Fragments Chapter 18 Page 5

the street one last time and sprints across. As he gets to the building and begins to extend the ladder to reach the second level, Brian nods to the two girls and they quickly make their way across. They arrive just as the ladder is placed against the wall and Tommy begins climbing it rapidly to make sure it’s clear at the top.

Peeking over the wall cautiously and seeing that it’s devoid of life, he signals down to them to start their ascent. Pauline goes first with Sarah and Brian holding the bottom of the ladder. She moves a lot quicker this time, as if inspired by the urgency and comradery of the little tribe she is now part of.

Brian sends Sarah next and, wanting to get off the street as fast as possible, follows closely behind.