Theyre very angry with us right now, he told Maxo. What if they bayonet the children right in front of us? Would you want to see that? Your children torn from limb to limb right before your eyes?
Maxo paced the perimeter of the room, walking back and forth, thinking.
Okay, he said finally. Ill make sure the children leave safely, then Ill come back for you. You call my cell phone as soon as you can and well meet at Tante Zis house in Delmas.
You should leave with us, Léone persisted.
Ill never know whether my uncle thought he was too old or too familiar to his neighbors, including the gang members, to be harmed in any way, but somehow he managed to convince everyone to leave. So when the sun rose the next morning, he was all by himself in a bullet-riddled compound.
Excerpted from Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat Copyright © 2007 by Edwidge Danticat. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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