By Alexander Key
As 5 crippled kids play video games of imagining themselves in one other appealing global, one of many boys reveals he might help the remainder of them get away to a wierd new position.
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The country really did look wild. He ran an unsteady hand through his thatch of dark-red hair, then tugged on it as if to straighten out his thoughts. This was no time to let his imagination run away with him. He had to be practical. Suddenly it occurred to him that possibly, just possibly, she’d grown tired of waiting for him, or had begun to worry, and had decided to follow him to the building. Once more he studied the slope on the other side of the spring. Then, in despair, he remembered how long it had taken him to reach the trees.
Instead of the gloom and the dark, there was now a wonderfully warm sun cutting through the mist. Instead of on a hospital bed, he was lying on thick green grass, and there were clusters of bright-yellow flowers growing about him. The rumble of city traffic had ceased. In its place he could hear the singing of birds and the musical chatter of a tiny stream running past him down the hillside. As he listened, he was aware again of the curious sound that had made him open his eyes. He couldn’t identify it, but somehow it didn’t seem dangerous.
Brick decided it was partly because he was so tired, but mainly because he had to build up a lot more power for two people. It sort of worried him to realize how much everyone would soon be depending upon himfor what if his ability failed at the wrong moment? But it was the kind of thing he didn’t like to think about, so he tried to put it out of his mind. They landed safely in their beds, and the first person he saw when he opened his eyes was Nurse Jackson, dozing in the chair in front of him.