I Want To Go Outside And Play?
The noise hurts my head. I can feel rough gloves on my legs as they dangle over the arms of someone and I am jerked off the floor. A mask was placed on my face with the air coming through it and I am able to take deep breaths again. As I try to open my eyes, everything is a blur. I decide it is just easier to keep them shut. The air around me is cold and crisp. I can tell that I am out of the house. “Maddie can you hear me?”, said my mom as she gently touched my face. “Where are dad and John?” “Um, honey, can--?” “Where are they?” Right away I know something is wrong. My mom isn 't answering my question. As I open my eyes, I see my mom with her face in her hands. She looks defeated and helpless. I have never seen my mom look like this before. I look up at the house, my home, my entire home is engulfed in flames. Looking to my left and right, all I can see is the police, the firefighters, and the ambulances. Their lights are flashing blue, red, and white in almost a blinding sort of way. Behind me our neighbors are lined up, staring with terror. I don 't see my dad or brother anywhere. “Mom where are they?” Bothun 5
“Maddie they—they didn’t make it”, she said. “Your father went in to get your brother, but no one could get to the