“Joss, look! It’s the sun!”
“Anna get back here! Stay off the road.” Joss grabbed his baby sister by the arm and pulled her back into the ditch. “Remember what I told you?”
Anna tossed her head, sending her braids flying. “Stay off the roads. Don’t talk too loud. Never talk to strangers.”
“And why is all this important?”
Anna took a deep breath before reciting: “Because the Snatchers will find us. We’ll be separated and put into the work houses or worse.” Joss nodded, satisfied.
“You’re a good girl.”
Anna stuck out her tongue. “And you’re bossy, big brother.”