“I think the army men will never leave. The men with red eagles have been here before, but they never killed anyone; ‘specially Granpa,” whispered Grundie.
“Hush,” said Sharell. “It could be worse.”
“How,” said Grundie. “Look Granpa is dead. Daddy has a rope around his neck and two army guys next him. Cousin Methh and Daryl have both been hit with swords.”
Sharell looked at Grundie and tried to be confident, but the barn and the granary were on fire. Her uncle had made sure it grew every year before they added a new pig or horse; the granary always grew. But when the granary caught on fire he only looked at the girls and moms held by the well. He just looked worried about us.
The roof of the barn collapsed. Heat scalded the rocks and the guard holding baby Gem over the well almost lost control of the screaming baby. Mother tried to get up but she was smacked down by the second guard and the first one threatened to drop Gem into the well if she didn’t sit back down.
“We have plans for you that will let you and the baby live if you cooperate,” he said and then looked at everyone with an evil glare.
Army men had been here before and stolen things, but never like this. They did not even ask for anything. They ransacked the house and asked to see some type of tax record. When Granpa said he had no idea who Atlina was, he was run through with a sword and then everything started to go bad.
Daddy and the boys might have run off the army men, but they had a new person with them. Instead of a red eagle painted on their chests, this one wore all metal and it had beautiful red eagles all over it and had a sword bigger than even he was. He road a horse and even the army men did not look right at him.
The last horse to make it out of the barn died, Princess; it was my horse. I got the horse when I turned thirteen. Daddy said I could ride off to go find a husband to bring back to the farm and raise a family with every here. Princess fell right over in the cornfields. I watched her struggle on her legs and scream as she tried to bite the fire. I heard the army guards laugh and tried not to cry. But I felt the tears and looked up and saw more army people coming. They were dressed differently but I knew they were army people they all work bright white and blue stuff. They were too far away to know if they were evil too; I don’t dare to hope otherwise.