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Not For Sale: Chapter 2

Bracha Rosman

Previous chapter: Sruli walked down the unfamiliar block trying to see which house belonged to a Jew. He strained his eyes looking for mezuzahs. The house next-door to him didn’t have one. Neither did the next or the next.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

He waited outside the house, throwing his ball high into the air and catching it with a satisfying smack in his mitt. Maybe if he played long enough, the kid who lived inside would come out.

He threw the ball over a hundred times before the door to the house opened. Startled, he dropped the ball. It rolled right up the driveway of the house. Sruli stood there watching it roll.

“You can get it,” the boy standing on the porch said.

“Thanks.” Sruli ran towards the ball and scooped it up with his mitt. “Wanna play?”

The boy said something that Sruli didn’t catch, then ran back into his house, closing the door behind him.

Great, Sruli thought. A boy about my age right on my block and he slams the door on me!

He turned back towards his house.

“Hey!” a voice called him from behind. “Where’re ya going?”

Sruli spun around. The boy was back, complete with cap and mitt. He ran over to Sruli.

“I just went to get my mitt. I’m Shimi Krauss.”


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