By Malorie Blackman
Sits among publication 1 and ebook 2 of the Noughts and Crosses series…
A strong brief tale that includes Sephy and Callum, stars of the unique dystopian bestseller, Noughts and Crosses. First published solely for international booklet Day 2012.
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Extra info for Callum: A Noughts and Crosses Short Story
I went at night. There was no one on the streets. I wondered where the people were. The streetlights were like moons cupped in iron fingers. Behind Janina’s house there was no light at all. I ran my hand across the step. I felt something. I put it in my pocket. I put the bread on the step. I looked up at the window, but it was even darker than the night. Somewhere in the house Janina was sleeping. I waved at the dark, empty window and went away. Back on the street, I heard a shout. I turned. Someone stood up the street, in shadow.
Candy he stole just for me. When I found a hazelnut buttercream, I could hardly chew it for laughing. I used to see the brown paper bread bags everywhere I went. Now there were not so many. One day when I snatched a loaf of bread, the lady called after me, “Stop! ” I stopped. I turned and faced her. I shouted back as sternly as I could. “I’m not a dirty Jew! I’m a Gypsy! ” She threw her hands in the air. She called out to the people on the sidewalk. “A dirty Gypsy! ” She started running after me.
Olek had Kuba wrapped like an octopus, Kuba squealing and flailing. Kuba grabbed Ferdi’s leg and bit it. Ferdi screamed, and in a moment everyone but Uri and grim-faced Enos was on the ground, even me with my leash. We laughed and bit and wrestled, and I think we must have looked like one squirming creature with many heads, arms, and legs. At last we peeled apart and flopped to the ground, exhausted and laughing. My ear was bleeding again and hurting. I pressed a fistful of dry grass to it. Except for Kuba, we sat on the ground and talked and laughed and smoked our cigarettes.