By Julia Alvarez
Within the early Nineteen Sixties within the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her relatives is thinking about the underground circulation to finish the bloody rule of the dictator, normal Trujillo.
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Cried Stace and Claire together. “Well, thanks for the support, guys. ” Everyone burst out laughing. After practice I stayed at Adi’s and played old skool Monopoly with his family. They’re so normal, it’s fantastic. ” I nodded. He sighed. “Then we need a plan. S. I smacked everyone at Monopoly—10 hotels, all the way down the Strand, Piccadilly, and Mayfair. Invincible! , Feb. 24 There’s heavy snow across Europe again. A bunch of us went to the media suite at college to watch Sky. It’s so surreal seeing white people crying and huddling in shelters in places where you used to go on holiday.
Then Adi’s hand on my arm, pulling me up. “Come on. ” And then the best part of all—air, fresh air on my face. I never knew how good that could feel. When we got onto the street, there were thousands of people crushed into the cordoned-off area around the exit. There were police and ambulances around the front. The streets were gridlocked. Me and Adi stood there, gasping. A fireman waved us over. ” I couldn’t find any words, I just felt cold. He frowned. ” Adi nodded. “She’s fine. ” He took out his cell phone.
Then we took a sharp turn and ran straight onto the Strand. We stopped dead. It was a massive standoff. At least a thousand people in a silent mass outside Somerset House. Facing them, a line of police in riot gear. It looked like a photograph, like they’d been there forever. Then, without warning, the police fired 3 gas grenades into the people. The crowd fell back, screaming. Thru the smoke I could see the police moving forward, beating on their shields with their sticks. Suddenly I heard Adi screaming in my ear.
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez