Angelo by David Macaulay

By David Macaulay

Excessive above the rooftops of Rome, Angelo starts his paintings restoring the façade of a as soon as excellent church. There, one of the sticks and feathers, he discovers a wounded poultry. Angelo turns into the bird's reluctant savior. because the church nears of completion, Angelo starts to fret in regards to the way forward for his avian good friend. “What becomes of you? the place will you pass . . . the place will you . . . live?" he asks her. via his artistry as a grasp craftsman he solutions the questions for his humble good friend and assures that he, himself aren't forgotten.

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She moved in the winter of third grade. I sat with my chin on the windowsill and stared across the street as they unloaded the moving van. A guy carried out a kid-sized bike and a pink plastic dollhouse. I crossed my fingers. Our development was still raw, mostly unfinished skeleton houses and freezing pits of mud. I was dying for somebody my age to play with. My babysitter walked me and a pot of coffee across to meet the new people. The house was exactly like ours only flipped backwards, with the same smell of new paint and clean carpets.

Thorn-covered vines creep across the floor, crackling like a bonfire. Black roses bloom in the moonlight, born dead and brittle. The web on my face holds my eyes open, forcing me to watch as Cassie steps out of the shadows, briars twining up her legs and around her body, reaching up through her hair. One minute she’s by the door, the next, she stands over me. The temperature in the room has dropped twenty degrees. Her voice is in my head. “Lia,” she says. I can’t make a sound. Spiders crawl on my face and leap across to her arms.

The ball slips out of her hands and rolls toward the field. ” She finally looks up. ” I start the engine. “My teachers will love you for making me deal with it. ”  )  % She smiles. “Okay. ” I roll up the window. I wish I had cancer. I will burn in hell for that, but it’s true.  & ) The air at the gas station is heavy with diesel and the smell of rancid deep-fryer fat from the McDonald’s next door. 30 pounds. I had to eat at Thanksgiving (vultures all around the table), but since then it’s been mostly water and rice cakes.

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