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"I will help you find Pochalla! she said. The other boys began walking toward her.

--No! I said. --See how she's dressed!
--Don't fear me, she said. --I am just a woman! I am your mother! Come to me!

The unknown boys ran toward her. Achor Achor stayed with me. When they were twenty feet from her, the woman turned, lifted a gun from the grass, and with her eyes full of white, she shot the taller boy through the heart. I could see the bullet leaving his back ....

We ran from her, diving into the grass and then crawling and hurtling away from the woman, who was still shouting at us. --Come back! she said. --I am your mother, come back, my children!"


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