Adel's Quest

10/28/2020 5:12:34 PM
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“Stop! Listen! I have something to tell you!”

I froze where I was and slowly craned my neck around. It was a scarred old woman, with misty white eyes.

“Please listen to me. Take this seriously!”

The old woman seemed crazy, so I decided to keep walking.

“Stop! Listen! I have something to tell you! 

“Stop! Listen! I have something to tell you!” Repeated the woman.

I was afraid of what was going to happen so I broke into a run.

 

I wasn’t far from my house so when I got there, I ran into the kitchen. It wasn’t a big home, but it was adequate. There were two gloomy bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. 

“Papa, Papa!” I panted.

“What, Adel?” He replied, with his face still hidden behind a newspaper.

I shook, terrified and speechless.

 “Calm down. Don’t you have anything better to do?” He said, obviously not caring. My father had always been like this.  He never seemed to pay any attention to me since I was 3. Every day, he went to work early, and when he came back he ate dinner quietly and read the newspaper before he went to sleep. My aunt was the one who always took care of me.

I decided to go and check if the old woman was still there. I peeked out, half wanting to know what she had to say, but she wasn’t there. It’s like she had vanished into thin air. However, there was a more peculiar view on the street.

Hundreds of Jews were being marched across, being whipped by guards. I had never seen this many Jews in a single day. I saw their faces sulking as they walked with their friends. It was frighteningly different from the guards, who proudly whipped them like it was the best job in the world.

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