock on the door of the cell.
He also heard other children nearby and recognized his cousinsâ€™ voices.
Gordon concentrated on the lock, trying to turn it into a rock in the hopes that would free them. He could hear the voices of the creatures with their strange accents from somewhere up the hallway. Then he heard George curse.
â€œHey, lemme outta here!â€ George called from a nearby cell. â€œYou canâ€™t keep me here! Do you know who youâ€™re dealing with? Iâ€™m a dreamer! Yeah!â€
He heard someone rattling a metal door. Unfortunately, his own lock had not changed. He was not yet a competent enough dreamer to change it.
â€œGeorge, is that you?â€ they heard Alice call.
â€œYeah, itâ€™s me!â€ George replied. â€œIâ€™m angry!â€
â€œYouâ€™re angry?â€ Gerdie called. â€œI thought you were George.â€
â€œGerdie, shut up!â€ George called. â€œYouâ€™re so stupid.â€
â€œI think we can figure a way out of this situation if we just put our minds to it,â€ Edward called.
â€œHey, you children!â€ the voice of one of the creatures came down the hallway. â€œYou children â€¦â€
They heard hoof beats come down the hallway and saw one of the creatures there. Gordon backed away from the door. The terrible thing stopped in front of Gordonâ€™s cell.
â€œI understand you are bad little child!â€ the creature said. â€œAre you hungry? Are you thirsty? Do you need anything? Food? Water? You need anything?â€
Gordon ignored the creature.
â€œNo, donâ€™t be bad,â€ the creature said. â€œVe had our orders. Ve had to grab you. And you know, you hurt Dhariah. Heâ€™s not happy vith you.â€
Gordon motioned for the creature to come closer and the youth spit in his face.
â€œAw, that is not very nice!â€ the creature said. â€œVeâ€™re just doing our job. Ve have to do our job for the Lord of the Krampus.â€
Gordon sat in the corner.
â€œOkay,â€ the krampus said. â€œIf you get hungry or thirsty, you let us know, okay? Okay!â€
â€œBut we just ate,â€ Gerdie said.
â€œVell, then when you get hungry or thirsty, you just let us know,â€ the krampus said. â€œOkay? Okay!â€
The creature went to the next cell.
â€œHey you big lummox!â€ George shouted. â€œIâ€™ll get you! Just open this cell door! Iâ€™ll knock you out! Iâ€™ll pop you right in the jaw!â€
â€œOh, are you hungry or thirsty?â€ the krampus said.
â€œWhat!?!â€ George replied.
The creature went on down the line.
Gordon went to Gerdie, who was trying to pull the knot out of the rope handle of the bucket. He watched her while she worked on it. They could hear two of the krampus talking up the hall, presumably their guards. Listening to them while Gerdie worked, they learned a few things.
The two guards were apparently named Deveron and Keireon and spoke with a strange accent that reminded each of the children of their new Aunt Gretchen. They were waiting for the signal from their master to summon the prisoners to be judged. Their master created all krampus and they had no other purpose but to obey his commands. They had apparently been ordered to capture a child their master called â€œThe Great Betrayer,â€ whose scent they followed to the castle of Mitzividor. They were confused because the scent seemed like it belonged to an adult and they were told the target was a disobedient child. They were uneasy about actually hurting the children theyâ€™d captured, feeling somehow they were only meant to frighten them. They were afraid of what would happen when their master discovered which of the children was â€œThe Great Betrayer.â€
Gerdie finally got the rope out.
â€œYou can make your axe!â€ she told Gordon, handing him the rope.
â€œOh!â€ the boy said.
He concentrated on the rope and tried to change it into his axe once again. Nothing happened. He tried to make it into a stick.
â€œCâ€™mon, you can do it Gordie!â€ Gerdie said.
He had no success in changing the rope into anything.
They soon established that all six of the cousins were locked in the various cells along the hall. Up the hallway, the two krampus continued to chat amicably.
â€œVhich von is it?â€ one said. â€œVhich one is ze Great Betrayer?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ the other replied. â€œHe seems really angry! Why is he so angry?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know! How would I know zhis?â€
â€œYou â€¦ youâ€™re the smart one.â€
â€œI thought you vere ze smart von.â€
The small talk went on like that.
â€œWhat can I turn this bucket into?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œWould you mind turning this rope into a stick?â€ Gordon said.
â€œBut you made an axe before!â€
â€œThat was before, when I had days to do it. I donâ€™t have time enough now.â€
She sighed and took the rope, concentrating on it. It became a stick.
â€œHey!â€ they heard George yell. â€œWhereâ€™s my baseball bat, you jerks.â€
One of the krampus walked down the hall.
â€œLittle boy, are you hungry?â€ it asked.
â€œYou shut up!â€ George yelled. â€œLeave me alone!â€
Cocky, Gerdie tried to form the stick into an axe but wasnâ€™t able to do it. She handed the stick to Gordon.
â€œHa ha!â€ they heard George cry out.
Then they heard what sounded like a tin cup being rattled on the bars of one of the other cells.
â€œThatâ€™s right!â€ George cried out. â€œI made a tin cup! This is annoying, isnâ€™t it?â€
He rattled the tin cup on the bars.
â€œGeorge, why didnâ€™t you make your baseball bat?â€ Donald asked.
The rattling stopped.
â€œGod damn it!â€ George yelled.
â€œOh, you made tin cup?â€ one of the krampus said, going to the cell. â€œAre you thirsty little boy?â€
â€œNo!â€ George yelled. â€œLeave me alone!â€
Gerdie looked at the bars of the cell. They were too narrow for her to get her head through. She talked about making one of the bars into rope so they could squeeze out. Gordon tried to change it but had no luck, but Gerdie concentrated and changed a section of the bar about a foot or so long into a piece of rope. She guessed she could squeeze out of the cell though they would need another bar changed for Gordon to slip through.
George was still rattling his tin cup when she stuck her head through the hole to peek out. Their cell was at the end of a long hall with seven cells on one side. They were the furthest from a door at the opposite end where the two krampus stood and talked. They seemed very relaxed, one with one of his hoofs up against the wall under him and the other leaning against the wall comfortably.
Gordon tried one last time to make the bar into a rope but the strain was too much for him and he quietly collapsed to the floor, unconscious. Gerdie sighed.
â€œGordie,â€ she said. â€œYou need to know your limits.â€
The others wanted to know what had happened and Gerdie told them.
George kept rattling his tin cup, off and on. Every time he did, one of the krampus would come down the corridor and ask if the youth wanted something to eat or drink. George just yelled at the terrible things.
â€œVe have some gruel,â€ one of them said to him. â€œItâ€™s not very good but itâ€™s very, very good for you!â€
â€œGet out of here!â€ George yelled.
â€œYou know what they do with that bucket, donâ€™t you kid?â€
â€œJust get outta here!â€
Gerdie tried to change the lock into sand without any luck. She guessed it was a working lock that took a large key and wondered about making one for it. She was feeling tired so decided to wait on doing anything more.
It was two hours before Gordon woke up. He looked around, a bit confused. Gerdie walked over to him and put her hands on her hips.
â€œGordie, you need to know your limits,â€ she said to him.
â€œShut up, Gerdie,â€ he muttered. â€œHow long was I out?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know. Dream timeâ€™s kind of weird.â€
â€œWell, how long did it feel like I was out?â€
â€œDid you do anything while I was asleep?â€
â€œI tried to turn the lock into sand but it didnâ€™t do anything.â€
â€œCouldâ€™ve tried turning it into a rock. That might have been easier.â€
â€œBut then the rock might have been stuck! At least with sand, it will fall. Weâ€™ve still got this bucket. And Cousin Melba said we could make anything if we thought about it hard enough. Feels like forever. But even if we escape, what are we going to do? I donâ€™t think cousin Melbaâ€™s here. She wouldnâ€™t have gotten caught by those krampus.â€
â€œHey, have you figured out how to get us out of here yet?â€ George called before rattling his tin cup on the bars again.
They took a count of the cousins and found George and Donald were in the cell next to Gordon and Gerdie, with Edward and Alice in the cell next to that one. No one else was being held in the dungeon. There was no sign of the other children from the party.
â€œMaybe we can tunnel out,â€ Gerdie suggested. â€œI got a shovel.â€
She suggested turning the flagstone floor to dirt and then just digging their way out. George called back to her, asking what if it was rock under that.
â€œDo you children need anything?â€ one of the krampus called.
â€œNo, we donâ€™t need anything!â€ George screamed. â€œI hate those guys.â€
One of the creatures walked down to the cells.
â€œAre you sure youâ€™re not hungry?â€ he asked. â€œIt is very good gruel, for gruel. All right.â€
â€œHow many times have I got to tell you!?!â€ George yelled. â€œI donâ€™t want anything to eat!â€
â€œOh, youâ€™ll get hungry sooner or later. Iâ€™m hungry all the time.â€
â€œI hate that guy!â€
The krampus went away.
â€œChange the lock into something else at the same time,â€ Gerdie whispered to the next cell. â€œPass it on.â€
â€œWhat do we do then?â€ Donald whispered back.
â€œWeâ€™re gonna go escape.â€
â€œI â€¦ how?â€
â€œShe donâ€™t know nothing,â€ George said.
â€œGeorge, shut up,â€ Donald said.
George started rattling his tin cup on the bars again.
â€œI want my baseball bat,â€ she heard George mutter. â€œOh, Iâ€™m going to try to make my baseball bat.â€
There was silence for a few moments.
â€œDamn it!â€ George said.
â€œWell, ask Edward,â€ Gerdie whispered. â€œHeâ€™s the smart one.â€
â€œYou and that stupid cup!â€ Donald said.
â€œShut up,â€ George said. â€œOh, I feel dizzy. Oh, I donâ€™t feel so good.â€
â€œTry again, George,â€ Gordon called. â€œIâ€™m sure youâ€™ll get it next time.â€
â€œS-Shut up!â€ George called. â€œWho is that? Is that hick boy? Gordon. Gordie. Gordo. Donâ€™t mouth off at me. I made a tin cup.â€
Donald whispered to them and they discussed getting rid of the locks. Gerdie suggested turning it to sand or water or something and he passed that information on. Donald was concerned the krampus would hear.
â€œGordon wanted to turn it into a rock, but I donâ€™t think that would work,â€ Gerdie said.
â€œWhat?â€ Donald said. â€œA rock? Wouldnâ€™t that just be a rock lock?â€
He got the joke, Gordon thought.
â€œThatâ€™s funny,â€ Donald said. â€œI donâ€™t know how well it would work.â€
After a moment they heard talking from the next cell again.
â€œHold on,â€ Donald said. â€œGive me that tin cup, you idiot.â€
â€œMy tin cup!â€ George said.
There was a moment of silence.
â€œHereâ€™s your stupid baseball bat,â€ Donald said.
â€œMy baseball bat!â€ George said. â€œMy baseball bat. Okay, make me a catcherâ€™s mitt.â€
â€œShut up!â€ Donald said. â€œGeorge, just sit there for a while.â€
â€œWhat good is that without a baseball anyhow?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œYeah, make me a baseball!â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ll tell you what good it is! Iâ€™m gonna beat me some demon men guys â€¦ whatever they are.â€
â€œThose are krampus, stupid,â€ Donald said.
â€œHow do you know?â€
â€œDidnâ€™t you even listen to Aunt Gretchen? They even sound like her!â€
â€œHey, whereâ€™s them other kids,â€ Edward called down from his cell. â€œWhy arenâ€™t they here? Hey! You krampus! You â€¦ things! Whereâ€™s them other kids?â€
â€œOh, we donâ€™t know,â€ one of the krampus called back. â€œThey were taken to other cells.â€
â€œWhatâ€™re you going to do with us!?!â€ Edward called.
â€œLord of Krampus, he is looking for ze Great â€¦ I canâ€™t tell you that!â€ one of the krampus said. â€œIâ€™m not supposed to tell you that!â€
â€œOh,â€ Edward said. â€œSorry.â€
The krampus came down to see if any of the children were hungry or thirsty again.
Gerdie tried to turn her lock into sand again but was unsuccessful.
â€œOkay, stay here, Iâ€™m going to look around,â€ she told Gordon.
She slipped out of the wide spot made by changing one of the cell bars to rope. She could see the krampus at the other end of the hallway but they didnâ€™t seem to notice her. She saw there were seven cells on the right side, each of them with bars between them and the hall and a door made of bars as well.
She crept up the hallway, passing the other two cells and peeking into the cell past Edward and Alice.
â€œHey!â€ one of the krampus called. â€œHow did you get out of your cell!?! That is not allowed!â€
â€œOh, itâ€™s not?â€ Gerdie said.
The krampus came down the corridor to the girl.
â€œWhat?â€ she said. â€œI just need to goâ”€â€
â€œLittle girl, you are not to leave your cell until the master sends for you,â€ the krampus said.
â€œI â€¦ I have to pee.â€
â€œThatâ€™s what the bucket is for!â€
â€œOh. I turned thatâ”€â€
â€œWhich cell were you in?â€
â€œI donâ€™t know.â€
â€œShe smells just like the Great Betrayer.â€
â€œWe know that!â€ the other krampus called down the tunnel. â€œShut up! Youâ€™re not supposed to tell them!â€
â€œOh yeah,â€ the nearer krampus said.
â€œWhoâ€™s the great betrayer?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œWe donâ€™t know. Heâ€™s looking for her.â€
â€œWould you shut up!â€ the further krampus called.
â€œIâ€™m sorry,â€ the nearer one said. â€œIâ€™m sorry. I forgot.â€
He took Gerdie by the hand and led her back to her cell. As she passed Edward and Aliceâ€™s cell, she saw Alice had a switchblade like the one she always carried. She hid it from the krampus but glared at the creature. She nodded at Gerdie. Edward looked at her nervously. When she passed Donald and Georgeâ€™s cell, she spotted George hide the baseball bat.
â€œAh, you are in this cell,â€ the krampus said when they reached the end. â€œWhat did you do to the bars? No no! Change them back!â€
â€œI donâ€™t know how,â€ Gerdie said.
The creature growled.
â€œVell, get in there!â€ he said.
He shoved her through the bars where the rope bar was.
â€œNow, do not come out again!â€ the krampus said. â€œWait, are you hungry? Are you thirsty? How about him?â€
Gordon pretended to sleep in the corner.
â€œAll right,â€ the krampus said. â€œAll right. Donâ€™t get out again!â€
He walked away.
â€œShe got out!â€ he called to his companion. â€œShe changed the bars!â€
â€œDid she change them back?â€ the other called down the corridor.
â€œNo, she didnâ€™t change them back! She didnâ€™t know how!â€
â€œHowâ€™d she change them in the first place!?!â€
He walked back.
â€œHey!â€ he said to Gerdie. â€œHow-how did you change those bars in the first place? Those are supposed to be metal! I could get in lots of trouble for this.â€
â€œIs she the great betrayer?â€ the other krampus called.
â€œShe wouldnâ€™t tell me. Wait. Are you the great betrayer?â€
â€œWhatâ€™s a great betrayer?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œWe donâ€™t know,â€ the krampus said. â€œHe wonâ€™t tell us.â€
â€œWho wonâ€™t tell you?â€
â€œHim. The master. The master of all of us krampus.â€
â€œWhat? Who? No! Not Santa! Who is Santa?â€
â€œAre you going to eat us?â€
â€œThen why are you trying to feed us? Youâ€™re trying to fatten us up arenâ€™t you?â€
â€œNo! No, weâ€™re just trying to be polite.â€
He turned from the cell.
â€œTheyâ€™re so suspicious!â€ he called to his compatriot.
â€œYes, yes,â€ the other krampus yelled back.
â€œWell you do sound like Germans,â€ Gerdie said.
â€œWe sound like â€¦ we sound like Germans?â€ the krampus said. â€œVeâ€™re not â€¦ what is Germans? Zhereâ€™s no Germans here! Zhis is the Dreamlands, I know that. Veâ€™re in a bad part of the Dreamlands though. Itâ€™s very dark all the time. But, thatâ€™s what the master wants.â€
â€œWhy donâ€™t you make a sun?â€
â€œMake a sign?â€
â€œLike a light in the sky. Then it wonâ€™t be so dark.â€
â€œWe canâ€™t do that! I donâ€™t know how to do that.â€
â€œWell, what if I did that?â€
â€œWell, you can try. Good luck wit zat.â€
He sniffed at the girl again.
â€œSmells just like the Great Betrayer!â€ he called down the hall. â€œSo does that one. The one in the corner there. You all do! Been rolling around in The Great Betrayer or something? Whatâ€™s wrong with you children?â€
He started to walk away again.
â€œWhat does the Great Betrayer smell like?â€ Gerdie called after him.
â€œLike you!â€ the krampus called back.
â€œHow do you know what it smells like?â€
â€œBecause he told us what it smells like!â€
â€œHow can you tell someone what it smells like?â€
â€œItâ€™s not easy!â€
â€œWell, does the master know what we look like?â€
â€œDoes he know what the Great Betrayer looks like?â€
â€œIunno. I hope he knows something or else ve could be here a long time.
â€œThose other kids didnâ€™t smell like the great betrayer,â€ the other krampus called down the corridor.
â€œNow you say something we arenâ€™t supposed to say out loud instead of me!â€ the first called.
â€œVerdammit!â€ the second cursed.
The krampus made his way back up, sniffing at each of the children.
â€œSo, whatâ€™s the test?â€ Gerdie called.
â€œWhat?â€ the krampus said, coming back.
â€œIs it like a math test?â€
â€œIâ€™m not good at math.â€
â€œThere is no test.â€
â€œYou all smell like adults, well, one adult. But youâ€™re children. We donâ€™t know whatâ€™s going to happen when the master â€¦â€
â€œAre you sure you grabbed the right betrayers?â€
â€œYes! You all smell like the Great Betrayer. He said it was a disobedient child! But it smells like an adult. But then you are children. Is it me? Itâ€™s not me. Itâ€™s her, right? Itâ€™s them!â€
â€œYouâ€™re fine!â€ the other krampus called.
â€œSee, Iâ€™m fine,â€ the first said.
â€œWhat if I made you smell like the Great Betrayer?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œMeh,â€ the krampus said. â€œHow would you know what she smells like?â€
â€œGood luck with that.â€
He wandered back up.
â€œDo we need to meet the master?â€ Gerdie called.
â€œHe will send for you!â€ the krampus called back. â€œOne at a time!â€
â€œWhy not two at a time? That seems a lot more efficient.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know! Heâ€™s the master. He doesnâ€™t tell me all the things! I just work here. Right?â€
â€œYouâ€™re telling her too much,â€ the other krampus said.
â€œOh yeah,â€ the first said.
â€œDid he tell you to put the Great Betrayer in these cells?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œYes,â€ the krampus said.
â€œWhy are there seven?â€
â€œIunno. Thatâ€™s how he made the place.â€
â€œHe made this place?â€
â€œIs it a big place?â€
â€œDid the master make this place?â€
â€œThe master made the Tower of Punishment!â€ the other krampus said dramatically.
â€œIs that where we are?â€ the first said.
â€œDo you not pay attention?â€
â€œ â€¦ yes. Weâ€™re in the Tower of Punishment. That is why heâ€™s looking for a bad child, a disobedient child, he said. She did something she was not supposed to and now weâ€™re supposed to find her. Her?â€
â€œShe will be punished. That child will be.â€
The two children suspected that the Great Betrayer might be Aunt Gretchen, which might make the master her father, whom she had had the great falling out with about marrying Uncle Wally.
They began to whisper with the other children, trying to figure out if someone else could make Gordon an axe.
â€œHim and his stupid axes,â€ Alice whispered back.
Though unhappy about the axe, she said sheâ€™d try to make it though she needed something to make it out of. Gerdie climbed back out of the cell and crept down the hallway, handing the stick to Alice. She crept back without the krampus noticing her.
â€œPst, I got your axe,â€ Alice whispered down the line.
Gerdie snuck out of the cell again, got the axe, and crept back.
â€œThank you Alice,â€ Gordon called.
â€œYouâ€™re welcome,â€ Alice said.
He concealed the axe under the hay.
Gerdie whispered down the line for the others to turn their locks into sand. They soon learned that Edward was able to turn his lock into sand after several attempts. Gerdie suggested he put the sand in his pocket but he whispered the sand hadnâ€™t moved yet and he didnâ€™t want to touch it until they were ready to escape.
â€œI think when I touch it, itâ€™s going to fall apart,â€ Edward whispered. â€œBut itâ€™s just sitting there now.â€
He was also too tired to do anything more.
They waited a couple of hours before they decided to move. In that time, the krampus visited them every once in a while to see if they wanted food or drink. The krampus told Gerdie to change the bar back when she could. All of the children asked for food and drink eventually and were given a wooden bowl of gruel, a wooden spoon, and a wooden cup filled with water.
Gordon asked the krampus to apologize to the one heâ€™d maimed with his axe when they were kidnapped.
â€œThat is so sweet of you!â€ the krampus said. â€œI will tell him. Next time I see him.â€
Gerdie got water after Gordon drank his, convinced it was not poisoned when her cousin didnâ€™t die.
Gordon tried to make the bar next to the rope bar into rope as well but didnâ€™t have any luck.
In the next cell, George tried to change the lock on their door to sand without luck. Donald was successful, however, changing his own lock.
â€œI made my lock glass,â€ he whispered to them.
â€œThatâ€™s going to make noise!â€ Gerdie whispered back.
â€œYeah, it is,â€ Donald said proudly. â€œBut George could break it real quick. So, when youâ€™re ready to make a break, Georgeâ€™ll smash it. I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ll notice. Itâ€™s a dark glass.â€
Donald described the glass, noting it was coffee colored that matched the iron bars almost exactly but, when examined closely, you could actually see the gears within.
â€œI hate to break it,â€ he said.
Gerdie tried one more time to make the bar into a rope but failed again. Gordon figured he might be able to squeeze through. Then he realized he had an axe and could just cut the rope that was there, making the gap big enough.
â€œWell, hot dog!â€ he said.
They told the others they had a way out of the cell so each of the cells was now technically open. Gerdie told Gordon to grab the sand when they escaped.
â€œWhat if we threaten them to take us back?â€ Gerdie asked.
â€œWhat are we going to threaten them with?â€ Gordon asked.
â€œWe got weapons.â€
â€œWe got â€¦ theyâ€™ll just take â€˜em again.â€
â€œWeâ€™re not the great betrayer and we know who it is. Why donâ€™t tell them we can take them to her?â€
â€œYeah, maybe thatâ€™s a better way to do it.â€
â€œHide your weapons.â€
The children all hid the weapons theyâ€™d created.
â€œIâ€™m putting mine down my pants!â€ George said. â€œIâ€™m ready. You just give the word and the glass is broken!â€
â€œGeorge, God damn it,â€ Donald muttered. â€œYou read too many comic books.â€
â€œDonald, shut up!â€ George said. â€œThatâ€™s the call sign: â€˜The glass is broken.â€™â€
â€œOh my God, George,â€ Donald said. â€œWhat is wrong with you?â€