Have you seen Sam?
it couldn’t last. Everyone was killing time. But if all they did was kill time, time would end up killing them.
Albert had created a currency based on gold bullets and McDonald’s game pieces. He’d wanted to call the currency something else, but no one remembered what. So, ‘Bertos they were, a play on “Albert,
And he thought of the two people who had held his job before him: Sam and Astrid. Both beaten into despair by trying to hold this group of kids together in the face of one disaster after another. Both of them now happy to let Edilio handle it.
We’re not going to give in. We’re going to fight.
Where are you going, Albert?
Today, each of you will make a decision,
More than two dozen kids lined a low railing around the gazebo. They were all tied to it by a rope leash that gave them no more than a few feet of movement. Neck to rail, like tethered horses. Each of the kids was weighed down by a concrete block that encased their hands. Their eyes were hollow, their cheeks caved in.
Astrid used a word that Sam had never imagined coming from her.
You weren’t going to tell us about Orsay?