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Adaptive Among the Hidden

  Adaptive Among the Hidden

  Iris Strong

  Copyright 2017 Iris Strong

  Among the Hidden

  By: Margaret Peterson HADDIX


  Chapter 1


  Luke is a boy who lived in the woods with


  his mother, father, and two brothers. His


  brothers’, Matthew and Mark were both


  older than he was. One day as Luke was


  outside playing, he watched a tree fall. His


  mom yelled, “Come in the house now”!


  When he got inside he thought to himself, “I

  might not ever get to go outside again in my


  life”. Luke wanted to know why his parents


  were selling the woods. The woods was the


  one place he was allowed to go and play on


  most days. When Matthew and Mark would


  go to school, Luke’s mom would let him go


  outside and play in the woods as long as no



  one was around. See, Luke had to live an


  invisible life. The only people that knew


  about him, was his mom, dad, and two


  brothers. No one was allowed to talk about


  him, or even mention his name when they

  went outside. He was never to be seen by



  other people. When people would come to


  their house, Luke had to run fast upstairs


  and hide, and his mom would rush to put



  away everything that belong to Luke. No



  one was never to know that he lived there.


  Luke always knew he was different, but he


  did not know why. Luke loved the woods



  and was happy when he was able to go


  outside. and play. For this reason, he had to



  know why. One day, the family was sitting


  at the kitchen table, Luke asked his question.


  “Why are you selling the woods”? His dad


  tried to explain to him, that the government,


  those people that control the city, made them


  do it. Luke didn’t like the government


  because he felt like all the government did,


  was yell at people and tell them what they


  can and cannot do. Luke got up from his


  chair, and went to the window to look


  outside. He tried to imagine rows of houses


  where the trees use to be. This made Luke


  ask another question? “So when people start


  to move in, will I have to stop looking out of


  the window”? Luke’s dad, hit his hand on


  the table very hard. This question made him


  angry and sad all at the same time. He yelled


  at Luke and said “You are not to be looking



  out the window starting right now”! Luke


  always wondered what would happen to him if someone ever saw him.



  Chapter 2


  The laws, rules made by the government,


  was the reason why Luke had to be in



  hiding. There was a law that said “families


  can only have two children”. It was called


  the population law. The population law meant that you can only have a certain



  amount of people in a certain area. They


  even had the Population police to enforce



  the law. For example, if the police found out


  that a family was getting ready to have a


  third child, the family was told they could


  not have the baby. So when Luke’s mom


  found out she was pregnant with him she



  kept it a secret. This made things very


  different for the family. His brothers


  couldn’t have friends over to play. They


  couldn’t have a birthday party with their


  friends either, because the parents’ feared


  other people would find out about Luke and


  tell the population police. This sometimes


  made his brothers angry with him. Because


  new people were going to be moving in,

  Luke was not going to be able to help


  with the outside chores. His brothers would make smart remarks to him about not


  helping with the chores. Their mom would


  tell the boys Stop being mean to Luke,


  because it was not his fault that he wasn’t


  allowed to help do some of the chores. Luke



  didn’t r
eally understand the law and thought

  things would change when he got older.


  He wanted to be to go to school, have


  friends, and play outside just like his other



  two brothers did. On Luke’s sixth birthday



  his mom made him a cake. As he was


  staring at his cake, he had begun to think


  about Mark’s sixth birthday. Mark



  complained a lot on his sixth birthday,


  because he wanted to have friends over and

  was told no. This just made Luke want to


  ask his mom why. He wanted to know why


  he was so different from his brothers and


  why he had to hide when people would



  come over to their house.


  Several days after his birthday Luke decided


  to ask his mother the one question that had



  been bothering him. Mom, he says, “When


  will people be able to see me”? His mother



  was standing at the sink washing dishes. She


  dried her hands and said “can’t you just


  accept the fact that you are different?” This


  just made Luke ask, but “Why am I different


  from my brothers?” his mom began to


  explain to him, that when she was pregnant,


  she was very happy. She also wanted to


  show him off to everyone because she felt


  that he was a miracle to their family. Luke,


  began to feel confused and sad because, all



  he could remember was that his mom would


  hid him when people would come around.


  His mother continued to explain to him, how


  him being hidden was not as bad as he


  thought. He was always able to be outside


  playing in the woods, climbing the trees


  when no one was around. He was allowed to


  go into the farm and play with the baby

  pigs while his brothers were at school. He



  even got special hugs, and reading time with


  his mother when the brothers were not



  Luke was starting to feel like being invisible


  wasn’t so bad after all. That is until they


  took the woods away from them.

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