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rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \qr \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Tat\u259?lui \u351 ?i mamei mele\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 4 \b \fs18 I\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \b \fs18 Vuietul scoicii\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?iatul blond \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du drumul pe u ltimul metru de st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259?-\u351?i croiasc\u25 9? drum spre lagun\u259?. De\u351?i \u238?\u351?i scosese jerseul de \u351?coal\ u259? \u351?i-l t\u238?ra acum \u238?ntr-o m\u238?n\u259?, c\u259?ma\u351?a cenu \u351?ie \u238?i asudase pe trup \u351?i p\u259?rul i se lipise de frunte. De ju r \u238?mprejur, brazda lung\u259? tras\u259? prin jungl\u259? devenise o baie f ierbinte. Se trudea s\u259?-\u351?i fac\u259? loc printre liane \u351?i printre trunchiurile zdrobite, c\u238?nd o pas\u259?re, o apari\u355?ie ro\u351?ie \u351 ?i galben\u259?, \u355?\u238?\u351?ni cu un \u355?ip\u259?t de vr\u259?jitoare; \u355?ip\u259?tului \u238?i r\u259?spunse un altul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Hei! se auzi. Stai o clip\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \s9 \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ fs18 Desi\u351?urile din marginea brazdei se scuturar\u259? \u351?i pic\u259?tur i de ploaie c\u259?zur\u259? grindin\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sta i ni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?el! zise vocea. M-am \u238?ncurcat \u238?n liane.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul se opri \u351?i \u238?\u351?i trase ciorapii cu u n gest automat, de parc\u259? ar fi fost acas\u259?, nu \u238?n jungl\u259?.\par

\pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Vocea se auzi iar:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De-abia m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? pot mi\u351?ca printre lianele astea.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Cel ce vorbise ie\u351?i cu spatele dintre desi\u351?uri, iar cr\u259? cile \u238?i zg\u238?riar\u259? hanoracul slinos. M\u259?r\u259?cinii se ag\u259 ?\u355?aser\u259? \u351?i \u238?i zg\u238?riaser\u259? rotulele goale \u351?i pl inu\u355?e ale genunchilor. Se aplec\u259?, scoase cu grij\u259? \u355?epii m\u2 59?r\u259?cinilor \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse. Era mai scund dec\u238?t b\u259?iatu l blond \u351?i foarte gras. \u206?naint\u259?, uit\u238?ndu-se atent pe unde ca lc\u259?, apoi \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? capul \u351?i privi prin lentilele gro ase ale oche\plain \f4 \fs18 larilor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde-i om ul cu megafonul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E o insul\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. Cel pu\u355?in, a\u351?a cred, zise el. Uite un col\u355? de st\u238?nc\u259? \u238?n ap\u259?. Te pomene\u351?ti c\u259? n-o fi nici un om mare pe aici.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \f s18 Gr\u259?sanul p\u259?ru uimit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A fost pilot ul \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?la. Dar nu era \u238?n compartimentul pasagerilor, ci \u238?n carling\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul f\u259?cu ochii mici \u 351?i scrut\u259? col\u355?ul de st\u238?nc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Ce s-o fi \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt\u238?mplat cu pu\u351?tii? continu\u259 ? el. Trebuie s\u259? fi sc\u259?pat c\u238?\u355?iva. S\u238?nt convins. Tu ce crezi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul porni degajat spre malul m\u259?rii. \u2 06?ncerca s\u259? se poarte c\u238?t mai firesc \u351?i nu se ar\u259?t\u259? pr ea indiferent la cele auzite, dar gr\u259?sanul se gr\u259?bi s\u259?-l urmeze.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i absolut nici un om mare?\par \pard \brdrt

\brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Nu cred.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul vorbise solemn; apoi \ u238?l cople\u351?i bucuria unei ambi\u355?ii \u238?mplinite. Se a\u351?ez\u259? \u238?n m\u238?ini, cu capul \u238?n jos, chiar \u238?n mijlocul brazdei \u351? i \u238?i r\u238?nji gr\u259?sanului, pe care \u238?l vedea de-a-nd\u259?r\u259? telea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nici un om mare!\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O clip\u259? grasul r\u259?mase pe g\u238?nduri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i pilotul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul rev eni la pozi\u355?ia normal\u259? \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? pe p\u259?m\u238?ntu l jilav.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O fi zburat mai departe, dup\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u259? ce ne-a dat drumul. Nici n-ar fi putut s\u259? aterizeze aici. \u 206?n orice caz, nu cu un avion cu ro\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A m fost ataca\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u355?i fie fric\u259?, are s\u259? se \u238?ntoarc\u259?.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Gr\u259?sanul cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Pe c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nd coboram, m-am uitat printr-o fereastr\ u259?. Am v\u259?zut cealalt\u259? parte a avionului. Era \u238?n fl\u259?c\u259 ?ri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 M\u259?sur\u259? din ochi brazda din jungl\u259?.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite ce-a f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut fuzelaju l...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi

ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Blondul \u238?ntinse m\u238?na \u351?i pip\u259?i trunchiul mutilat al unui arbore. Pre\u355? de o clip\u259?, p\u259?ru interesat .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce s-o fi \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt\u238?mpla t cu avionul? Unde-o fi? \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-a \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?mpins uraganul \u238?n larg. Era foarte \plain \f19 \fs18 primejdios, fiin dc\u259? toate trunchiurile se pr\u259?bu\u351?eau. Trebuie s\u259? mai fi r\u25 9?mas ni\u351?te copii \u238?n avion.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ezit\u259? un mom ent, apoi vorbi din nou:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum te cheam\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gr\u259?sanul a\u351?tept\u259? s\u259? fie \u238?ntrebat \u351?i el cum se num e\u351?te, dar propunerea de prezentare nu avu loc; blondul pe nume Ralph z\u238 ?mbi vag, se ridic\u259? \u351?i porni iar spre lagun\u259?. Gr\u259?sanul se \u 355?inu scai de el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cred c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 59? mai s\u238?nt mul\u355?i copii \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tia\u355?i pe-aici. N-ai v\u259?zut pe nimeni?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap \u351?i iu\u355?i pasul. Apoi se \u238?mpiedic\u259? de o crac\u259? \u351?i c\u 259?zu cu o bu\u351?itur\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gr\u259?sanul se opri l \u238?ng\u259? el, sufl\u238?nd din greu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\pla in \f19 \fs18 \u259?tu\u351?ica mi-a spus s\u259? nu fug, fiindc\u259? suf\u259? r de astm\u259?, explic\u259? el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a, m\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Chiar a\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u351?a. Mi se taie r\u259?suflarea. Eram singurul b\u259?iat din \u351?coal\u 259? care avea astm\u259?, rosti gr\u259?sanul plin de m\u238?ndrie. \u350?i por t o\plain \f4 \fs18 chelari de la trei ani.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10

\brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i sco ase \u351?i-i \u238?ntinse lui Ralph, clipind \u351?i z\u238?mbind, apoi \u238?n cepu s\u259?-i \u351?tearg\u259? de hanoracul jegos. O expresie de durere \u351? i concentrare \u238?i schimonosi tr\u259?s\u259?turile slab conturate. \u206?\u3 51?i \u351?terse sudoarea de pe obraji \u351?i \u238?\u351?i puse repede och\pla in \f4 \fs18 elarii pe nas.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fructele alea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? \u238?n jurul brazdei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Fructele alea, zise el. Cred...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i potrivi ochelarii, se \u238?ndep\u259?rt\u259? de Ralph, c\u259?lc\u238?nd prin desi\u351?uri, \u351?i se ghemui \u238?n frunzi\u351?ul \u238?nc\u238?lcit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?ntorc numaidec\u23 8?t...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se desprinse prudent dintre\plain \f19 \fs1 8 liane \u351?i se strecur\u259? mai departe printre ramuri. \u206?l l\u259?s\u 259? repede \u238?n urm\u259? pe gr\u259?san cu g\u238?f\u238?ielile lui \u351?i o apuc\u259? gr\u259?bit spre perdeaua care se afla \u238?nc\u259? \u238?ntre e l \u351?i lagun\u259?. Trecu peste trunchiul unui arbore zdrobit \u351?i ie\u351 ?i din jungl\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?\u259?rmul era str\u259?juit de palmieri. St\u259?teau drep\u355?i, \u238?nclina\u355?i sau sprijini\u355?i, sc\u259?lda\u355?i \u238?n lumina soarelui \u351?i cu frunzi\u351?ul verde la o \u238?n\u259?l\u355?ime de treizeci de metri. \u354?\u259?rmul de sub ei, pres\u 259?rat cu nuci de cocos putrezite, cu vl\u259?stari de palmieri \u351?i acoperi t cu iarb\u259? aspr\u259?, era r\u259?scolit pretutindeni de pomi dezr\u259?d\u 259?cina\u355?i \u351?i pr\u259?bu\u351?i\u355?i. \u206?nd\u259?r\u259?tul lor s e \u238?ntindea bezna adev\u259?ratei p\u259?duri \u351?i brazda deschis\u259? p rin ea. \u206?n picioare, cu o m\u238?n\u259? sprijinit\u259? de un trunchi cenu \u351?iu, Ralph \u238?\u351?i str\u238?nse pleoapele \u238?n fa\u355?a m\u259?ri i sclipitoare. \u206?n dep\u259?rtare, poate la un kilometru \u351?i jum\u259?ta te, talazurile albe lingeau ni\u351?te st\u238?nci de coral, iar dincolo de ele marea era de un albastru \u238?nchis. \u206?n arcul neregulat al st\u238?ncilor de coral, laguna st\u259?tea lini\u351?tit\u259? ca un lac de munte \u351?i colo rat\u259? \u238?n toate nuan\u355?ele albastrului, \u238?n verde tulbure \u351?i \u238?n purpuriu. Plaja dintre terasa cu palmieri \u351?i \u355?\u259?rm era un arc sub\u355?ire, aparent nesf\u238?r\u351?it, c\u259?ci la st\u238?nga lui Ral ph liniile palmierilor, ale plajei \u351?i ale m\u259?rii se adunau \u238?ntr-un punct la infinit; \u351?i, ve\u351?nic, aproape vizibil\u259?, ar\u351?i\u355?a .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno

ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S\u259?ri de pe lespedea de piatr\u259?. Pantofii neg ri i se \u238?nfundar\u259? \u238?n nisip, iar c\u259?ldura \u238?l lovi. Sim\u3 55?i toat\u259? greutatea hainelor \u351?i, cu un gest s\u259?lbatic, \u238?\u35 1?i azv\u238?rli pantofii din picioare, apoi, dintr-o singur\u259? mi\u351?care, \u238?\u351?i smulse ciorapii cu jartiere cu tot. S\u259?ri iar pe lespede, \u2 38?\u351?i scoase c\u259?ma\u351?a \u351?i r\u259?mase \u238?n picioare printre cojile de nuci de cocos, ca ni\u351?te cranii, iar pe trup i se prelinser\u259? umbrele verzi ale palmierilor \u351?i ale p\u259?durii. \u206?\u351?i desf\u259? cu catarama \u238?n form\u259? de \u351?arpe a curelei, \u238?\u351?i trase pant alonii scur\u355?i \u351?i chilo\u355?ii \u351?i r\u259?mase gol, cu ochii \u355 ?int\u259? la plaj\u259? \u351?i la marea orbitoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Er a destul de mare, avea doisprezece ani \u351?i c\u238?teva luni, a\u351?a \u238? nc\u238?t \u238?\u351?i pierduse burtica plinu\u355?\u259? din copil\u259?rie; n u era totu\u351?i destul de mare pentru ca adolescen\u355?a s\u259?-i dea sentim entul pudorii. Judec\u238?nd dup\u259? l\u259?\u355?imea \u351?i greutatea umeri lor, ar fi putut deveni boxer, de\u351?i gura tr\u259?da o anume moliciune, iar \u238?n privire nu i se citea ar\u355?agul. B\u259?tu u\u351?or cu m\u238?na tru nchiul palmierului; apoi, for\u355?at s\u259? recunoasc\u259? \u238?n cele din u rm\u259? existen\u355?a insulei, r\u238?se din nou \u238?nc\u238?ntat \u351?i st \u259?tu \u238?n m\u238?ini. Reveni ml\u259?dios pe picioare, s\u259?ri pe plaj\ u259?, \u238?ngenunche \u351?i adun\u259? cu bra\u355?ele la piept dou\u259? mor mane de nisip. Dup\u259? aceea se l\u259?s\u259? ni\u355?el pe spate \u351?i pri vi cu ochi vii \u351?i ner\u259?bd\u259?tori marea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Ralph...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gr\u259?sanul cobor\u238? dintre palmieri \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? atent pe marginea lespezii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mi pare r\u259?u c-am stat a\u351?a de mult. Fr uctele alea...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i \u351?terse ochelarii \u35 1?i-i potrivi pe nasul turtit. Rama \u238?i imprimase la r\u259?d\u259?cina nasu lui un "V" ad\u238?nc \u351?i roz. Se uit\u259? cu invidie la trupul bronzat al lui Ralph, apoi la propriile haine. Prinse cap\u259?tul fermoarului, \u238?ntins pe tot pieptul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?tu\u3 51?ica...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Trase apoi energic de fermoar \u351?i \u238?\ u351?i scoase hanoracul peste cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b

rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?i arunc\u259? o privire pie zi\u351?\u259? \u351?i nu-i r\u259?spunse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u259? g\u238?ndesc c-ar trebui s\u259? afl\u259?m cum \u238?i ch eam\u259? pe to\u355?i \u351?i s\u259? facem o list\u259?, zise gr\u259?sanul. N -ar strica s\u259? ne adun\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ignor\u259? pr opunerea, iar gr\u259?sanul se v\u259?zu silit s\u259? continue:\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-mi pas\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? cum au s\u259?-mi spun\u259? , c\u238?t timp n-au s\u259? m\u259? strige ca la \u351?coal\u259?, \u238?i m\u2 59?rturisi el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 R\plain \f19 \fs18 alph ar\u259?t\u259? o arecare interes.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i cum te strigau la \u351?coal\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gr\u259?sanul arunc\u25 9? o privire peste um\u259?r \u351?i se aplec\u259? spre Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?mi spuneau "Piggy"\plain \f19 \fs18 , \u 351?opti el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph izbucni \u238?n hohote de r\u238?s. S\u259?ri \u238?n picioare:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy! Piggy!\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph... te rog!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u23 8?\u351?i \u238?ncle\u351?t\u259? m\u238?inile, cuprins de team\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am spus c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu vreau s\u259?...\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy! Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \

brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u35 5?op\u259?i \u238?n aerul fierbinte de pe plaj\u259?, apoi se \u238?ntoarse \u23 8?n viraj ca un avion de v\u238?n\u259?toare cu aripile str\u238?nse \u351?i \u2 38?l mitralie pe Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? V\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238 ?\u238?\u238?\u238?j!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Plonj\u259? \u238?n nisipul de la picioarele lui Piggy \u351?i r\u259?mase acolo r\u238?z\u238?nd.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy z\u238?mbi reticent, m\ u259?gulit f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? vrea de dramul acela de pre\u355?uire.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t\u259? vreme n-o s\u259? le spui \u259?lorlal\u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph chicoti pe nisip. Exp resia de durere \u351?i concentrare reveni pe fa\u355?a lui Piggy\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Stai ni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S e \u238?ntoarse iute \u238?n p\u259?dure. Ralph se ridic\u259? \u351?i o lu\u259 ? la dreapta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Un element p\u259?trat al peisajului \u23 8?ntrerupea plaja; o platform\u259? uria\u351?\u259? de granit trandafiriu \u238 ?\u351?i croia drum necru\u355?\u259?tor prin p\u259?dure, prin teras\u259?, pri n nisip \u351?i prin lagun\u259?, ca un chei suspendat, \u238?nalt de peste un m etru. Platforma era acoperit\u259? cu un strat sub\u355?ire de p\u259?m\u238?nt \u351?i iarb\u259? aspr\u259?, \u351?i umbrit\u259? de palmieri tineri care \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? neput\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nd s\u259? creasc\u259? la \u 238?n\u259?l\u355?imea maxim\u259?, r\u259?d\u259?cinile fiind lipsite de sol ad \u238?nc \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? se pr\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?bu\u351?eau \u35 1?i se uscau c\u238?nd ajungeau de vreo \u351?apte metri, iar trunchiurile lor d ev\u259?lm\u259?\u351?ite erau numai bune s\u259? \u351?ezi pe ele. Palmierii \u 238?nc\u259? \u238?n picioare formau un plafon verde, pe care jucau reflexiile a mestecate ale lagunei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se urc\u259? pe platform\u 259?, sim\u355?i r\u259?coarea \u351?i umbra, \u238?nchise un ochi \u351?i se co nvinse c\u259? umbrele de pe trupul lui erau cu adev\u259?rat verzi. Se \u238?nd rept\u259? spre marginea dinspre mare a platformei \u351?i r\u259?mase cu privir

ea la ap\u259?. Era limpede p\u238?n\u259? la fund \u351?i str\u259?lucea de efl orescenta ierburilor marine tropicale \u351?i a coralului. Un banc de pe\u351?ti \u351?ori lucio\u351?i s\u259?geta ici-colo. Ralph vorbi singur, articul\u238?nd u-\u351?i \u238?nc\u238?ntarea pe corzile de bas ale vocii.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Aaah!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n spatele platformei se ivir\u 259? alte minuni. O for\u355?\u259? necontrolat\u259? a naturii \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? un taifun, poate, sau o furtun\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? dezl\u259?n\u35 5?uit\u259? o dat\u259? cu venirea l\plain \f21 \fs18 ui Ralph aici \u8213? \pla in \f19 \fs18 \u238?ngr\u259?m\u259?dise nisip \u238?n lagun\u259?, astfel \u238 ?nc\u238?t pe plaj\u259? se formase un bazin lung \u351?i ad\u238?nc, \u238?ngr\ u259?dit la cap\u259?tul cel mai \u238?ndep\u259?rtat de un perete \u238?nalt de granit trandafiriu. Ralph, pe care aspectul de fals\u259? ad\u238?ncime a bazin elor de pe plaj\u259? \u238?l mai \u238?n\u351?elase \u351?i \u238?nainte, se ap ropie, gata de o nou\u259? dezam\u259?gire. De data asta \u238?ns\u259?, insula \u238?\u351?i \u355?inu f\u259?g\u259?duiala, iar bazinul, inundat evident doar \u238?n timpul fluxului, era, lucru de necrezut, at\u238?t de ad\u238?nc la un c ap\u259?t, \u238?nc\u238?t ar\u259?ta verde-\u238?nchis. Ralph \u238?l cercet\u2 59? cu aten\u355?ie pe toat\u259? lungimea celor treizeci de metri, apoi se arun c\u259? \u238?n el. Apa era mai cald\u259? dec\u238?t s\u238?ngele lui \u351?i a vu impresia c\u259? \u238?noat\u259? \u238?ntr-o baie uria\u351?\u259?.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy ap\u259?ru din nou, se a\u351?ez\u259? pe marginea corni\ u351?ei st\u238?ncoase \u351?i urm\u259?ri cu invidie trupul verde \u351?i a\pla in \f4 \fs18 lb al lui Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar bine mai \pla in \f19 \fs18 \u238?no\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?\u351?i scoase pantofii \u351?i ciorapii, \u238?i \u 238?ntinse cu grij\u259? pe st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? apa cu de getul mare de la picior.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E fierbinte!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar cum te a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?teptai s\u259? fie?\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? a\u351?teptam la n imic. M\u259?tu\u351?ica...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia mai d\plain \f19

\fs18 \u259?-o dracului pe m\u259?tu\u351?\u259?-ta!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R alph plonja din nou \u351?i \u238?not\u259? pe sub ap\u259? cu ochii deschi\u351 ?i; \u238?ngr\u259?ditura de nisip a bazinului se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? ame nin\u355?\u259?toare ca o costi\u351?\u259? de deal. Se \u238?ntoarse pe spate, \u355?in\u238?ndu-\u351?i nasul cu degetele, \u351?i pe fa\u355?\u259? \u238?i j uca \u351?i se sf\u259?r\u238?m\u259? o raz\u259? aurie. Piggy p\u259?ru c\u259? se hot\u259?r\u259?\u351?te \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259?-\u351?i scoat\u259? pan talonii scur\u355?i. Imediat r\u259?mase gol \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? palid \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i gras \u238?n goliciunea lui. Cobor\u238? pe v\u238?rful p icioarelor taluzul nisipos al lacului, intr\u259? p\u238?n\u259? la g\u238?t \u2 38?n ap\u259? \u351?i \u238?i z\u238?mbi m\u238?ndru lui Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? N-ai de g\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?\plain \f19 \fs18 nd s\u259? \u 238?no\u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu s\u259? \u238?not. Nu m i-au dat voie. Astma mea...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia mai d\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-o dracului de asta-a-mea!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy primi afr ontul cu un fel de r\u259?bdare umil\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar bine mai \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?no\u355?i! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph lip \u259?i spre mal, \u238?\u351?i b\u259?g\u259? capul la fund \u351?i \u238?mpro\ u351?c\u259? apoi printre buze o \u351?uvi\u355?\u259? de ap\u259?. \u206?\u351? i \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? b\u259?rbia \u351?i zise:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?not de la cinci ani. M-a \u238?nv\u259?\u355?at t\u259?ticu. E comandor de marin\u259?. C\u238?nd o s\u259? intre \u238?n conced iu, o s\u259? vin\u259? s\u259? ne salveze. Tat\u259?l t\u259?u ce-i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f19 \fs18 Piggy ro\u351?i brusc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? T\plain \ f19 \fs18 \u259?ticu a murit, zise el repede, iar m\u259?mi\plain \f4 \fs18 ca.. .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i scoase ochelarii, c\u259?ut\u238?nd zad arnic \u238?n jur ceva cu care s\u259?-i \u351?tearg\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Am stat cu m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?tu\u351?ica. \u354?inea o cofet \u259?rie. Aveam pr\u259?jituri berechet. C\u238?te voiam. C\u238?nd o s\u259? n e salveze t\u259?ticul t\u259?u?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ndat\u259? ce-o s\u259? poat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy ie\u351?i \u351?i r\u259?mase gol, \u351?iroind de ap\u259?; \u238?\u351?i \u351 ?terse ochelarii cu o \u351?oset\u259?. Prin ar\u351?i\u355?a dimine\u355?ii, nu ajungea p\u238?n\u259? la ei dec\u238?t mugetul lung al talazurilor ce se zdrob eau de st\u238?nci.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da' de unde \plain \f19 \fs 18 \u351?tie c\u259? s\u238?ntem aici?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se b\u259? l\u259?cea \u238?n ap\u259?. Somnul \u238?l cotropi ca mirajele ce se str\u259?d uiau s\u259? \u238?nv\u259?luie str\u259?lucirea lagunei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Da' de unde \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tie c\u259? s\u238?ntem aici?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 "Fiindc\u259?, \u238?\u351?i spuse Ralph, fiindc\u259?, fi indc\u259?."\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mugetul de pe st\u238?ncile din mare se \u 238?ndep\u259?rt\u259? mult de tot.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Au s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i spun\u259? la aeroport.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy cl\u2 59?tin\u259? sceptic din cap, \u238?\u351?i puse ochelarii cu lentilele sclipito are \u351?i \u238?\u351?i cobor\u238? privirea spre Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n nici un caz n-au s\u259?-i spun\u259? cei de acolo. N-ai auzit ce-a zis pilotul? Despre bomba atomic\u259?? Au murit to\u3 55?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad

ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ie\u351?i din ap\u259? \u351?i r\u259?mase \u238?n fa\u355?a lui Piggy, g\u238?ndindu-se la aceast\u259? problem\u259? neob i\u351?nuit\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nte m pe-o insul\u259?, nu-i a\u351?a? insist\u259? Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am coco\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?at pe-o st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i cred c \u259?-i o insul\u259?, r\u259?spunse Ralph \u238?ncet.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Au murit to\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i \u351?i s\u238?ntem pe o insul\u25 9?, zise Piggy. Nici dracu' nu \u351?tie c\u259? s\u238?ntem aici. T\u259?ticu t \u259?u nu \u351?tie, nimeni nu \u351?tie...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?i tre murau \plain \f19 \fs18 buzele, iar ochelarii i se aburiser\u259? de cea\u355?\u 259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S-ar putea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? r\u2 59?m\u238?nem aici p\u238?n\u259? murim.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La acest ultim cuv\u238?nt, li se p\u259?ru c\u259? ar\u351?i\u355?a se \u238?nte\u355?e\u351? te, ca o ap\u259?sare amenin\u355?\u259?toare, iar laguna \u238?i cople\u351?e\u 351?te cu sc\u238?nteieri orbitoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259? duc s\u259?-mi iau hainele, bomb\u259?ni Ralph. Uite-le colo.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O rupse la fug\u259? pe nisip, sub razele ne\u238?ndur\u2 59?toare ale soarelui, travers\u259? platforma \u351?i d\u259?du peste hainele r isipite. \u206?mbr\u259?catul c\u259?m\u259?\u351?ii cenu\u351?ii \u238?i produs e o nou\u259? \u351?i stranie pl\u259?cere. Se urc\u259? pe marginea platformei \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? la umbra verde, pe un trunchi din apropiere. Piggy se s\u259?lt\u259? \u351?i el, str\u238?ng\u238?nd la subsuoar\u259? aproape toate hainele. Se a\u351?ez\u259? grijuliu pe un trunchi pr\u259?bu\u351?it, l\u238?n g\u259? st\u238?nc\u259? micu\u355?\u259?, \u238?ndreptat\u259? spre lagun\u259? ; pe trup \u238?i tremurau reflexiile razelor \u238?nc\u238?lcite.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? d\u259?m de ceilal\u355?i, spuse Piggy. Trebuie s\u259? facem ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu-i r\ u259?spunse. Se aflau pe o insul\u259? de coral. Se l\u259?s\u259? prad\u259? vi selor pl\u259?cute, ap\u259?rat de soare \u351?i ignor\u226?nd ce cobea Piggy.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b

rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u355?i om fi? insist\u 259? Piggy\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?naint\u259? \u351?i se opri l\u2 38?ng\u259? gr\u259?san.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Habar n\plain \f4 \fs1 8 -am.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pe apele lucioase, sub p\u238?cla ar\u351?i\u355 ?ei, se strecurau ici \u351?i colo brize u\u351?oare. C\u238?nd ajungeau la plat form\u259?, frunzele de palmieri porneau s\u259? \u351?opteasc\u259?, iar pete n eclare de soare alunecau pe trupul b\u259?ie\u355?ilor sau se mi\u351?cau la umb r\u259?, ca ni\u351?te fiin\u355?e str\u259?lucitoare \u351?i \u238?naripate.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?\u351?i \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? privirea s pre Ralph. Pe fa\u355?a acestuia umbrele se inversaser\u259?; deasupra erau verz i, iar jos str\u259?lucitoare, proiectate de lagun\u259?. Prin p\u259?r i se fur i\u351?\u259? o raz\u259? tulbure de soare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tre buie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? facem ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu-i d \u259?du nici o aten\u355?ie. Iat\u259?, \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351?it, locul mult v isat, dar niciodat\u259? \u238?n\u355?eles pe deplin, prinz\u238?nd brusc o via\ u355?\u259? adev\u259?rat\u259?. Deschise buzele \u238?ntr-un z\u238?mbet de \u2 38?nc\u238?ntare, iar Piggy, lu\u238?nd sur\u238?sul lui drept o dovad\u259? c\u 259? era acceptat, r\u238?se \u238?nc\u238?ntat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i \u238?ntr-adev\u259?r o insul\u259?... \par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar asta ce-o mai fi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u 238?ncet\u259? s\u259? z\u238?mbeasc\u259? \u351?i ar\u259?t\u259? cu degetul sp re lagun\u259?. Printre ierburile marine \u351?i ferigi se vedea un obiect alb-g \u259?lbui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E o piatr\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu. E o scoic\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10

\brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy nu-\u351?i mai g\u259?sea locul, cuprins de un entuziasm frenetic\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u351?a e. E o scoic\u259?! Am mai v\u259?zut una la fel. Pe zidul din spatele ca sei cuiva. Zicea c\u259?-i o cochilie. Sufla \u238?n ea \u351?i-atunci venea m\u 259?mica lui. Cost\u259? o groaz\u259? de bani...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aproa pe de cotul lui Ralph, vl\u259?starul unui palmier se apleca peste lagun\u259?. Greutatea trunchiului f\u259?cuse s\u259? se ridice o movili\u355?\u259? de p\u2 59?m\u238?nt sterp, af\u238?nat, \u351?i palmierul avea s\u259? se pr\u259?bu\u3 51?easc\u259? \u238?n cur\u238?nd. Ralph smulse tulpina \u351?i \u238?ncepu s-o v\u238?nture prin ap\u259?, \u238?n timp ce pe\u351?ti sclipitori fulgerau \u238 ?n toate p\u259?r\u355?ile. Piggy se aplec\u259? riscant.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Ai gri\plain \f19 \fs18 j\u259?. Ai s-o spargi...\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph vorbi cu g\u238?ndul aiurea. Scoica era interesant\u259?, frumoas\u259?, o adev\u259?rat\u259? juc\u259?rie s cump\u259?; dar pl\u259?smuirile vii din visul lui diurn st\u259?ruiau \u238?nc\ u259? \u238?ntre el \u351?i Piggy, care, \u238?n aceast\u259? \u238?mprejurare, se dovedi o fiin\u355?\u259? f\u259?r\u259? importan\u355?\u259?. Tulpina palmie rului se \u238?ndoi \u351?i Ralph \u238?mpinse scoica printre ierburi, \u238?nti nse m\u238?na ca o p\u238?rghie \u351?i ap\u259?s\u259? cu cealalt\u259?, p\u238 ?n\u259? c\u238?nd cochilia ie\u351?i la suprafa\u355?\u259? picur\u238?nd \u351 ?i Piggy reu\u351?i s-o apuce.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Acum, c\u259? scoica nu mai era doar un obiect vizibil dela distan\u355?\u259? \u351?i intangibil, Ralph se entuziasma \u351?i el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...o cochilie face o groaz\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? de bani, bolborosi Piggy. S\u238?nt sigur c\u259? , dac-ai vrea s\u259? cumperi una, ar trebui s\u259? dai pe ea o mul\u355?ime de bani... Ala o \u355?inea pe zidul gr\u259?dinii, iar m\u259?tu\u351?ica...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?i lu\u259? scoica \u351?i pe bra\u355? i se pre linse pu\u355?in\u259? ap\u259?. De un alb-g\u259?lbui \u238?nchis, scoica avea ici-colo pete trandafirii decolorate, \u238?ntre v\u238?rful ei ros, ni\u355?el g\u259?urit, \u351?i valvele roz ale gurii, corpul lung de patruzeci de centimet ri, acoperit cu un desen fin \u351?i cizelat, se r\u259?sucea u\u351?or \u238?n spiral\u259?. Ralph o scutur\u259?, golind de nisip tubul ad\u238?nc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10

\li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...muge\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te ca o vac\u259?, spuse P iggy Avea \u351?i ni\u351?te pietre albe, \u351?i mai avea o colivie cu un papag al verde. Fire\u351?te, nu sufla \u238?n pietrele albe, zicea...\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Se opri s\u259?-\u351?i trag\u259? r\u259?suflarea \u351?i m\u238?ng\u 238?ie obiectul str\u259?lucitor din m\u238?inile lui Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?iatul \u238?l privi.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cu ajutorul ei, \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i putem chema pe ceilal\u355?i. Ca s\u259? ne adun\u259?m. C\u238?nd or s\u259? ne aud\u259?, or s\u259? vin\u259? to\u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?l privi radios pe Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asta urm\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?reai, va s\u259? zic\u259?? De asta ai scos cochilia din ap\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du peste cap p\u259?rul blond.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum sufla prietenul t\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?u din cochilie?\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Parc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? scuipa, r\u259?spun se Piggy. M\u259?tu\u351?ica nu voia s\u259? m\u259? lase s\u259? suflu, din cau za astmei. B\u259?iatul zicea c\u259? trebuie s\u259? sufli prin cap\u259?tul de jos.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?\u351?i puse m\u238?na pe abd\plain \ f4 \fs18 omenul umflat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai, \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ncearc\u259?, Ralph. Cheam\u259?-i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ne\u238?ncrez \u259?tor, Ralph duse la gur\u259? cap\u259?tul mic al scoicii \u351?i sufl\u259 ?. Prin gura cochiliei ie\u351?i doar un \u351?uierat. Ralph se \u351?terse pe b uze de apa s\u259?rat\u259? \u351?i sufl\u259? iar, dar scoica r\u259?mase t\u25 9?cut\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr

l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Parc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? scuip a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u351?i str\u238?nse bu zele \u351?i sufl\u259? \u238?n scoic\u259?, provoc\u238?nd un sunet jos, ca un p\u238?r\u355?. B\u259?ie\u355?ii se amuzar\u259? at\u238?t de tare, \u238?nc\u2 38?t Ralph, \u238?ntre hohote de r\u238?s, mai sufl\u259? un timp.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sufl\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? pe aici, pe jos.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph pricepu \u351?i sufl\u259? cu toat\u259? for\u355?a \u238?n sco ic\u259?. Scoica r\u259?sun\u259? pe dat\u259?. O not\u259? aspr\u259? \u351?i a d\u238?nc\u259? vui pe sub palmieri, se r\u259?sp\u238?ndi prin p\u259?durea \u2 38?nc\u238?lcit\u259? \u351?i reveni ca un ecou din granitul trandafiriu al munt elui. Stoluri de p\u259?s\u259?ri se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?ar\u259? din v\u238?rfu l pomilor, iar prin desi\u351?uri un animal gui\u355?\u259? \u351?i o rupse la f ug\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i dezlipi scoica de la gur\ u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?iculi\u355?\u25 9?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Dup\u259? nota aspr\u259? a cochiliei, vocea lui ob i\u351?nuit\u259? suna ca o \u351?oapt\u259?. O duse din nou la buze, trase ad\u 238?nc aer \u238?n piept \u351?i mai sufl\u259? o dat\u259?. Sunetul r\u259?sun\ u259? din nou: apoi, la o \u238?ncercare mai energic\u259?, sunetul urc\u259? o octav\u259? \u351?i deveni un zgomot strident \u351?i mai p\u259?trunz\u259?tor. Piggy striga ceva \u238?nc\u238?ntat, iar lentilele \u238?i sclipeau. P\u259?s\ u259?rile \u355?ipau, animalele mici fugeau s\u259? se ascund\u259?. Ralph obosi ; sunetul cobor\u238? o octav\u259? \u351?i deveni un g\u238?lg\u238?it, un \u35 1?uierat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Scoica t\u259?cu \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? un col\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355? str\u259?lucitor de elefant. V\u259?zduhul insulei se umplu de \u355?ipetele p\u259?s\u259?rilor \u351?i de ecouri, iar fa\u355?a l ui Ralph se umbri de o emo\u355?ie cov\u238?r\u351?itoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt sigur c\u259? se poate auzi la kilometri .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i rec\u259?p\u259?t\u259? suflul \u 351?i smulse scoicii o serie de sunete scurte \u351?i viole\plain \f4 \fs18 nte. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon

e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia te uit\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?! exclam\u259 ? Piggy. A ap\u259?rut unul!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Printre palmieri, la vreo sut\u259? de metri de plaj\u259?, se ivise un copil. Era un b\u259?ie\u355?el de vreo \u351?ase ani, voinic \u351?i blond, cu hainele \u238?n zdren\u355?e \u351 ?i m\u238?njit pe fa\u355?\u259? de fructele terciuite. \u206?\u351?i l\u259?sas e pantalonii pe vine \u238?ntr-un scop anume \u351?i nu-i mai ridicase dec\u238? t pe jum\u259?tate. S\u259?ri de pe terasa cu palmieri pe nisip, iar pantalonii \u238?i c\u259?zur\u259? \u238?n jurul gleznelor; ie\u351?i din ei \u351?i se \u 238?ndrept\u259? spre platform\u259?. Piggy \u238?l ajut\u259? s\u259? se salte. \u206?ntre timp, Ralph sufl\u259? de zor p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd \u238?n p\u25 9?dure r\u259?sunar\u259? voci. B\u259?ie\u355?elul se ghemui \u238?naintea lui Ralph, privindu-l cu ochi str\u259?lucitori. Pe m\u259?sur\u259? ce se convingea c\u259? sunetul avea un scop precis, p\u259?ru tot mai mul\u355?umit \u351?i-\u 351?i v\u238?r\u238? \u238?n gur\u259? singurul deget curat, degetul mare tranda firiu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Piggy \plain \f19 \fs18 se aplec\u259? spre el.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Johnny.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy bomb\u259?ni pentr u sine numele, apoi i-l strig\u259? lui Ralph care, ocupat s\u259? sufle, nu ar\ u259?t\u259? nici un interes. Pl\u259?cerea violent\u259? st\u238?rnit\u259? de acest sunet uluitor \u238?i \u238?ntunecase fa\u355?a, iar b\u259?t\u259?ile ini mii \u238?i \u238?nfiorau c\u259?ma\u351?a scor\u355?oas\u259?. Strig\u259?tele din p\u259?dure se apropiau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pe plaj\u259? se observau semne de via\u355?\u259?. Nisipul, palpit\u238?nd \u238?n p\u238?cla ar\u351?i\u 355?ei, ascundea multe siluete de-a lungul c\u238?torva kilometri. Prin nisipul fierbinte \u351?i mut se \u238?ndreptau spre platform\u259? mai mul\u355?i b\u25 9?ie\u355?i. Trei copii, c\u238?t Johnny de mici, aproape c\u259? r\u259?s\u259? riser\u259? din p\u259?durea unde se \u238?ndopaser\u259? cu fructe. Unul brunet , ceva mai mic ca Piggy, \u238?\u351?i croi drum prin desi\u351?, se \u238?ndrep t\u259? spre platform\u259? \u351?i le z\u238?mbi vesel tuturor. Veneau tot mai mul\u355?i. Urm\u238?nd exemplul inocentului Johnny, se a\u351?ezar\u259? pe tru nchiurile pr\u259?bu\u351?ite ale palmierilor \u351?i a\u351?teptar\u259?. Ralph continu\u259? s\u259? sufle, sco\u355?\u238?nd sunete scurte \u351?i p\u259?tru nz\u259?toare. Piggy se mi\u351?ca printre ei, \u238?ntreb\u238?ndu-i cum \u238? i cheam\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncrunt\u238?ndu-se \u238?n efortul de a le memora nu mele. Copiii v\u259?deau fa\u355?\u259? de el acela\u351?i respect firesc, ca \u 238?n fa\u355?a oamenilor cu megafoane. Unii erau goi \u351?i-\u351?i duceau hai nele \u238?n m\u238?n\u259?; al\u355?ii erau pe jum\u259?tate dezbr\u259?ca\u355 ?i, cum se nimerise, \u238?n uniforme de \u351?coal\u259? cenu\u351?ii, albastre , g\u259?lbui, \u238?n haine sau jersee. Aveau insigne, chiar \u351?i embleme, p ulovere \u351?i ciorapi \u238?n dungi. Se adunaser\u259? ciorchine peste trunchi urile palmierilor, \u238?n umbra verde: capete cu p\u259?r \u351?aten, blond, br

unet, castaniu, nisipiu, cenu\u351?iu deschis; capete care murmurau \u351?i \u35 1?opteau; capete cu ochi care \u238?l p\u238?ndeau pe Ralph, f\u259?c\u238?nd sp ecula\u355?ii de tot felul. Se petrecea ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Copiii ca re veneau de-a lungul plajei, singuri sau c\u238?te doi, ap\u259?rur\u259? brusc la vedere c\u238?nd ie\u351?ir\u259? din p\u238?cla ar\u351?i\u355?ei \u351?i p \u259?\u351?ir\u259? pe nisipul din apropiere. Aten\u355?ia \u238?\u355?i era \u 238?n primul r\u238?nd atras\u259? de o fiin\u355?\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?, c a un liliac, ce dansa pe nisip, preced\u238?nd un trup care \u238?nc\u259? nu se vedea. Era umbra unui copil care, sub razele verticale ale soarelui, se mic\u35 1?orase, ajung\u238?nd o pat\u259? \u238?ntre picioarele gr\u259?bite. C\u238?nd \u351?i ultima pereche, \u238?naint\u238?nd sub o pat\u259? neagr\u259? \u351?i tremur\u259?toare, ajunse la platform\u259?, Ralph \u238?i observ\u259?, \u238? n vreme ce sufla din cochilie. Cei doi b\u259?ie\u355?i, cu capete rotunde ca ni \u351?te bile \u351?i cu p\u259?r c\u238?nepiu, se aruncar\u259? la p\u259?m\u23 8?nt \u351?i r\u259?maser\u259? acolo, r\u238?njindu-i lui Ralph \u351?i sufl\u2 38?nd din greu, ca ni\u351?te c\u238?ini. Erau gemeni \u351?i dubletul ar\u259?t a at\u238?t de nostim, \u238?nc\u238?t te uluia, nevenindu-\u355?i s\u259?-\u355 ?i crezi ochilor. Respirau \u238?mpreun\u259?, r\u238?njeau \u238?mpreun\u259?, v\u238?njo\u351?i \u351?i plini de via\u355?\u259?, \u238?\u351?i ridicar\u259? spre Ralph buzele umede: se p\u259?rea c\u259? pielea fetei nu-i \u238?nc\u259?p ea, a\u351?a \u238?nc\u238?t profilurile le erau turtite, iar gurile \u351?i le \u355?ineau deschise. Piggy aplec\u259? spre ei ochelarii cu lentile str\u259?lu citoare \u351?i, printre \u351?uier\u259?turile stridente ale scoicii, se auzi c um le repet\u259? numele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam, Eric! Sam, Eric! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Apoi se \u238?ncurc\u259?; gemenii cl\u259?tinar\u259? din cap \u351?i se ar\u259?tar\u259? cu degetul, iar copiii r\u238?ser\u259?.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, Ralph \u238?ncet\u259? \u351 ?i r\u259?mase nemi\u351?cat, cu scoica \u238?ntr-o m\u238?n\u259? \u351?i b\u25 9?rbia rezemat\u259? de genunchi. Ecourile \u351?i r\u238?setele se stinser\u259 ? \u238?n dep\u259?rtare \u351?i se a\u351?ternu t\u259?cerea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f1 9 \fs18 Prin cea\u355?a diamantin\u259? a plajei se opintea o f\u259?ptur\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?. Ralph o v\u259?zu primul \u351?i o urm\u259?ri p\u238?n\u2 59? c\u238?nd for\u355?a privirii lui atrase to\u355?i ochii \u238?ntr-acolo. F\ u259?ptura p\u259?\u351?i din miraj, ajunse pe nisipul curat \u351?i ceilal\u355 ?i observar\u259? c\u259? aspectul ei \u238?ntunecat nu se datora at\u238?t umbr elor, c\u238?t hainelor. Un grup de b\u259?ie\u355?i merg\u238?nd aproape la pas , \u238?n dou\u259? \u351?iruri paralele, \u351?i \u238?mbr\u259?ca\u355?i \u238 ?n ve\u351?minte stranii \u351?i excentrice, iat\u259? ce era de fapt creatura. Duceau \u238?n m\u238?n\u259? pantaloni scur\u355?i, c\u259?m\u259?\u351?i \u351 ?i haine felurite. Fiecare purta o \u351?apc\u259? neagr\u259? \u351?i p\u259?tr at\u259?, cu o insign\u259? de argint. Pelerine negre, cu o cruce lung\u259? de argint \u238?n dreptul inimii \u351?i \u238?ncheiate la g\u238?t cu un jabou g\u 259?lbui, le ascundeau trupurile de la g\u238?t \u351?i p\u238?n\u259? la c\u259 ?lc\u238?ie. Ar\u351?i\u355?a tropicelor, cobor\u238?rea, c\u259?utarea hranei, iar acum acest mar\u351? obositor de-a lungul plajei fierbin\u355?i \u238?i f\u2

59?cuser\u259? s\u259? semene la fa\u355?\u259? cu ni\u351?te prune proasp\u259? t sp\u259?late. B\u259?iatul care \u238?i comanda era \u238?mbr\u259?cat la fel, av\u238?nd \u238?ns\u259? pe \u351?apc\u259? o insign\u259? de aur. C\u238?nd g rupul lui ajunse la vreo zece metri de platform\u259?, le d\u259?du un ordin, ia r b\u259?ie\u355?ii se oprir\u259?, tr\u259?g\u238?ndu-\u351?i suflarea, transpi ra\u355?i \u351?i unduindu-se \u238?n lumina nemiloas\u259?. Cu pelerina flutur\ u238?nd, comandantul p\u259?\u351?i \u238?nainte, se \u238?ndrept\u259? hot\u259 ?r\u238?t spre platform\u259? \u351?i scrut\u259? bezna care i se p\u259?rea de nep\u259?truns.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde-i trompetistul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f19 \fs18 Ralph, \u238?n\u355?eleg\u238?nd c\u259? pe cel din fa\u355?a lui \u238?l orbise lumina soarelui, r\u259?spunse:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nici un trompetist. Eu am suflat!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?iatul se apropie \u351?i mai mult, \u238?\u351?i miji ochii \u351?i se uit\u259? atent l a Ralph. Pu\u351?tiul blond pe care \u238?l v\u259?zu, cu o cochilie alb-g\u259? lbuie pe genunchi, nu p\u259?ru s\u259?-l mul\u355?umeasc\u259?. Se \u238?ntoars e repede, \u238?nv\u259?luit \u238?n pelerina neagr\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Da' nu-i nici un vapor?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n\u259?untrul pelerinei \u238?nfoiate se vedea un trup \u238?nalt, sub\u355?irel \u351?i ciol \u259?nos; de sub \u351?apca neagr\u259? ie\u351?ea un p\u259?r ro\u351?cat. B\u 259?iatul avea o figur\u259? bo\u355?it\u259? \u351?i pistruiat\u259?, ur\u238?t \u259?, \u238?ns\u259? f\u259?r\u259? a fi stupid\u259?. Ochii de un albastru-de schis te m\u259?surau nemul\u355?umi\u355?i \u351?i furio\u351?i, sau gata s\u25 9? devin\u259? furio\u351?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nici un om ma re pe aici?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nici unul, \plain \f19 \fs18 \ u238?i r\u259?spunse Ralph. Avem o \u238?ntrunire. Veni\u355?i \u351?i voi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Grupul de b\u259?ie\u355?i cu pelerine \u238?ncepu s\u259? se destrame din \u351?irul str\u238?ns. B\u259?iatul \u238?nalt le strig\u259?:\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Corul! Drep\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10

\li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Corul se regrupa, respect\u238?nd resemnat ordinul, \u351?i r\u2 59?mase cl\u259?tin\u238?ndu-se \u238?n soare. Cu toate acestea, unii din ei \u2 38?ncepur\u259? s\u259? protesteze slab:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ascult \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?, Merridew. Te rug\u259?m, Merridew... n-am \plain \f4 \ fs18 putea...?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Unul dintre b\u259?ie\u355?i c\u259?zu c u fa\u355?a \u238?n nisip, iar \u351?irul se risipi, \u238?l suir\u259? pe platf orm\u259? pe b\u259?iatul c\u259?zut \u351?i \u238?l l\u259?sar\u259? \u238?ntin s acolo. Merridew arunc\u259? fulgere din priviri, dar se sili s\u259? ias\u259? cu bine din aceast\u259? situa\u355?ie penibil\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine atunci.\plain \f19 \fs18 Sta\u355?i jos. L\u259?sa\u355?i-l \u238?n pace.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar, Merridew...\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Le\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?in\u259? mereu, r\u259?spunse Merrid ew. A le\u351?inat la Gibraltar, la Addis-Abeba \u351?i la slujba religioas\u259 ? de diminea\u355?\u259?, \u238?n fa\u355?a dirijorului corului. \par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La acest ultim am\u259?nunt r\u259?ut\u259?cios, membrii corului chic otir\u259?, se a\u351?ezar\u259? ca ni\u351?te corbi pe trunchiurile dev\u259?lm \u259?\u351?ite \u351?i \u238?l studiar\u259? curio\u351?i pe Ralph. Piggy nu-i \u238?ntreb\u259? de nume. Superioritatea impus\u259? de uniforme \u351?i autori tatea fireasc\u259? a vocii lui Merridew \u238?l intimidau. Se str\u238?nse de c ealalt\u259? parte a lui Ralph \u351?i \u238?\u351?i f\u259?cu\plain \f4 \fs18 de lucru cu ochelarii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Merridew se \u238?ntoarse spre Ra lph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nici un om mare pe aici?\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Merridew se a\u351?ez\u259? pe un trunchi \u351?i se uit\u259? \u238?n jur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A tunci o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? trebuiasc\u259? s-avem singuri grij\u259? de n oi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno

ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy, aflat \u238?n siguran\u355?\u259? de cealalt \u259? parte a lui Ralph,\plain \f4 \fs18 vorbi timid:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De-asta a convocat Ralph \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntrunirea. Ca s\u259? hot\u259?r\u238?m ce-i de f\u259?cut. \u350?tim \u351?i unele nume. \u258?sta-i Johnny. \u258?\u351?tia doi... s\u238?nt gemeni, Sam \u351?i Eric? Care-i Eric? Tu e\u351?ti? Nu... tu e\u351?ti Sam...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu s\pl ain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt Sam...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i eu \u238?s Eric...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun\u259? mai bine fiecare cum \u238?l cheam\u259?, zise Ralph. Pe mine m\u259? cheam\u259? Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u 350?tim aproape toate numele, zise Piggy. Tocmai le-am aflat.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Astea-s nume de \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?\u238?nci, spuse Merridew . De ce s\u259? fiu Jack? M\u259? cheam\u259? Merridew.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse brusc. Vocea b\u259?iatului ar\u259?ta c\u259? \u351?tie c\plain \f4 \fs18 e vrea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe urm\plain \f19 \f s18 \u259?, continu\u259? Piggy, pe \u259?la... am uitat...\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Vorbe\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti prea mult, spuse Jack Merridew. Gur a, Fatty\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Izbucnir\u259? r\u238?sete.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-l cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Fatty! strig \u259? Ralph, numele lui adev\u259?rat e Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \

brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A, Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 P\u2 38?n\u259? \u351?i \u355?\u238?ncii \u355?inur\u259? isonul hohotelor de r\u238? s. Printre b\u259?ie\u355?i se form\u259? o vreme un circuit \u238?nchis de simp atie, l\u259?s\u238?ndu-l pe Piggy \u238?n afar\u259?; gr\u259?sanul se \u238?mb ujora, \u238?nclin\u259? capul \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u351?terse din nou ochelar ii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, r\u238?sul se domoli \u 351?i apelul continu\u259?. Printre cei din cor, Maurice era primul ca \u238?n\u 259?l\u355?ime dup\u259? Jack; era lat \u238?n umeri \u351?i z\u238?mbea tot tim pul. Mai era \u351?i un b\u259?iat sl\u259?bu\u355?, cu mi\u351?c\u259?ri furi\u 351?e, pe care nu-l cuno\u351?tea nici unul; st\u259?tea izolat \u351?i firea lu i ascuns\u259? ar\u259?ta limpede c\u259? nu voia s\u259? aib\u259? de-a face cu nimeni. Murmur\u259? c\u259? se numea Roger \u351?i t\u259?cu. Bill, Robert, Ha rold, Henry; b\u259?iatul din cor care le\u351?inase se sprijini \u238?n capul o aselor de trunchiul unui palmier, \u238?i z\u238?mbi u\u351?or lui Ralph \u351?i spuse c\u259? se nume\u351?te Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? hot\u259?r\u238?m cum vom fi salva\u355?i, zise Jack.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se foir\u259?. Unul dintre pu\u351?ti, Henry, spuse c\u259? voia s\u259? plece acas\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Gura! \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i zise Ralph \u351?i ridic\u259? absent coch ilia. Cred c-ar trebui s-avem un \u351?ef care s\u259? ia hot\u259?r\u238?ri.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Un \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ef! Un \u351?ef!\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fiu \u351?eful, zise Jack cu o obr\u259?znicie sfruntat\u259?, fiindc\u259? s\u238?nt coristul principal \u351?i \u351?eful clasei. \u350?tiu s\u259? c\u238?nt \u238?n do diez .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se foir\u259? din nou.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine atunci, spuse Jack. Eu...\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \f s18 Ezit\u259?. B\u259?iatul brunet, Roger, se trezi \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351?it \ u351?i vorbi r\u259?spicat:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vot\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vot\u259?m pentru \u351?ef!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vot\u259?m...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jocul de-\plain \f19 \fs18 a votatul era aproape la fel de pl\u259?cut ca \u351? i cel cu cochilia. Jack \u238?ncerc\u259? s\u259? protesteze, dar \u238?n h\u259 ?rm\u259?laia iscat\u259?, dorin\u355?a tuturor de a avea un \u351?ef se transfo rm\u259? \u238?n alegere, prin aclamarea lui Ralph. Nici unul dintre b\u259?ie\u 355?i n-ar fi putut g\u259?si o justificare serioas\u259? alegerii. Doar Piggy d \u259?duse dovad\u259? de bun sim\u355?, \u238?n vreme ce faptele \u238?l desemn au clar pe Jack ca \u351?ef. Nemi\u351?carea lui Ralph le atr\u259?sese aten\u35 5?ia: apoi \u238?n\u259?l\u355?imea \u351?i aspectul lui pl\u259?cut; \u351?i, c a un element tainic, dar foarte puternic \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? cochilia. Cel ca\plain \f19 \fs18 re suflase \u238?n cochilie, cel care st\u259?tuse \u351?i \u238?i a\u351?teptase pe platform\u259? cu scoica delicat\u259? b\u259?l\u259?b \u259?nindu-i-se pe genunchi, f\u259?cea o figur\u259? aparte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Pe cel cu scoica!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph! Ralph! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-l alegem \u351?ef pe cel cu trompeta!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ridic\u259? m\u238?na, impun\u2 38?nd t\u259?cere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fo\plain \f19 \fs18 arte bin e. Cine-l vrea pe Jack ca \u351?ef?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cu o supunere obosi t\u259?, corul \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? m\u238?inile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vrea ca \u351?ef?\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs

18 Toate m\u238?inile, \u238?n afar\u259? de cele ale cori\u351?tilor \u351?i a lui Piggy, se ridicar\u259? imediat. Apoi Piggy o ridic\u259? \u351?i el, vr\u23 8?nd-nevr\u238?nd.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Atunci eu s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?eful, num\u259?r\u259? Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cercul iz bucni \u238?n aplauze. P\u238?n\u259? \u351?i corul aplaud\u259?; pistruii de pe fa\u355?a lui Jack disp\u259?rur\u259? sub ro\u351?ea\u355?a jignirii. Se ridic \u259?, apoi se r\u259?zg\u238?ndi \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? la loc, \u238?n ti mp ce v\u259?zduhul vuia. Ralph \u238?l privi, gata s\u259?-i ofere ceva.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te, corul e al t\u259?u.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea face o armat\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? d in el...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sau v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259?to ri...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u20 6?mbujorarea disp\u259?ru de pe fa\u355?a lui Jack. Ralph ceru din nou cu m\u238 ?na s\u259? se fac\u259? t\u259?cere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack e \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u351?eful corului. B\u259?ie\u355?ii ar putea... ce-ai vrea s\u 259? fie?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? V\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259?tori. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u351?i Ralph schimbar\u259? z\u238?mbete de afec \u355?iune timid\u259?. Ceilal\u355?i \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? vorbeasc\u259? \u238?nfocat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine, corul. Scoate\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-v\u259? pelerinele, zise Jack \u351?i se ridic\u259?. \par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii din cor, ca \u351?i cum ar fi sc\u259?pat d e \u351?coal\u259?, se ridicar\u259?, \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? tr\u259?nc\u259 ?neasc\u259? \u351?i \u238?\u351?i a\u351?ezar\u259? pelerinele negre pe iarb\u2 59? la gr\u259?mad\u259?. Jack \u351?i-o puse pe-a lui pe trunchiul de l\u238?ng

\u259? Ralph. Pantalonii scur\u355?i \u351?i cenu\u351?ii i se lipiser\u259? de trup din cauza transpira\u355?iei. Ralph \u238?i privi cu admira\u355?ie, iar c\ u238?nd Jack observ\u259?, \u238?i explic\u259?:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Am \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ncercat s\u259? m\u259? ca\u355?\u259?r pe dealul \ u259?la ca s\u259? v\u259?d dac\u259? e ap\u259? \u238?mprejur. Da' ne-a chemat scoica ta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?i z\u238?mbi \u351?i ridic\u259? scoica, impun\u238?nd t\u259?cere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asculta\pla in \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-m\u259? cu to\u355?ii. Trebuie s\u259? am timp ca s\u259? v\u259?d cum stau lucrurile. Nu pot hot\u259?r\u238? pe loc ce-i de f\u259?cut. Dac\u259? nu-i o insul\u259?, o s\u259? fim salva\u355?i imediat. A\u351?a c\u25 9? trebuie s\u259? hot\u259?r\u238?m dac\u259? e sau nu o insul\u259?. R\u259?m\ u238?ne\u355?i cu to\u355?ii pe loc, a\u351?tepta\u355?i \u351?i nu v\u259? \u23 8?ndep\u259?rta\u355?i. Trei dintre noi \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? lu\u259?m mai mul\u355?i, o s\u259? ne \u238?ncurc\u259?m \u351?io s\u259? ne r\u259?t\u259?cim \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? trei dintre noi o s\pla in \f19 \fs18 \u259? plec\u259?m \u238?n cercetare. O s\u259? merg eu, Jack \u35 1?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? \u238?mprejur la fe\u355?ele aprins e de emo\u355?ie. Nu ducea lips\u259? de b\u259?ie\u355?i dintre care s\u259? al eag\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii din jurul lui Simon chicotir\u259?, iar el se ridic\u259? \u351?i r\u238?se scurt. Paloarea le\u351?inului \u238?i disp\ u259?ruse; era un b\u259?ie\u355?el sub\u355?irel, vioi, privind pe sub o claie de p\u259?r drept, negru \u351?i aspru, care \u238?i at\u238?rna \u238?n la\u355 ?e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 D\u259?du din cap spre Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Bine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i eu. ..\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?n\u351?f\u259?c\u259? un cu\u355?it lung din buzunarul de la spate \u351?i-l \u238?nfipse \u238?ntr-un trunchi. Murmurul se st\u238?rni iar, apoi se stinse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \

sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Piggy se foi.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vin \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i eu.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \ fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu e\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti bun la a\u351?a ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar. ..\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-avem nevoie de tine, i-o t\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259?ie Jack. Trei s\u238?ntem de-ajuns.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ochelarii l ui Piggy sc\u238?nteiar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am fost cu el c\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nd a g\u259?sit cochilia. Am fost cu el \u238?naintea cel orlal\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nici Jack \u351?i nici restul nu-i d\u259 ?dur\u259? vreo aten\u355?ie. Se \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tiar\u259? cu to\u355?ii. Ralph, Jack \u351?i Simon s\u259?rir\u259? de pe platform\u259? \u351?i o luar\u 259? de-a lungul plajei, trec\u238?nd de bazin. Piggy se \u355?inu bomb\u259?nin d \u238?n urma lor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Simon merge \u238?ntre noi, atunci o s\u259? vorbim peste capul l\plain \f4 \fs 18 ui, zise Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cei trei \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? mearg\u259? la pas. Din c\u238?nd \u238?n c\u238?nd, Simon trebuia s\u259? fac\u 259? doi pa\u351?i mici \u351?i repezi ca s\u259?-i ajung\u259?. Ralph se opri b rusc \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse spre Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ascul t\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u351?i Simon se pref\u 259?cur\u259? c\u259? nu observ\u259? nimic, \u238?\u351?i v\u259?zur\u259? de d rum\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu po\plain \f19 \fs18 \u

355?i s\u259? vii cu noi!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ochelarii lui Piggy se aburir \u259? iar \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? de data asta de umilin\plain \f19 \fs18 \u3 55?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu le-ai spus! Dup\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ce c\u259? te-am rugat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?nro\u351?i, iar buzele \u238?i tremurar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dup\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ce te-am rugat c\u259? nu vreau...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Despre ce dracu' vorbe\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? De faptul c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mi se spune Piggy \u354?i-am zis c\u259? nu-mi pas\u259? c\u238?t\u259? vreme n-au s\u259? m\u259? strige Piggy; te-am r ugat s\u259? nu le zici, dar te-ai apucat \u351?i le-ai spus imediat...\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Se a\u351?ternu t\u259?cerea. Ralph \u238?l privi pe Piggy cu m ai mult\u259? \u238?n\u355?elegere, \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? \u238? l jignise \u351?i c\u259? \u238?l zdrobise suflete\u351?te. Ezit\u259? \u238?ntr e dou\u259? c\u259?i \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? de a-\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i ce re scuze sau de-a continua cu jignirile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai bi ne Piggy dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t Fatty, conchise el cu brutalitatea conduc\ u259?torului \u238?nn\u259?scut, dar, oricum, \u238?mi pare r\u259?u dac\u259? t e sim\u355?i jignit. \u206?ntoarce-te, Piggy, \u351?i str\u238?nge numele b\u259 ?ie\u355?ilor. Asta-i treaba ta. La revedere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238? ntoarse \u351?i o rupse la fug\u259? dup\u259? cei doi. Piggy r\u259?mase nemi\u 351?cat, iar indignarea de pe fa\u355?\u259? \u238?i disp\u259?ru treptat. Reven i la platform\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Cei trei b\u259?ie\u355?i p\u259?\u351?eau repede pe nisip. Flux ul sc\u259?zuse, iar ierburile marine \u238?nt\u259?riser\u259? o f\u238?\u351?i

e a plajei, f\u259?c\u238?nd-o tare ca o \u351?osea. Un fel de splendoare se r\u 259?sp\u238?ndi asupra lor \u351?i asupra peisajului; \u238?i p\u259?trunse \u35 1?i se sim\u355?ir\u259? ferici\u355?i. Se \u238?ntoarser\u259? unul spre cel\u2 59?lalt, r\u238?ser\u259? tare \u351?i vorbir\u259? f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? se as culte. V\u259?zduhul sclipea. Ralph, sim\u355?ind nevoia de-a g\u259?si o explic a\u355?ie, st\u259?tu \u238?n m\u238?ini \u351?i c\u259?zu. C\u238?nd \u238?ncet ar\u259? s\u259? r\u238?d\u259?, Simon \u238?i m\u238?ng\u238?ie timid bra\u355? ul lui Ralph; trebuir\u259? s\u259? r\u238?d\u259? din nou.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Hai, zise imediat Jack, s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntem exploratori.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mergem p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259? la cap\u 259?tul insulei \u351?i ne uit\u259?m dup\u259? col\u355?, \plain \f4 \fs18 zise Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? o fi \u238? ntr-adev\u259?r o insul\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Acum, aproape de sf\u2 38?r\u351?itul dup\u259?-amiezei, mirajele se mai domoleau. G\u259?sir\u259? cap \u259?tul insulei, care ap\u259?rea foarte deslu\u351?it, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? -\u351?i fi pierdut, prin magia mirajelor, forma sau realitatea. O \u238?ngr\u25 9?m\u259?dire obi\u351?nuit\u259? de blocuri cubice, cu o st\u238?nc\u259? imens \u259? \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u238?ndu-se din lagun\u259?. Pe st\u238?nc\u259? \u2 38?\u351?i aveau cuibul p\u259?s\u259?rile marine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Parc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i glazura de pe o pr\u259?jitur\u259? roz, zise Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nimic de v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? zut dup\u259? col\u355?, fiindc\u259? nu exist\u259? un col\u355?, zise Jack. E o mic\u259? \u238?ndoitur\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 1?i, v\u259? da\u355?i seama, st\u238?ncile s\u238?nt tot mai greu de urcat...\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i puse m\u238?na strea\u351?in\u259? l a ochi \u351?i urm\u259?ri conturul zdren\u355?uit al col\u355?ilor st\u238?nco\ u351?i ce \u238?naintau spre munte. Aceast\u259? parte a plajei era mai aproape de munte dec\u238?t toate celelalte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?ncerc\u259?m s\u259? ne c\u259?\u355?\u259?r\u259?m pe m unte de aici, zise el. Cred c\u259?-i calea cea mai u\u351?oar\u259?. E mai pu\u 355?in\u259? vegeta\u355?ie de jungl\u259? \u351?i mai mult\u259? st\u238?nc\u25 9? trandafirie. Haide\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cei trei b\u259?ie\u355?i \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? se ca\u355?ere. O for\u355?\u259? necunoscut\u259? s

mulsese \u351?i sf\u259?r\u238?mase aceste cuburi, astfel c\u259? z\u259?ceau st r\u238?mb, claie peste gr\u259?mad\u259?, ca o piramid\u259?. Cele mai r\u259?sp \u238?ndite erau st\u238?ncile trandafirii, \u238?nc\u259?lecate de un bloc pus piezi\u351?; iar peste bloc un altul, \u351?i a\u351?a mai departe, p\u238?n\u25 9? c\u238?nd masa trandafirie devenea o aglomerare de st\u238?nci \u238?n echili bru, izbucnind din fantastica \u238?ncreng\u259?tur\u259? a lianelor din p\u259? dure. Printre st\u238?ncile rozalii erau adeseori \u351?i c\u259?r\u259?ri \u238 ?nguste, \u351?erpuind \u238?n sus. B\u259?ie\u355?ii reu\u351?ir\u259? s\u259? se strecoare de-a lungul lor cu fa\u355?a la st\u238?nc\u259?, p\u259?trunz\u238 ?nd ad\u238?nc \u238?n universul plantelor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cin e-a f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut c\u259?rare\plain \f4 \fs18 a asta?\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Jack se opri \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u351?terse fa\u355?a de sudoar e. Ralph r\u259?mase al\u259?turi, g\u238?f\u238?ind.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Oamenii?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack cl\u259?tin\u259? sceptic din cap. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Animalele, zise el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph cercet\u259? bezna de sub pomi. P\u259?durea vibra subtil.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ascen siunea abrupt\u259? pe tancurile de st\u238?nc\u259? nu se dovedi at\u238?t de g rea ca trecerile ocazionale prin tufi\u351?uri, pentru a da de urma c\u259?r\u25 9?rii \u238?n continuare. R\u259?d\u259?cinile \u351?i tulpinile lianelor erau a t\u238?t de \u238?nc\u238?lcite, \u238?nc\u238?t b\u259?ie\u355?ii trebuiau s\u2 59? se furi\u351?eze printre ele ca ni\u351?te ace flexibile. Singurul lor ghid, \u238?n afar\u259? de solul cafeniu \u351?i de razele \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259?to are prin frunzi\u351?, era direc\u355?ia pantei: dac\u259? o gaur\u259?, de pild \u259?, acoperit\u259? de dantela lianelor era mai sus sau mai jos dec\u238?t o alta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ntr-un fel, reu\u351?ir\u259? s\u259? urce. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Prins \u238?n p\u259?ienjeni\u351?ul lianelor, poate \ u238?n cea mai grea clip\u259?, Ralph se \u238?ntoarse cu ochi str\u259?lucitori spre ceilal\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw

10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?u\ u355?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Meserie!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Mi\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?to!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Greu de ghicit de ce se bucurau. To\u355?i trei se \u238?nfierb\u238?ntaser\u259?, erau murdari \u351?i fr\u238?n\u355?i de oboseal\u259?. Ralph se zg\u238?riase r\u259?u. Lianele, gr oase ca pulpele lor, nu le \u238?ng\u259?duiau s\u259? \u238?nainteze dec\u238?t prin ni\u351?te tunele. Ralph strig\u259? de prob\u259? \u351?i ascultar\u259? cu to\u355?ii ecourile \u238?n\u259?bu\u351?ite.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Asta-i o adev\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rat\u259? explorare, zise Jack. S\u238?nt sigur c\u259? n-a mai c\u259?lcat nimeni pe aici.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Ar trebui s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? desen\u259?m o hart\u259?, propuse Ralph . Ce p\u259?cat c\u259? n-avem h\u238?rtie. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? zg\u238?riem pe coaj\u259? de copac \u351?i s\u 259? umplem dungile cu lut negru, zise Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Privirile lor \u238?nv\u259?p\u259?iate se adunar\u259? din nou, solemn, \u238?n bezn\u25 9?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Meserie!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nu aveau destul loc ca s\u259? stea cu capul \u238?n jos. Ralph \u238?\u351?i exprim\u259 ? de data asta intensitatea emo\u355?iei pref\u259?c\u238?ndu-se c\u259?-l doboa r\u259? pe Simon cu o lovitur\u259?; \u238?n cur\u238?nd, \u238?n penumbr\u259? se v\u259?zu doar un morman de trupuri fericite \u351?i agitate.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd se desp\u259?r\u355?ir\u259?, Ralph vorbi primul:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne vedem de drum.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Granitul trandafiriu al st\u238?nci\plain \f19 \fs18 i urm\u2

59?toare se afla mult dincolo de liane \u351?i de pomi, a\u351?a c\u259? reu.\u3 51?ir\u259? s\u259? urce repede poteca. Drumul \u238?i conduse \u238?n p\u259?du rea tot mai rar\u259? \u351?i \u238?ntrez\u259?rir\u259? \u238?ntinderea m\u259? rii. O dat\u259? cu spa\u355?iul deschis ap\u259?ru \u351?i soarele; le usca sud oarea ce le p\u259?trunsese hainele \u238?n ar\u351?i\u355?a \u238?ntunecat\u259 ? \u351?i umed\u259?. Calea spre v\u238?rf le p\u259?rea, \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351 ?it, un fel de c\u259?\u355?\u259?rare peste st\u238?ncile trandafirii, f\u259?r \u259? s\u259? se mai cufunde \u238?n bezn\u259?. B\u259?ie\u355?ii \u238?\u351? i croir\u259? drumul prin defilee \u351?i printre buc\u259?\u355?ile ascu\u355?i te de st\u238?nc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia uitati-v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?! Ia uita\u355?i-v\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 S\plain \f19 \fs18 us, deasupra acestui cap\u259?t al insulei, st\u238?ncile sf\u259?r\u238?mate s e ridicau ca ni\u351?te cl\u259?i \u351?i co\u351?uri de cas\u259?. Cea de care se sprijinea Jack se mi\u351?ca \u351?i, c\u238?nd o \u238?mpinse, hurui.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pornir\u259? \u238?ns\u259? nu spre v\u238?rf. Asaltul culmii trebuia s\u2 59? mai a\u351?tepte; acum, cei trei b\u259?ie\u355?i acceptaser\u259? o alt\u25 9? provocare. St\u238?nc\u259? era c\u238?t un mic automobil.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mpinge\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S e leg\u259?nar\u259? \u238?nainte \u351?i \u238?napoi, pentru a \u355?ine ritmul .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mpinge\u355?i!\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Accelerarea mi\u351?c\u259?rii de pendul, accelerare, acceler are, ridicare, ap\u259?sare \u238?n punctul final de echilib\plain \f4 \fs18 ru. .. mai tare... mai tare...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u 206?mpinge\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 St\u238?nca uria\u351?\u259? se cl\u 259?tin\u259?, pivot\u259? pe un punct de sprijin, hot\u259?r\u238? s\u259? nu s e \u238?ntoarc\u259?, se balansa \u238?n aer, se desprinse, c\u259?zu, se rostog oli, s\u259?ri \u351?uier\u238?nd prin v\u259?zduh \u351?i sap\u259? o groap\u25 9? ad\u238?nc\u259? prin bolta p\u259?durii. Ecouri \u351?i p\u259?s\u259?ri \u2 38?\u351?i luar\u259? zborul, un praf alb \u351?i roz pluti \u238?n aer, p\u259?

durea de sub ei se zgudui, ca \u351?i cum ar fi trecut prin ea un monstru turbat : apoi insula se lini\u351?ti.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u354?u\u355?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca o bomb\plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 59?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cinci minute nu se clintir\u259? de la locul triumfului, \u238?n cele din urm\u259? \u238?ns \u259?, plecar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mai departe, drumul spre v\u238?r f se dovedi u\u351?or. C\u238?nd mai aveau c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u351?i, Ralph se opri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dumnezeule!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se a flau pe buza unui golf, sau a unei jum\u259?t\u259?\u355?i de golf, \u238?n pere tele muntelui. Locul era plin cu flori albastre, un fel de plante de st\u238?nc\ u259?; vegeta\u355?ia at\u238?rna peste deschiz\u259?tura din st\u238?nc\u259? \ u351?i se r\u259?sp\u238?ndea abundent prin bolta p\u259?durii. Prin aer roiau f luturi, ridic\u238?ndu-se de pe plante, zbur\u238?nd \u351?i a\u351?ez\u238?nduse la loc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Dincolo de golf se z\u259?rea culmea p\u259? tr\u259?\u355?oas\u259? a muntelui \u351?i \u238?n cur\u238?nd ajunser\u259? pe ea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ghiciser\u259? c\u259? era o insul\u259?: tot c\u25 9?\u355?\u259?r\u238?ndu-se printre st\u238?ncile trandafirii, str\u259?juite de mare, \u351?i prin aerul cristalin al \u238?n\u259?l\u355?imilor, \u238?n\u355? eleseser\u259? parc\u259? instinctiv c\u259? marea \u238?i \u238?nconjura. Dar n u voiau s\u259?-\u351?i spun\u259? ultimul cuv\u238?nt dec\u238?t odat\u259? aju n\u351?i \u238?n v\u238?rf, c\u238?nd vor fi avut o perspectiv\u259? panoramic\u 259? asupra m\u259?rii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre cei lal\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tot ce-i aici ne apar\plain \f19 \f s18 \u355?ine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Insula sem\u259?na oarecum cu o barc\u25

9?; coco\u351?at\u259? la un cap\u259?t, cobora \u238?n spate, anevoios, spre \u 355?\u259?rm. De ambele p\u259?r\u355?i \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? st\plain \f4 \ fs18 \u238?nci, recife, v\u238?r\plain \f19 \fs18 furi de pomi \u351?i o costi\u 351?\u259? abrupt\u259?; \u238?naintea lor, \u238?n lungimea b\u259?rcii, o cobo r\u238?re mai domoal\u259?, \u238?mbr\u259?cat\u259? de pomi \u351?i cu sclipiri trandafirii, apoi \u238?ntinderea plat\u259? a junglei din insul\u259?, de un v erde intens, dar termina la la cap\u259?t printr-o coad\u259? trandafirie, \u238 ?n locul unde insula p\u259?trundea \u238?n mare se g\u259?sea o alta; o st\u238 ?nc\u259? aproape izolat\u259?, ca un fort, \u238?nfrunt\u238?ndu-i peste frunzi \u351? asemenea unui bastion rozaliu \u351?i \u238?ndr\u259?zne\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii cercetar\u259? totul, apoi se uitar\u259? \u23 8?n largul m\u259?rii. Erau sus de tot, iar dup\u259?-amiaza trecuse de mult; mi rajele nu r\u259?peau perspectivei nimic din limpezimea ei.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Uite un recif. Un recif de coral. Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut p oze cu st\u238?nci de-astea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Reciful situat cam la un k ilometru dep\u259?rtare, \u351?i merg\u238?nd paralel cu a\u351?a-zisa lor plaj\ u259?, \u238?ngr\u259?dea mai multe laturi ale insulei. A\u351?a cum se ivea sch i\u355?at pe mare, p\u259?rea opera unui uria\u351? care se aplecase pentru a re produce forma insulei, tr\u259?g\u238?nd o linie continu\u259? cu creta, dar obo sind \u238?nainte de-a fi terminat. Apa din golf era albastru-verzuie, iar st\u2 38?ncile \u351?i plantele marine se vedeau ca \u238?ntr-un acvariu; dincolo de b r\u238?ul de recife lucea albastrul \u238?ntunecat al m\u259?rii. Fluxul \u238?n ainta, d\u238?re lungi de spum\u259? se sp\u259?rgeau de st\u238?nci \u351?i, pe ntru o clip\u259?, b\u259?ie\u355?ii sim\u355?ir\u259? c\u259? barca se mi\u351? ca \u238?ncet la pupa.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ar\u259?t\u259? \u238?n jos .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite unde \plain \f4 \fs18 am aterizat.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n spatele pr\u259?p\u259?stiilor \u351?i al st\u238?nc ilor se deschidea o sp\u259?rtur\u259? printre pomi; trunchiuri zdrobite, apoi b razda, l\u259?s\u238?nd \u238?ntre ea \u351?i mare franjuri de palmieri. Tot aco lo, \u238?nfipt\u259? \u238?n lagun\u259?, era \u351?i platforma al\u259?turi de care se foiau ca ni\u351?te inse\plain \f4 \fs18 cte siluetele copiilor.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph schi\u355?\u259? cu degetul o linie \u351?erpuitoare, p ornind din locul sterp unde st\u259?teau, pe pant\u259?, \u238?n josul defileulu i, printre flori, ocolind \u238?n cercuri st\u238?nc\u259? de la care pornea bra zda.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u258?sta-i drumul cel m ai scurt \u238?napoi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr

w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cu ochii str\u259?lucitori, cu gu rile deschise, triumf\u259?tori, savurau dreptul de a domina. Se sim\u355?eau \u 238?n\u259?l\u355?a\u355?i: erau prieteni.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu v \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?d nici o d\u238?r\u259? de fum de la vreun sat, sau vreo barc\u259?, remarc\u259? Ralph. O s\u259? ne asigur\u259?m mai t\u238?rziu; dar nu cred c\u259? insula-i locuit\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s-ave m\plain \f19 \fs18 ce m\u238?nca! strig\u259? Jack. O s\u259? v\u238?n\u259?m! O s\u259? prindem animale... p\u238?n-au s\u259? vin\u259? s\u259? ne ia de-aici .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon \u238?i privi t\u259?cut, d\u259?du din cap, ia r p\u259?rul negru \u238?i c\u259?zu pe frunte \u351?i pe ceaf\u259?; fa\u355?a \u238?i str\u259?lucea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se uit\u259? \u238?n jos, \u238?n direc\u355?ia opus\u259?, unde nu se vedea nic\plain \f4 \fs18 i un rec if.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E mai abrupt, zise Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i f\u259?cu palmele c\u259?u\u351?.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Buc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?\u355?ica aia de p\u259?dure de acolo, de jos... o \u355?ine muntele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fiecare loc vizibil de p e munte era \u238?mp\u259?durit \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? doar flori \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i pomi. P\u259?durea frem\u259?ta, mugi \u351?i plesni ca un bici. Florile de st\u238?nc\u259? din apropiere tres\u259?rir\u259? \u351?i briza adus e o clip\u259? r\u259?coarea pe fe\u355?ele lor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Totul ne apar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?ine, spuse Ralph \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u 238?ntinse bra\u355?ele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u238?ser\u259?, f\u259?cur\u 259? salturi \u351?i urlar\u259? pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mi-e foame!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \

brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd Simon pomeni c\u259? \u238?i era foam e, \u238?\u351?i d\u259?dur\u259? seama c\u259? \u351?i lor le era\plain \f4 \fs 18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i, zise Ralph , am aflat ce voiam.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cobor\u238?r\u259? pe o costi\u351 ?\u259? de st\u238?nc\u259?, c\u259?zur\u259? printre flori \u351?i \u238?\u351? i croir\u259? drum pe sub pomi. Se oprir\u259? \u351?i cercetar\u259? curio\u351 ?i desi\u351?urile dimprejur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Simon vorbi primul.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Parc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? s\u238?nt ni\u351?te lum \u238?n\u259?ri. Tufi\u351?uri de lum\u238?nare. Mu\plain \f4 \fs18 guri de lum\ u238?nare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Erau tufi\u351?uri de tuia \u238?ntunecate \ u351?i frumos mirositoare, iar mugurii, de un verde ca ceara, st\u259?teau str\u 238?n\u351?i la lumin\u259?. Jack spintec\u259? unul cu briceagul \u351?i zeama \u238?i \u238?mpro\u351?c\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Muguri de lum\ plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i po\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i aprinde, zise Ralph. Doar seam\u259?n\u259? cu lum\u238?n\u259?ril e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt lumin\u259?ri ve rzi, spuse Jack dispre\u355?uitor, nu le putem m\u238?nca. Haide\u355?i.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se aflau la marginea p\u259?durii dese \u351?i p\u259?\u351?ea u obosi\u355?i pe o potec\u259?, c\u238?nd deodat\u259? auzir\u259? zgomote \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? gui\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?\u259?turi \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i zgomotul sacadat al unor copite pe o potec\u259? . Pe c\u238?nd \u238?naintau, gui\u355?\u259?turile crescur\u259?, devenind disp erate. G\u259?sir\u259? un purcelu\u351? prins \u238?ntr-o plas\u259? de liane, zb\u259?t\u238?ndu-se, prad\u259? unei spaime demente, ca s\u259? ias\u259? din plasa elastic\u259?. Gui\u355?a sub\u355?ire, foarte ascu\u355?it \u351?i insist ent. Cei trei b\u259?ie\u355?i se repezir\u259?, iar Jack \u238?\u351?i scoase c u\u355?itul cu un gest larg. Ridic\u259? bra\u355?ul. Urm\u259? o t\u259?cere sc urt\u259? dup\u259? care porcul continu\u259? s\u259? gui\u355?e, lianele contin uar\u259? s\u259? se smuceasc\u259?, iar lama continu\u259? s\u259? str\u259?luc easc\u259? la cap\u259?tul bra\u355?ului osos. Pauza dur\u259? at\u238?t c\u238? t animalul s\u259? priceap\u259? ce \u238?ngrozitoare va fi lovitura ce i se pre g\u259?tea. Apoi purcelu\u351?ul se smulse dintre liane \u351?i o zbughi prin tu

fi\u351?uri. B\u259?ie\u355?ii se uitar\u259? unii la al\u355?ii, iar apoi la lo cul dramei. Jack p\u259?lise sub pistrui. D\u238?ndu-\u351?i seama c\u259? \u355 ?inea \u238?nc\u259? \u238?n aer cu\u355?itul, \u238?\u351?i cobor\u238? bra\u35 5?ul \u351?i v\u238?r\u238? lama la loc \u238?n teac\u259?. Ru\u351?ina\u355?i, izbucnir\u259? to\u355?i trei \u238?n hohote de r\u238?s \u351?i pornir\u259? s\ u259? coboare \u238?napoi pe potec\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Alege am locul, zise Jack. A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?teptam s\u259? m\u259? hot\u259?r\ u259?sc unde s\u259?-l \u238?mpung.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Porcii se \ plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?njunghie, nu se \u238?mpung, \u238?l corect\u259? Ralph v iolent. Se spune \u238?ntot\plain \f4 \fs18 deauna \u238?njunghiatul unui porc.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l \u238?n\u355?epi \u23 8?n grumaz \u351?i la\u351?i s\u259? se scurg\u259? s\u238?ngele, zise Jack, alt fel nu po\u355?i m\u238?nca din carnea lui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De ce n-ai...?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?tiau cu to\u355?ii motivul pentru car e Jack nu lovise: din pricina spaimei imense st\u238?rnite de cu\u355?itul ce co bora \u351?i avea s\u259? taie \u238?n carne vie; din pricina s\u238?ngelui de n esuportat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eram gata, zise Jack.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mergea \u238?naintea lor \u351?i nu-i vedeau chipul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Alegeam locul. Data viitoare...!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206 ?\u351?i smulse cu\u355?itul din teac\u259? \u351?i-l \u238?nfipse \u238?ntr-un pom. Data viitoare avea s\u259? fie f\u259?r\u259? mil\u259?. Se uit\u259? \u238 ?mprejur fioros, sfid\u238?ndu-i s\u259?-l contrazic\u259?. Ie\u351?ir\u259? la lumina soarelui, se apucar\u259? s\u259? caute \u351?i s\u259? devoreze hrana, a poi \u238?naintar\u259? pe brazd\u259? spre platform\u259? \u351?i spre adunarea b\u259?ie\u355?ilor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1

0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 II\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Focul de pe munte\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nici nu apuc\u259? Ralph s\u259? termine cu suflatul \u238?n cochilie, c\u259? platforma se \u351?i umpl u, \u238?ntrunirea de acum se deosebea de cea de diminea\u355?\u259?. Soarele du p\u259?-amiezei c\u259?dea piezi\u351? de pe cealalt\u259? parte a platformei \u 351?i majoritatea copiilor, sim\u355?ind prea t\u238?rziu arsura razelor, \u238? \u351?i puseser\u259? hainele. B\u259?ie\u355?ii din cor, care nu mai formau un grup compact, \u238?\u351?i scoseser\u259? pelerinele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph st\u259?tea pe un trunchi pr\u259?bu\u351?it, cu partea st\u238?ng\u259? a trupului la soare. La dreapta lui se g\u259?sea grosul corului; la st\u238?ng\u 259? b\u259?ie\u355?ii mai mari, care nu se cunoscuser\u259? \u238?nainte de eva cuare; \u238?n fa\u355?\u259?, pe iarb\u259?, se ghemuiau \u355?\u238?ncii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 T\u259?cere. Ralph ridic\u259? pe genunchi scoica trandafir iu-g\u259?lbuie \u351?i o briz\u259? brusc\u259? \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tie lumin\ u259? pe platform\u259?. Nu era decis dac\u259? s\u259? se ridice sau s\u259? r\ u259?m\u238?n\u259? jos. Se uit\u259? la st\u238?nga, spre bazin. Piggy st\u259? tea al\u259?turi, dar\plain \f4 \fs18 nu-l ajuta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralp h \u238?\u351?i drese glasul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u351?a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? putea s\u259? vorbeasc\u259? fluent \u351?i s\u259? le spun\u259? ce-avea de spus. \u2 06?\u351?i trecu m\u238?na prin p\u259?rul blond \u351?i vorbi:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntem pe o insul\u259?. Ne-am suit pe v \u238?rful muntelui \u351?i-am v\u259?zut ap\u259? de jur \u238?mprejur. N-am v\ u259?zut nici case, nici fum, nici urme de pa\u351?i, nici b\u259?rci \u351?i ni ci oameni. S\u238?ntem pe o insul\u259? nelocuit\u259?, f\u259?r\u259? al\u355?i oameni pe ea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cu toate astea, e nevoie de o ar

mat\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?... ca s\u259? v\u238?n\u259?m, \u238?l \u238?ntrerup se Jack. Ca s\u259? v\u238?n\u259?m porci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da . S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt porci pe insul\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 To\ u355?i trei \u238?ncercar\u259? s\u259? descrie animalul roz ce se zb\u259?tuse \u238?n liane.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut. ..\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gui\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?a...\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A sc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?pat...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?nainte de a-l putea omor\u238?... dar... data vi itoare!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?nfipse cu\u355?itul \u238?ntr-un tru nchi \u351?i se uit\u259? \u238?n jur provocator.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206 ?ntrunirea se lini\u351?ti.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a c\u259?, vede\u355?i, zise Ralph, avem nevoie de v\u238?n\u259?tori ca s \u259? facem rost de carne. \u350?i mai e ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ridic\u 259? scoica de pe genunchi \u351?i se uit\u259? la fe\u355?ele v\u259?rgate de s oare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu exist\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nici un om mare. Va trebui s-avem singuri grij\u259? de noi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u 206?ntrunirea murmur\u259?, apoi t\u259?cu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i \u238?nc\u259? un lucru. Nu se poate s\u259? vorbim to\u3 55?i odat\u259?. Va trebui s\u259? ridic\u259?m m\u238?na, ca la \u351?coal\u259 ?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn

one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?inu scoica \u238?n fa\u355?\u259? \u351?i se u it\u259? la gura ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u25 9?-i dau cochilia celui care vorbe\u351?te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Coc hilia?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a se cheam\u259 ? scoica. Am s\u259?-i dau cochilia primului care vorbe\u351?te. S-o \u355?in\u2 59? c\u238?nd vorbe\u351?te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar...\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ascult\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i nu-l va \u238?ntrerupe nimeni. Doar eu.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ridic\u259? \u238?n picioare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? facem reguli! strig\u259? el nervos. O groa z\u259? de reguli! Iar dac\u259? le \u238?ncalc\u259? cineva...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Ura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?u \u355?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Bang!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Bong!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph sim\u355?i c\u259? i se ia scoica din poal\ u259?. Piggy, \u238?n picioare, str\u238?nse la piept marea cochilie g\u259?lbui e \u351?i strig\u259?tele se stinser\u259?. Jack r\u259?mase \u238?n picioare, s e uit\u259? nesigur la Ralph, care \u238?i z\u238?mbi, \u351?i m\u238?ng\u238?ie bu\u351?teanul. Jack se a\u351?ez\u259?. Piggy \u238?\u351?i scoase ochelarii \ u351?i clipi des, \u238?n timp ce-i \u351?tergea de c\u259?ma\u351?\u259?.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw

10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l \u238?ncurca\u355?i pe Ral ph. Nu-l l\u259?sa\u355?i s\u259? ajung\u259? la lucrul cel mai important.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntrerupse pentru a urm\u259?ri efectul.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tie c\u259? s\u238?ntem aici? Ia spune\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Se \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti e la aeroport.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ala cu trompeta...\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? T\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?ticu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pigg y \u238?\u351?i puse ochelarii\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Nimeni nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tie unde s\u238?ntem, zise Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f19 \fs18 Era mai palid dec\u238?t \u238?nainte \u351?i se emo\u355?ionase. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u351?tiau und e mergem; dar poate c\u259? nu. \u350?i nu \u351?tiu unde s\u238?ntem, fiindc\u2 59? n-am ajuns la destina\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i urm\u259?ri o clip\u259? cu ochi mari, apoi se r\u259?suci pe c\u259?lc\u238?ie \u351?i se a \u351?ez\u259?. Ralph \u238?i lu\u259? cochilia din m\u238?n\u259?.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asta voiam \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i eu s\u259? spun, conti nu\u259? el, c\u238?nd voi to\u355?i, voi to\u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? la fe\u355?ele lor atente.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Avionul a fost dobor\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t de tir \u351?i s-a pr\u259?bu\u351?it \u2

38?n fl\u259?c\u259?ri. Nimeni nu \u351?tie unde s\u238?ntem. Am putea s\u259? r \u259?m\u238?nem aici vreme \u238?ndelungat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 T\u2 59?cerea era at\u238?t de des\u259?v\u238?r\u351?it\u259?, \u238?nc\u238?t auzea u g\u238?f\u238?iturile lui Piggy. Soarele se strecur\u259? \u351?i se a\u351?te rnu auriu pe jum\u259?tate din platform\u259?. Briza care se \u355?inuse scai de ei pe lagun\u259?, ca o pisicu\u355?\u259?, se furi\u351?\u259? pe platform\u25 9? \u351?i se pierdu \u238?n p\u259?dure. Ralph d\u259?du \u238?n l\u259?turi sm ocul de p\u259?r blond care \u238?i at\u238?rna pe frunte.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a c\u259? s-ar putea s\u259? r\u259?m\u238? nem aici vreme \u238?ndelungat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 T\u259?cere. Deod at\u259?, Ralph z\u238?mbi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntem \u238?ns\u259? pe o insul\u259? bun\u259?. Jack, Simon \u351?i cu min e ne-am c\u259?\u355?\u259?rat pe munte. E grozav. Am g\u259?sit hran\u259? \u35 1?i b\u259?utur\u259? \u351?i... \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? St\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i fl ori albastre...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy, revenindu-\u351?i oarecum, ar\u2 59?t\u259? spre cochilia din m\u238?inile lui Ralph, iar Jack \u351?i Simon t\u2 59?cur\u259?. Ralph continu\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259? tot trebuie s\u259? a\u351?tept\u259?m, ne-am putea distra pe in sul\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 F\u259?cu un gest larg.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? E ca \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntr-o carte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S e isc\u259? h\u259?rm\u259?laie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Comoara din in sul\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn

one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? R\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u238?ndunici \u351?i amazoane...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Insula cor alilor...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph scutur\u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? E insula noastr\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. E o insul\u259? bun\u2 59?. P\u238?n\u259? vin oamenii mari s\u259? ne ia de-aici, ne putem distra.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?ntinse m\u238?na dup\u259? cochilie.\plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?i porc i, zise el. Si hran\u259?; \u351?i ap\u259? \u238?n care s\u259? ne sc\u259?ld\u 259?m, \u238?n r\u238?ule\u355?ul de colo \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? tot ce vrei. A mai descoperit cineva ceva?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i d\u259?du \u238? napoi cochilia lui Ralph \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259?. Se p\u259?rea c\u259? nimen i nu mai descoperise altceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii mai mar i \u238?l observar\u259? primii pe b\u259?ie\u355?elul care se opunea. Un grup d e copii mici \u238?l \u238?mpingeau, iar el nu voia s\u259? \u238?nainteze. Un n ichipercea de vreo \u351?ase ani, care pe o parte a fe\u355?ei avea o pat\u259?, un semn din na\u351?tere, de culoarea dudei. St\u259?tea \u238?n picioare, sc\u 259?ldat de lumina violent\u259? a aten\u355?iei generale; scurma \u238?n iarba aspr\u259? cu degetul mare de la picior. Bomb\u259?nea \u351?i era gata s\u259? izbucneasc\u259? \u238?n pl\u238?ns.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i b\u2 59?ie\u355?ei, care \u351?opteau, dar erau serio\u351?i, \u238?l \u238?mpinser\u 259? spre Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine, zise Ralph, haide , apropie-te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?elul se uit\u259? \u238?mp rejur, cuprins de panic\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vorbe\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl

mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?elul \u238?ntinse m\u23 8?na dup\u259? cochilie, iar adunarea hohoti; \u238?\u351?i retrase brusc m\u238 ?inile \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259? pl\u238?ng\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Da\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-i cochilia! strig\u259? Piggy. Da\u355?i-i coc hilia!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, Ralph \u238?l convin se s\u259? \u355?in\u259? scoica, dar \u238?ntre timp hohotele \u238?i curmaser\ u259? b\u259?ie\u355?elului vocea. Piggy \u238?ngenunche al\u259?turi de el cu s coica \u238?ntr-o m\u238?n\u259?, ascult\u238?nd \u351?i traduc\u238?nd adun\u25 9?rii cele auzite.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vrea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u25 9? \u351?tie ce-ave\u355?i de g\u238?nd cu \u351?arpele \u259?la.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph r\u238?se, iar ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i \u238?l imitar\u2 59?. B\u259?ie\u355?elul se ghemui \u351?i mai mult.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Care \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?arpe?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Spune c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? exist\u259? o fiar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? O fiar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca un \pla in \f19 \fs18 \u351?arpe. Foarte mare. A v\u259?zut-o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n p\u259? dure.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Briza r\u259?t\u259?citoare, sau poate apusul soa relui, strecur\u259? ni\u355?ic\u259? r\u259?coare pe sub pomi. B\u259?ie\u355?i i o sim\u355?ir\u259? \u351?i se foir\u259? stingheri\u355?\plain \f4 \fs18 i.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu exist\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nici o fiar\u25 9? \u351?i nici un \u351?arpe pe o insul\u259? ca asta, explic\u259? Ralph priet enos. Nu tr\u259?iesc dec\u238?t \u238?n \u355?\u259?rile mari, ca Africa sau In dia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn

one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Murmure; capetele confirmar\u259? printr-o mi\u351 ?care grav\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Zice c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? fiara a venit pe \u238?ntuneric.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Atunci n-a p utut s\plain \f19 \fs18 -o vad\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u238?sete \u351 ?i strig\u259?te de bucurie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i auzit? Zice c-a v\u259?zut-o pe \u238?ntuneric...\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Sus\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?ine cu \u238?nc\u259?p\u259?\u355?\u238?n are c-a v\u259?zut-o. Fiara a venit \u351?i pe urm\u259? a plecat, s-a \u238?nto rs \u351?i-a vrut s\u259?-l m\u259?n\u238?nce...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? A visat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph r\u238?se \u351?i se uit\u259? \u238?m prejur, a\u351?tept\u238?nd confirmarea din partea b\u259?ie\u355?ilor. Cei mai mari fur\u259? de acord; dar ici \u351?i colo, printre \u355?\u238?nci, st\u259? ruia o ne\u238?ncredere care trebuia risipit\u259? altfel dec\u238?t prin asigur \u259?ri ra\u355?ionale.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Probabil c-a visat ur\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t, dup\u259? ce s-a tot opintit printre lianele alea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aprobar\u259? din nou grav; auziser\u259? de co\u351?marur i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Zice c-a v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut fiara, \u351?arpele \u259?la, \u351?i vrea s\u259? \u351?tie dac\u259? o s\u259? se \u 238?ntoarc\u259? din nou ast\u259?-sear\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da' nu-i nici o fiar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Zice c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? diminea\u355?a s-a transformat \u238?ntr-o lian\u 259?, una de-aia din pomi, groas\u259? ca fr\u238?nghia \u351?i care at\u238?rn\

u259? de pe ramuri, \u238?ntreab\u259? dac\u259? o s\u259? se mai \u238?ntoarc\u 259? ast\u259?-sear\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da' nu-i nici o fiar \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nu mai r\u238?dea nimeni, to\ u355?i urm\u259?reau discu\u355?ia cu un aer grav. Ralph \u238?\u351?i trecu m\u 238?inile prin p\u259?r \u351?i se uit\u259? la b\u259?ie\u355?el amuzat, dar \u 351?i enervat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack lu\u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph \plain \f19 \fs18 are dreptate, fire\u351?te. Nu-i nici u n \u351?arpe. Chiar dac-ar fi, o s\u259?-l v\u238?n\u259?m \u351?i-o s\u259?-l o mor\u238?m. O s\u259? v\u238?n\u259?m porci \u351?i-o s-avem carne pentru to\u35 5?i. \u350?i-o s\u259? ne uit\u259?m \u351?i dup\u259? \u351?arpe...\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da' nu-i nici un \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?arpe!\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vedem c\u238?nd o s\u259? merg em la v\u238?n\u259?toare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se ener\plain \f19 \fs1 8 v\u259? \u351?i, pentru o clip\u259?, se sim\u355?i \u238?nvins. P\u259?rea co nfruntat cu un lucru intangibil. Din ochii care \u238?l priveau at\u238?t de con centrat disp\u259?ruse orice veselie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da' nu-i nici o fiar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O for\u355?\u259? de care nu fusese con\u351?tient \u238?l \u238?mboldi s\u259? declare din nou r\ u259?spicat:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? V\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun c\u 259? nu-i nici o fiar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Adunarea t\u259?cea.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ridic\u259? din nou cochilia \u351?i buna dispozi\u355 ?ie \u238?i reveni c\u238?nd se g\u238?ndi la ce avea s\u259? le spun\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b

rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ajungem acum la lucrul cel mai important. M-am g\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ndit. M-am g\u238?ndit la el \u238?n timp ce ne c\u259?\u3 55?\u259?ram pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Le arunc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? celorlal\u355?i doi un z\u238?mbet larg \u351?i complice.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i chiar acum pe plaj\u259?. Uite la ce m-am g \u238?ndit. Trebuie s\u259? ne distr\u259?m. \u350?i trebuie s\u259? fim salva\u 355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Strig\u259?tele aprobatoare ale adun\u259?rii \u 238?l lovir\u259? ca un val \u351?i \u238?\u351?i pierdu \u351?irul. Se g\u238?n di din nou.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? f im salva\u355?i; \u351?i, fire\u351?te, vom fi salva\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Bomb\u259?nituri. Simpla afirma\u355?ie, nesprijinit\u259? de vreo dovad\u 259?, ci doar de greutatea noii autorit\u259?\u355?i a lui Ralph, st\u238?rni u\ u351?urare \u351?i veselie. Trebui s\u259? scuture cochilia \u238?nainte de a se face auzit. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tat\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?l meu e \u238?n marin\u259?. A zis c\u259? nu mai exist\u259? nici o insul\u259? necun oscut\u259?. Zice c\u259? regina are o camer\u259? mare, plin\u259? de h\u259?r\ u355?i, pe care s\u238?nt desenate toate insulele din lume. A\u351?a c\u259? are \u351?i o fotografie a insulei \u259?steia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Din nou ve selie \u351?i bun\u259? dispozi\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i, \u238?ntr-o bun\u259? zi, au s\u259? trimit\u259? aici un v apor. S-ar putea s\u259? fie chiar vaporul lui t\u259?ticu. A\u351?a c\u259? ved e\u355?i, \u238?ntr-o bun\u259? zi tot o s\u259? fim salva\u355?i.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri, \u238?nc\u238?ntat de concluzie. Adunarea se sim\u355?i mai \u238?n siguran\u355?\u259? \u238?n urma cuvintelor lui. Acum \u355?ineau la el \u351?i \u238?l respectau. Izbucnir\u259? \u238?n aplauze \u351?i \u238?n cur\u 238?nd platforma r\u259?suna de zgomotul lor. Ralph ro\u351?i, se uit\u259? \u23 8?ntr-o parte la Piggy, care plesnea de admira\u355?ie, \u351?i apoi \u238?n cea lalt\u259? la Jack, care r\u238?njea, ar\u259?t\u238?nd c\u259? \u351?i el \u351 ?tia s\u259? bat\u259? din palme.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph scutur\u259? co

chilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? T\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?ce\u355?i! A\u 351?tepta\u355?i! Asculta\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Continu\u259? \u238?n t\u259?cere, purtat de propriul triumf.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai e ceva. S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i ajut\u259?m s\u259? ne g\u259?seasc\u259?. Dac \u259? se apropie un vapor de insul\u259?, poate c\u259? n-o s\u259? ne observe. A\u351?a c\u259? trebuie s\u259? facem fum pe v\u238?rful muntelui! S\u259? apr indem un foc!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Un foc! S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aprindem un\plain \f4 \fs18 foc!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 To\u355?i b\u259?ie\ u355?ii se ridicar\u259? brusc \u238?n picioare. Jack r\u259?cnea printre ei, ui t\u238?nd de cochilie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u355?i! Dup\u259? mine!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pe sub palmieri se st\u238?rni un zgomot care anun\u355?\u259? fojg\u259?iala. Ralph se sculase \u351?i el, \u3 55?ip\u238?nd s\u259? se fac\u259? lini\u351?te, dar f\u259?r\u259? s\u259?-l au d\u259? cineva. Gloata se \u238?ndrept\u259? deodat\u259? spre \u238?n\u259?l\u3 55?imile insulei \u351?i disp\u259?ru \u238?n urma lui Jack. Chiar \u351?i \u355 ?\u238?ncii plecar\u259?, croindu-\u351?i drum printre frunzele \u351?i cr\u259? cile rupte. Nu r\u259?maser\u259? dec\u238?t Ralph, cu cochilia \u238?n m\u238?n \u259?, \u351?i Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?\u351?i reg\u259?sis e r\u259?suflarea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?\ u238?nci! zise el dispre\u355?uitor. Se poart\u259? ca ni\u351?te \u355?\u238?nc i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?l privi b\u259?nuitor \u351?i l\u259?s\u 259? cochilia pe trunchiul unui copac.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt sigur c-a trecut ora ceaiului, zise Piggy. Ce-\u351?i \u238? nchipuie c-au s\u259? fac\u259? pe muntele \u259?la? \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 M

\u238?ng\u238?ie cu respect scoica, apoi se opri \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u238?n\u 259?l\u355?\u259? privirea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph! Ei! Unde te duci?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?nainta din greu peste primele valuri ale brazdei. Departe, \u238?naintea lui, r\u259?sunau trosnituri \u351?i r\u238? sete. Piggy \u238?l privi dezgustat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca ni\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u351?te \u355?\u238?nci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Suspin\u259?, se aplec\u259? \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u238?nnod\u259? \u351?ireturile. Zgomotul adun\u259?rii \u238?n mi\u351?care se pierdu pe munte. Apoi, cu expresia de mart ir a unui tat\u259? pus s\u259? \u238?ndure scr\u238?ntelile copiilor, lu\u259? cochilia, se \u238?ndrept\u259? spre p\u259?dure \u351?i trecu peste brazd\u259? .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ul \fs18 Sub cealalt\u259? parte a v\u238?rfului muntelui se afla o platform\u259? \u238 ?mp\u259?durit\u259?. Ralph se trezi din nou c\u259? repet\u259? gestul de a-\u3 51?i face m\u238?inile c\u259?u\u351?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite, ac olo jos avem lemne de foc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?i d\u259?du drept ate \u351?i se trase de buza inferioar\u259?. Cam la treizeci de metri mai jos d e ei, pe peretele mai abrupt al muntelui, platforma p\u259?rea locul ideal pentr u ob\u355?inerea combustibilului. Pomii, sub ar\u351?i\u355?a umed\u259?, nu ave au destul p\u259?m\u238?nt ca s\u259? creasc\u259?, se pr\u259?bu\u351?eau prema tur \u351?i putrezeau; lianele \u238?i cotropeau, dar alte vl\u259?stare c\u259? utau s\u259? ias\u259? la lumin\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se \u238?nt oarse spre corul gata s\u259?-i execute ordinele. Sepcile lor negre, simbolice, le alunecaser\u259? pe ureche, ca ni\u351?te berete.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? facem un morman de vreascuri. Haide\u355?i!\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb

pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 G\u259?sir\u259? o potec\u259? potrivit\u259? \u351?i \u2 38?ncepur\u259? s\u259? trag\u259? de vreascuri. P\u238?n\u259? \u351?i copiii c are ajunseser\u259? \u238?n v\u238?rf \u238?\u351?i d\u259?dur\u259? drumul la v ale, apuc\u238?ndu-se cu to\u355?ii de treab\u259?. Doar Piggy nu muncea. Aproap e toate vreascurile erau at\u238?t de putrede, \u238?nc\u238?t c\u238?nd tr\u259 ?geai de ele se rupeau, st\u238?rnind un nor de a\u351?chii, de viermi \u351?i d e putreziciuni; c\u238?teva trunchiuri ie\u351?ir\u259? \u238?ns\u259? \u238?ntr egi. Gemenii Sam \u351?i Eric fur\u259? primii care g\u259?sir\u259? un bu\u351? tean bun, dar nu reu\u351?ir\u259? s\u259?-l scoat\u259? p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?n d Ralph, Jack, Simon, Roger \u351?i Maurice nu-l apucar\u259? \u351?i ei.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncetul cu \u238?ncetul, traser\u259? lemnul mort \u351? i grotesc pe st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i \u238?l rostogolir\u259? peste ea. Fiecare grup de b\u259?ie\u355?i \u238?\u351?i aduse contribu\u355?ia, mare sau mic\u25 9?, \u351?i mormanul de vreascuri crescu. La \u238?ntoarcere, Ralph se trezi c\u 259? duce un bu\u351?tean \u238?mpreun\u259? cu Jack \u351?i \u238?\u351?i z\u23 8?mbir\u259?, \u238?mp\u259?r\u355?ind greutatea. Din nou, prin briz\u259?, prin strig\u259?te \u351?i printre razele piezi\u351?e ale soarelui se r\u259?sp\u23 8?ndi acea splendoare, acea stranie \u351?i nev\u259?zut\u259? lumin\u259? a pri eteniei, a aventurii \u351?i a mul\u355?umirii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ngrozitor de greu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu pentru noi doi, zise Jack \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i \u238?i \u238?ntoarse z\u23 8?mbetul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mpreun\u259?, unindu-\u351?i eforturile sub povar\u259?, \u238?naintar\u259? din greu pe ultima parte abrupt\u259? a mu ntelui. Intonar\u259?: Unu! Doi! Trei! \u351?i zv\u238?rlir\u259? bu\u351?teanul peste mormanul uria\u351? de cr\u259?ci. Apoi se d\u259?dur\u259? \u238?napoi, r\u238?z\u238?nd cu mare chef, iar Ralph st\u259?tu \u238?n m\u238?ini. Mai jos, pe munte, b\u259?ie\u355?ii \u238?nc\u259? munceau, de\u351?i unii dintre cei m ici pierduser\u259? interesul \u351?i c\u259?utau fructe prin noua p\u259?dure. Gemenii, cu o inteligen\u355?\u259? neb\u259?nuit\u259?, urcar\u259? muntele cu bra\u355?ele pline de frunze uscate \u351?i le aruncar\u259? peste morman. R\u23 8?nd pe r\u238?nd, d\u238?ndu-\u351?i seama c\u259? mormanul crescuse destul, b\ u259?ie\u355?ii \u238?ncetar\u259? s\u259? plece dup\u259? vreascuri \u351?i r\u 259?maser\u259? \u238?nconjura\u355?i de v\u238?rfurile trandafirii \u351?i zdro bite ale muntelui. Respirau regulat \u351?i transpira\u355?ia li se zv\u238?ntas e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u351?i Jack se privir\u259?, \u238?n timp ce restul de b\u259?ie\u355?i se odihneau al\u259?turi, \u238?i cuprinse treptat un sentiment de ru\u351?ine \u351?i nu \u351?tiau cum s\u259?-\u351?i \u238?nceap\ u259? m\u259?rturisirile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralp\plain \f19 \fs18 h vorbi primul, ro\u351?u la fa\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vrei?\par

\pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i drese glasul \u351?i continu\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vrei s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aprinzi focul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f19 \fs18 Acum, c\u238?nd absurditatea situa\u355?iei devenise limpede, Jac k ro\u351?i \u351?i el. \u206?ncepu s\u259? se b\u238?lb\u238?ie.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Freci dou\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? be\u355?i\u351?oare. Le fre ci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i arunc\u259? o privire lui Ralph, care \u2 38?\u351?i m\u259?rturisi confuz incompeten\u355?a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Are cineva chibrituri?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Faci un arc \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i \u238?nv\u238?rte\u351?ti s\u259?geata, zise Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i frec\u259? m\u238?inile, imit\u238?nd mi\u351?care a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pssst! Pssst!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Deasu pra muntelui sufla slab briza. Piggy se apropie, \u238?mbr\u259?cat \u238?n pant aloni scur\u355?i \u351?i c\u259?ma\u351?\u259?; ie\u351?i cu greu \u351?i atent din p\u259?dure, \u238?n timp ce lumina soarelui de sear\u259? i se reflecta pe ochelari. \u354?inea cochilia sub bra\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? P iggy, ai cumva chibrituri? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i strig\u259? Ralph.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i reluar\u259? strig\u259?tul p\u2 38?n\u259? c\u238?nd tot muntele vui. Piggy cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap \u351?i s\ plain \f4 \fs18 e apropie de mormanul de vreascuri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Dumnezeule! Ce mai morman!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr

none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ar\u259?t\u259? br usc cu m\u238?na.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ochelarii lui \u8213? s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i folosim ca lupe!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l \u238?nco njurar\u259? mai \u238?nainte ca Piggy s\u259? poat\u259? da \u238?napoi.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hei, l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sa\u355?i-m\u259? \u238 ?n pace!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Scoase un urlet de groaz\u259? c\u238?nd Jack \u238?i smul\plain \f4 \fs18 se ochelarii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ave\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i grij\u259?! Da\u355?i-mi-i \u238?napoi! De-abia mai v\u 259?d! O s\u259? sparge\u355?i cochilia!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?l \u238?mpinse cu cotul \u351?i \u238?ngenunche l\u238?ng\u259? morman.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? La o parte din lumin\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se \u238?mpingeau \u351?i se tr\u259?geau, oferi nd o m\u238?n\u259? de ajutor. Ralph mi\u351?c\u259? ochelarii \u238?nainte \u35 1?i \u238?napoi, dintr-o parte \u238?ntr-alta, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd imaginea alb\u259? \u351?i lucioas\u259? a soarelui \u238?n asfin\u355?it se a\u351?tern u pe o bucat\u259? de lemn putred. Aproape imediat, un fir sub\u355?ire de fum s e \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? \u351?i \u238?l f\u259?cu s\u259? tu\u351?easc\u259 ?. Jack \u238?ngenunche \u351?i el \u351?i sufl\u259? \u238?ncet, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd fumul se \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tie, se \u238?ngro\u351?\u259? \u351?i ap\u259?ru o fl\u259?c\u259?ruie. Flac\u259?ra, aproape invizibil\u259? la \u238 ?nceput \u238?n lumina vie a soarelui, cuprinse o ramur\u259?, crescu, prinse ti mid culoare \u351?i ajunse la o crac\u259? unde explod\u259? cu o trosnitur\u259 ? violent\u259?. Se prelinse \u238?n sus \u351?i b\u259?ie\u355?ii izbucnir\u259 ? \u238?n strig\u259?te de veselie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ochelarii! url\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Piggy. Da\u355?i-mi ochelarii!\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \f s18 Ralph se \u238?ndep\u259?rt\u259? de morman \u351?i l\u259?s\u259? ochelarii \u238?n m\u238?inile \u238?ntinse nesigur de Piggy Vocea acestuia se transform\ u259? \u238?ntr-un murmur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Totu-i neclar. Nici nu-mi v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?d m\u238?na... !\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259? ie\u355?ii \u355?op\u259?iau de fericire. Mormanul era putred \u351?i uscat ca i asca, \u238?nc\u238?t cr\u259?ci \u238?ntregi se predau cu voluptate fl\u259?c\u 259?rilor galbene care se av\u238?ntau \u238?n sus, arunc\u238?nd o jerb\u259? m are de foc la \u351?apte metri. C\u259?ldura b\u259?tea la mare distan\u355?\u25 9? \u238?n jur, iar briza era un r\u238?u de sc\u238?ntei. Trunchiurile se f\u25 9?r\u238?mi\u355?au \u238?ntr-o pulbere alb\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Mai aduce\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i lemne! Aduce\u355?i cu to\u355?ii lemne! strig\u259? Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Via\u355?a deveni o \u238?ntrecere c u focul, iar b\u259?ie\u355?ii se risipir\u259? prin p\u259?durea de pe costi\u3 51?\u259?, \u238?n\u259?l\u355?area unui drapel de fl\u259?c\u259?ri f\u238?lf\u 238?ind permanent pe munte, iat\u259? sarcina imediat\u259?; nimeni nu se g\u238 ?ndea la urm\u259?ri. P\u238?n\u259? \u351?i copiii cei mai mici, c\u238?nd nu s e l\u259?sau ademeni\u355?i de fructe, aduceau vreascuri \u351?i le aruncau \u23 8?n foc. Aerul se mi\u351?c\u259? pu\u355?in mai repede, transform\u238?ndu-se \ u238?ntr-un v\u238?nt u\u351?or, \u238?nc\u238?t p\u259?r\u355?ile ad\u259?posti te \u351?i cele din care b\u259?tea v\u238?ntul se deosebeau limpede, \u238?ntro parte aerul era r\u259?coros, \u238?n cealalt\u259? focul azv\u238?rlea un bra \u355? s\u259?lbatic de ar\u351?i\u355?\u259?, care f\u259?cea ca p\u259?rul cop iilor s\u259? se zb\u238?rleasc\u259? pe loc. B\u259?ie\u355?ii sim\u355?ir\u259 ? v\u238?ntul serii pe fe\u355?ele umede \u351?i se oprir\u259? s\u259? se bucur e de prospe\u355?imea lui; atunci descoperir\u259? c\u259? erau fr\u238?n\u355?i de oboseal\u259?. Se aruncar\u259? jos la umbr\u259?, printre st\u238?ncile spa rte. Pala se mic\u351?or\u259? repede; apoi mormanul se pr\u259?bu\u351?i pe din \u259?untru cu un zgomot moale, de cenu\u351?\u259?, arunc\u238?nd o nou\u259? j erb\u259? de sc\u238?ntei, care se aplec\u259? \u351?i se risipi \u238?n v\u238? nt. B\u259?ie\u355?ii z\u259?ceau sufl\u238?nd din greu, ca ni\u351?te c\u238?in i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? frunt ea de pe bra\u355?e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-a fost bine!\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Roger scuip\u259? la \u355?int\u259? \u238?n cenu\u351?a fierbinte .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce vrei s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spui?\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-a ie\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?it fum. Doar o p\u259? l\u259?laie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr

bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy se a\u351?ezase \u238?ntre dou\u259? st\u238?nci, \u355?in\u238?nd cochilia pe genunchi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? N-a fost un foc care s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne fie de folos, zise el. N ici n-am putea s\u259?-l \u355?inem aprins, chiar dac-am \u238?ncerca.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? zic, grozav ai mai \u238?nc ercat, zise Jack dispre\u355?uitor. Te-ai mul\u355?umit s\u259? stai.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am aprin\plain \f19 \fs18 s cu ochelarii lui, spuse Sim on, \u351?terg\u238?ndu-se cu bra\u355?ul pe obrajii negri. \u258?sta a fost aju torul lui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia, r\plain \f19 \fs18 \u25 9?spunse Piggy indignat. L\u259?sa\u355?i-m\u259? s\u259? vorbesc!\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cochilia nu mai conteaz\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? pe v\u238?rf ul muntelui, a\u351?a c\u259? taci din gur\u259?, zise Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia.\plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? punem cr\u259?ci verzi, zise Maurice. E cel mai bun mijlo c de-a scoate fum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia...\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack se \u238?ntoarse furios.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura!\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy se posomori. Ralph \u238?i lu\u259? cochilia \u35 1?i se uit\u259? la cercul de b\u259?ie\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? alegem pe c\u238?\u355?iva care s\u259? se \u 238?ngrijeasc\u259? de foc. Oric\u238?nd poate s\u259? treac\u259? un vapor \u23 8?n dep\u259?rtare \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?t\u259? c u m\u238?na \u238?nspre linia \u238?ntins\u259? a orizontului \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? iar dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? semnal\u259?m, o s\u259? vin\u259? \u351

?i-o s\u259? ne ia. \u350?i mai e ceva. Ar trebui s\u259? fix\u259?m mai multe r eguli. Ne \u238?nt\u226?lnim unde e cochilia. Aceea\u351?i regul\u259? aici, sus , ca \u351?i jos pe plaj\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii \u238 ?\u351?i d\u259?dur\u259? asentimentul. Piggy vru s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?, surpri nse privirea lui Jack \u351?i renun\u355?\u259?. Jack se ridic\u259?, \u238?ntin se bra\u355?ele s\u259? primeasc\u259? cochilia \u351?i \u355?inu obiectul delic at \u238?n m\u238?inile murdare de funingine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D e acord cu Ralph. Trebuie\plain \f19 \fs18 s\u259? fix\u259?m reguli \u351?i s\ u259? le respect\u259?m. La urma urmei, nu s\u238?ntem s\u259?lbatici. S\u238?nt em englezi; iar englezii s\u238?nt cei mai buni la toate. A\u351?a c\u259? trebu ie s\u259? ne purt\u259?m civilizat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse c \u259?tre Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph... am s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?mpart corul, adic\u259? pe v\u238?n\u259?torii mei, \u238?n dou\u2 59? grupe, \u351?i-o s\u259? ne ocup\u259?m noi cu \u238?ntre\u355?inerea foculu i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Acest act generos st\u238?rni un val de aplauze; J ack le z\u238?mbi \u351?i agit\u259? cochilia, cer\u238?nd t\u259?cere.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Acum l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?s\u259?m focul s\u259? se sting\u259?. Tot nu vede nimeni fumul noaptea. \u350?i-o s\u259?-l aprindem iar , c\u238?nd o s\u259? vrem. \plain \f21 \fs18 Altos \u8213? tu ai s\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u259? te \u238?ngrije\u351?ti ca focul s\u259? ard\u259? s\u259?pt\u259?m\ u238?na asta; s\u259?pt\u259?m\u238?na viitoare, \u238?l facem \u238?n trei locu ri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Adunarea aprob\u259? grav.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Va trebui s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? avem grij\u259? \u351?i de veghe. D ac\u259? z\u259?rim un vapor pe-acolo \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u238?i urm\u259?rir\u259? direc\u355?ia bra\u355?ului osos \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? punem pe foc ramuri verzi. O s\u259? ias\u25 9? \u351?i mai mult fum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uitar\u259? concentrat la a lbastrul intens al orizontului, ca \u351?i cum \u238?n orice clip\u259? ar fi pu tut s\u259? apar\u259? acolo o mic\u259? siluet\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La asfin\u355?it, soarele \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? o pic\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259

?tur\u259? de aur arz\u259?tor \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? alunec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? tot mai mult spre pragul lumii. O dat\u259? cu \u238?ncetarea luminii \u 351?i a c\u259?ldurii, \u238?\u351?i d\u259?dur\u259? brusc seama de venirea ser ii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger lu\u259? cochilia \u351?i se uit\u259? posac \u238?mprejur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am uitat pe mare. Nici urm\pla in \f19 \fs18 \u259? de vapor. Poate c\u259? n-o s\u259? fim niciodat\u259? salv a\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se isc\u259? un murmur, care apoi se stinse. Ralph \u238?i lu\u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am mai spus c\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-ntr-o bun\u259? zi vom fi salva\u355?i. Trebuie doar s\u 259? a\u351?tept\u259?m, asta-i tot.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Sfid\u238?ndu-i, c uprins de indignare, Piggy lu\u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A sta am spus \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i eu! Am vorbit de \u238?ntrunirile noastre \u351?i de altele, iar tu mi-ai zis s\u259? tac...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Vo\pl ain \f19 \fs18 cea i se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? \u238?ntr-un urlet de imput\u 259?ri. B\u259?ie\u355?ii se foir\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncercar\u259? prin strig\u 259?te s\u259?-l reduc\u259? la t\u259?cere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i zis c\u259? vre\u355?i un foc mic, dar v-a\u355?i dus \ u351?i-a\u355?i str\u238?ns un morman de surcele c\u238?t o claie. Dac\u259? zic ceva, strig\u259? Piggy, cu un realism amar, \u238?mi spune\u355?i s\u259? tac; dar dac\u259? Jack, sau Maurice, sau Simon...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri \u238?n mijlocul tumultului, r\u259?mase \u238?n picioare, uit\u238?ndu-se peste ei, de-a lungul laturii ostile a muntelui, spre locul \u238?ntins unde g\u259?s iser\u259? vreascurile. Apoi izbucni \u238?ntr-un r\u238?s at\u238?t de ciudat, \u238?nc\u238?t t\u259?cur\u259? cu to\u355?ii, privindu-i uimi\u355?i ochelarii lucitori, \u238?i urm\u259?rir\u259? privirea \u351?i descoperir\u259? gluma am ar\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i reu\u351? it \u238?ntr-adev\u259?r s\u259? aprinde\u355?i un foc mic.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \

fs18 Fumul se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?a ici \u351?i colo printre lianele at\u238?rna te de pomii usca\u355?i sau pe cale de-a se usca. \u206?ntre timp, o limb\u259? de foc r\u259?s\u259?ri la r\u259?d\u259?cina unui smoc de ierburi, iar apoi fum ul se \u238?nte\u355?i. Fl\u259?c\u259?ri mici ap\u259?rur\u259? la r\u259?d\u25 9?cina unui copac, se strecurar\u259? prin frunze \u351?i prin tufi\u351?uri, cr esc\u238?nd mereu \u351?i deschiz\u238?nd drum. O jerb\u259? plesni un trunchi \ u351?i se ca\u355?\u259?r\u259? pe el ca o veveri\u355?\u259? viu colorat\u259?. Fumul crescu, se cernu printre ramuri \u351?i se rostogoli \u238?ntr-o parte. V everi\u355?a s\u259?ri pe aripile v\u238?ntului, se ag\u259?\u355?\u259? de un a lt pom r\u259?mas \u238?n picioare \u351?i ron\u355?\u259?i de sus \u238?n jos. Sub bolta \u238?ntunecat\u259? a frunzelor \u351?i a fumului, focul se \u238?nst \u259?p\u238?ni pe p\u259?dure \u351?i \u238?ncepu s-o road\u259?. Hectare de fu m galben \u351?i negru alunecar\u259? lent spre mare. La vederea fl\u259?c\u259? rilor \u351?i la asaltul irezistibil al focului, b\u259?ie\u355?ii urlar\u259? d e bucurie \u351?i de entuziasm. Fl\u259?c\u259?rile, cuprinse parc\u259? de o en ergie s\u259?lbatic\u259?, se t\u238?rau ca un jaguar pe burt\u259? spre liziera de palmieri tineri ca ni\u351?te mesteceni, care str\u259?juiau \u238?ntinderea de st\u238?nci trandafirii. Atinser\u259? primul pom, \u351?i pe ramuri se ivi un frunzi\u351? de foc. Inima fl\u259?c\u259?rilor s\u259?ri sprinten \u238?ntre arbori, apoi se undui \u351?i \u238?nv\u259?p\u259?ie \u238?ntregul \u351?ir. M ai jos de copiii care \u355?op\u259?iau de bucurie, vreo patru sute de metri p\u 259?tra\u355?i de p\u259?dure c\u259?zuser\u259? prad\u259? fumului \u351?i fl\u 259?c\u259?rilor. Zgomotele izolate ale focului se amestecau \u238?ntr-un r\u259 ?p\u259?it de tob\u259?, care p\u259?rea c\u259? zguduie muntele.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i reu\u351?it \u238?ntr-adev\u259?r s-aprinde\u355?i un foc mic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph tres\u259?ri \u351?i \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? b\u259?ie\u355?ii r\u259?m\u238?neau t\u2 59?cu\u355?i \u351?i nemi\u351?ca\u355?i, con\u351?tien\u355?i de m\u259?re\u355 ?ia \u351?i de spaima for\u355?ei dezl\u259?n\u355?uite sub ei. Revela\u355?ia, spaima \u351?i m\u259?re\u355?ia spectacolului \u238?l \u238?nfuriar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai taci din gur\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am coch\plain \f19 \fs18 ilia, r\u259?spunse Piggy jigni t. Am dreptul s\u259? vorbesc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l privir\u259? ind iferen\u355?i \u351?i traser\u259? cu urechea la r\u259?p\u259?itul de tob\u259? al focului. Piggy urm\u259?ri nervos iadul de fl\u259?c\u259?ri \u351?i str\u23 8?nse cochilia \u238?n bra\u355?e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Va trebui s\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-l l\u259?s\u259?m s\u259? ard\u259?. \u350?i era lemnul nostru de foc.\plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se linse pe buze.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1

0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-avem nimic de f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut. Va treb ui s\u259? fim mai aten\u355?i. Mi-e team\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?\u351?i mut\u259? ochii de la foc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plai n \f19 \fs18 \u354?i-e \u238?ntotdeauna team\u259?! Huo, Fatty!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia, r\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?spunse Piggy trist, \u351 ?i se \u238?ntoarse spre Ralph. Am cochilia, nu-i a\u351?a, Ralph?\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph \plain \f19 \fs18 se \u238?ntoarse cu p\u259?rere de r\u259?u d e la spectacolul splendid \u351?i m\u259?re\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Ce spui?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cochilia. Am dreptul s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vorbesc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii chicotir\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am vrut fum...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia uita\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-v\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O perdea de fum se \u 238?ntindea la o dep\u259?rtare de mai mul\u355?i kilometri de insul\u259?. To\u 355?i b\u259?ie\u355?ii, cu excep\u355?ia lui Piggy, \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? chicoteasc\u259?; nu trecu mult \u351?i se t\u259?v\u259?leau de r\u238?s.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?\u351?i ie\u351?i din s\u259?rite.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia! V\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? rog, asculta\u355?i-m \u259?! \u238?n primul r\u238?nd, ar fi trebuit s\u259? facem ad\u259?posturi jo s, pe plaj\u259?. Noaptea e foarte frig acolo. Dar nici n-a apucat Ralph s\u259? spun\u259?: "Foc!", \u351?i-a\u355?i pornit cu zbieretele \u351?i urletele aici pe munte. Ca ni\u351?te \u355?\u238?nci!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd

rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncepur\ u259? s\u259?-i asculte tirada.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum crede\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i c-o s\u259? fi\u355?i salva\u355?i, dac\u259? nu v\u259? ocu pa\u355?i de lucrurile importante \u351?i nu v\u259? purta\u355?i civilizat?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i scoase ochelarii \u351?i se pref\u259?cu c\u 259? las\u259? cochilia jos; dar mi\u351?carea brusc\u259? a celor mai mul\u355? i dintre b\u259?ie\u355?ii mai mari spre cochilie \u238?l f\u259?cu s\u259? se r \u259?zg\u238?ndeasc\u259?. O v\u238?r\u238? la subsuoar\u259? \u351?i se ghemui din nou pe st\u238?nc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nici n-a\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u355?i ajuns bine aici, c-a\u355?i aprins un foc de tab\u259?r\u259? i nutil. Uite, a\u355?i dat foc la \u238?ntreaga insul\u259?. N-o s\u259? fim cara ghio\u351?i dac\u259? arde insula? Fructe fierte, asta o s\u259? m\u238?nc\u259? m, \u351?i porc fript. Nu-i de r\u238?s! A\u355?i spus c\u259? Ralph e \u351?efu l, dar nu i-a\u355?i dat timp s\u259? se g\u238?ndeasc\u259?. Iar c\u238?nd zice ceva, o rupe\u355?i la fug\u259? ca...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se\plain \f19 \f s18 opri s\u259?-\u351?i trag\u259? r\u259?suflarea, iar focul mugi spre ei.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i asta nu-i tot. Pustii \ u259?ia! Cei mici! Cine i-a luat \u238?n seam\u259?? Cine \u351?tie c\u238?\u355 ?i s\u238?nt?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph f\u259?cu brusc un pas \u238?nainte .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?i-am spus. \u354?i-am spus s\u259? faci o list\u259? de nume.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum so fac singur? strig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Piggy indignat. Au a\u351?teptat dou \u259? minute, apoi s-au aruncat \u238?n mare; s-au dus \u238?n p\u259?dure; s-a u risipit peste tot. De unde s\u259? \u351?tiu cum \u238?l cheam\u259? pe fiecar e?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i linse buzele palide.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Deci, nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tii c\u238?\u355?i s\u238 ?ntem?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha

ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De unde s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u351? tiu, dac\u259? pustii se risipesc \u238?n toate p\u259?r\u355?ile ca furnicile? C\u238?nd v-a\u355?i \u238?ntors voi trei \u351?i-a\u355?i apucat s\u259? le spu ne\u355?i s-aprind\u259? focul, au fugit cu to\u355?ii \u351?i n-am mai apucat.. .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ajunge! se r\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sti Ralph \u351?i \u238?i smulse cochilia. Treaba ta dac\u259? nu i-ai num\u259?rat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...pe urm\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ai venit \u351?i mi-ai luat\plain \f4 \fs18 ochelarii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack se \u238?n toarse la el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? ...iar \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?\u238?ncii r\u259?t\u259?cesc pe unde arde focul. De unde \u351?tii c\u259? nu s\u238?nt tot acolo?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Piggy se ridic\u259? \u238?n picioare \u351?i ar\u259?t\u259? cu m\u238?na spr e fum \u351?i foc. Printre b\u259?ie\u355?i se st\u238?rni un murmur, care apoi se stinse. Se \u238?nt\u238?mpla un lucru ciudat cu Piggy, c\u259?ci se \u238?n\ u259?bu\u351?ea, \u238?ncerc\u238?nd s\u259? respire.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Piciul \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?la... vorbi el g\u238?tuit... cel cu semnu l pe fa\u355?\u259?, nu-l mai v\u259?d. Unde-o fi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mul\ u355?imea t\u259?cea m\u238?lc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cel care a pome nit de \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?arpe. Era acolo...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Un po m explod\u259? \u238?n foc ca o bomb\u259?. Jerbe \u238?nalte de liane se \u238? n\u259?l\u355?ar\u259? o clip\u259? la vedere, agonizar\u259? \u351?i c\u259?zur \u259? la loc. B\u259?ie\u355?ii \u355?ipar\u259? de fric\u259?:\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?erpii! \u350?erpii! Uite \u351?erpii!\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La asfin\u355?it, neobservat, soarele se odihnea aproap

e deasupra m\u259?rii. Fe\u355?ele b\u259?ie\u355?ilor erau ro\u351?ii, luminate de jos. Piggy se pr\u259?bu\u351?i peste o st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i o prinse cu bra\u355?ele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiul c are avea semnul pe fa\u355?\u259?... unde-i... unde-i? V\u259? spun c-a disp\u25 9?rut!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se privir\u259? cu team\u259?, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? le vin\u259? s\u259? cread\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? ...unde-i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph bomb\u259?ni un r\u259?spun s, parc\u259? de ru\u351?ine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate c\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u259? s-a \u238?ntors \plain \f4 \fs18 la... la...\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ fs18 Sub ei, pe partea ostil\u259? a muntelui, r\u259?p\u259?iala de tob\u259? c ontinua.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs 18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 III\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Colibele de pe plaj\u25 9?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack st\u259?tea fr\u238?nt de \u351?ale. Se aplecase ca un alerg\u259?tor, cu nasul aproape de p\u259?m\u2 38?ntul jilav. Trunchiurile \u351?i lianele care le \u238?mpodobeau ca ni\u351?t e ghirlan\plain \f4 \fs18 de se pierdeau \u238?n bezna verde, la zece metri deas upra; iar de jur \u238?mprejur \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? tufi\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u351?uri. Nu se vedea dec\u238?t o slab\u259? urm\u259? de c\u259?rare; o r\u259 ?muric\u259? plesnit\u259? \u351?i conturul vag al unei copite. Jack \u238?\u351 ?i l\u259?s\u259? b\u259?rbia \u238?n jos \u351?i le cercet\u259?, ca \u351?i cu m ar fi vrut s\u259? le sileasc\u259? s\u259?-i vorbeasc\u259?. Apoi, ca un c\u2

38?ine, \u238?naint\u259? anevoie \u238?n patru labe, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259?-i p ese de pozi\u355?ia lui incomod\u259?, se furi\u351?\u259? vreo c\u238?\u355?iva metri \u351?i se opri. V\u259?zu un la\u355? de lian\u259?, cu un c\u238?rcel a t\u238?rnat de o crac\u259? noduroas\u259?. C\u238?rcelul era lustruit pe dedesu bt: porcii, trec\u238?nd pe dedesubt, \u238?l frecaser\u259? cu \u355?epii lor.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ghemui cu fa\u355?a la c\u238?\u355?iva centime tri de urm\u259?, apoi scrut\u259? penumbra tufi\u351?urilor. P\u259?rul de culo area nisipului, mult mai lung dec\u238?t c\u238?nd s\u259?riser\u259? din avion, se decolorase, iar spinarea goal\u259? i se acoperise cu o puzderie de pistrui \u238?ntuneca\u355?i \u351?i se cojise, ars\u259? de soare. T\u238?ra \u238?n m\ u238?na dreapt\u259? un b\u259?\u355? de vreun metru \u351?i jum\u259?tate; n-av ea pe el dec\u238?t ni\u351?te pantaloni scur\u355?i zdren\u355?ui\u355?i, sus\u 355?inu\u355?i de cureaua \u238?n care \u238?nfipsese cu\u355?itul, \u238?nchise ochii, ridic\u259? fruntea \u351?i respir\u259? u\u351?or, cu n\u259?rile larg deschise, prelucr\u238?nd informa\u355?iile aduse de curentul de aer cald. \u350 ?i el, \u351?i p\u259?durea erau absolut nemi\u351?ca\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, respir\u259? ad\u238?nc, \u238?ntr-un suspin lung, \u351?i deschise ochii. Erau de un albastru-str\u259?lucitor, \u351?i \u23 8?n accesul lui de furie p\u259?reau c\u259?-i ies din cap, aproape \u238?nnebun i\u355?i. \u206?\u351?i linse buzele uscate \u351?i cercet\u259? p\u259?durea ne comunicativ\u259?. Apoi se furi\u351?\u259? mai departe \u351?i o apuc\u259? la \u238?nt\u238?mplare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 T\u259?cerea p\u259?durii era mai ap\u259?s\u259?toare dec\u238?t ar\u351?i\u355?a, iar la acea or\u259? nu se au zea nici m\u259?car b\u238?z\u238?itul insectelor. Jack trezi o pas\u259?re frum os colorat\u259? dintr-un cuib primitiv de r\u259?murele \u351?i atunci t\u259?c erea se sf\u259?r\u238?m\u259? \u351?i un \u355?ip\u259?t ascu\u355?it, ce p\u25 9?rea c\u259? vine din abisul secolelor, st\u238?rni ecouri. P\u238?n\u259? \u35 1?i Jack se trase \u238?napoi la acest \u355?ip\u259?t, \u355?in\u238?ndu-\u351? i cu un \u351?uierat respira\u355?ia; o clip\u259?, se sim\u355?i mai degrab\u25 9? o fiin\u355?\u259? tem\u259?toare \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? o maimu\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u355?\u259? ascuns\u259? de cr\u259?cile \u238?nc\u238?lcite ale pomilo r \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t un v\u238?n\u259?tor. A poi \u238?ns\u259?, urma aceea \u351?i nemul\u355?umirea surd\u259? \u238?i rech emar\u259? aten\u355?ia, iar el cercet\u259? concentrat solul. Se opri l\u238?ng \u259? trunchiul unui arbore uria\u351?, cu flori palide pe scoar\u355?a cenu\u3 51?ie, \u238?nchise ochii \u351?i trase din nou \u238?n piept aerul cald; respir \u259? scurt, pe fa\u355?\u259? i se a\u351?ternu o paloare, apoi s\u238?ngele \ u238?i n\u259?v\u259?li la loc. P\u259?\u351?i ca o umbr\u259? prin bezna de sub pomi \u351?i se ghemui, uit\u238?ndu-se la p\u259?m\u238?ntul b\u259?t\u259?tor it pe care c\u259?lca.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Excrementele de animale erau cal de. Z\u259?ceau gr\u259?mad\u259? printre brazde. Erau verzi ca m\u259?slina, ne tede \u351?i scoteau aburi u\u351?ori. Jack \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? fruntea \ u351?i privi masa impenetrabil\u259? de liane \u238?ntins\u259? de-a lungul pote cii. Ridic\u259? suli\u355?a \u351?i se strecur\u259? \u238?nainte. \u206?n dosu l lianelor, poteca se unea cu o c\u259?rare deschis\u259? de porci, destul de la rg\u259? \u351?i de b\u259?t\u259?torit\u259? ca s\u259? fie un drum. Solul se \ u238?nt\u259?rise prin b\u259?t\u259?toreala zilnic\u259?, iar c\u238?nd Jack \u 238?\u351?i \u238?ndrept\u259? trupul, auzi ceva mi\u351?c\u238?ndu-se pe drum.

Trase bra\u355?ul drept \u238?napoi \u351?i arunc\u259? suli\u355?a cu toat\u259 ? for\u355?a. De pe potec\u259? r\u259?zb\u259?tu r\u259?p\u259?itul rapid \u351 ?i aspru al unor copite \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? un zgomot de castaniete, seduc \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?tor, \u238?nnebunitor \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? promisiu nea c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vor avea carne. O zbughi din tufi\u351? \u351?i \u 238?n\u351?fac\u259? suli\u355?a. R\u259?p\u259?itul copitelor de porc se pierdu \u238?n dep\u259?rtare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack r\u259?mase pe loc, sc\u2 59?ldat \u238?n sudoare, m\u238?njit cu dungi de p\u259?m\u238?nt cafeniu \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? victima greut\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?\u355?ilor unei zile de v\u238?n\u259?toare. \u206?njur\u259?, ie\u351?i de pe potec\u259? \u351?i \u23 8?\u351?i urm\u259? drumul p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd p\u259?durea se deschise vag \u351?i \u238?n locul trunchiurilor goale, sus\u355?in\u238?nd acoperi\u351?ul \u238?ntunecat, se ivir\u259? trunchiuri de un cenu\u351?iu-deschis, \u238?ncoro nate cu frunze de palmier, \u238?n spatele lor, marea sclipea \u351?i Jack auzi voci. Ralph st\u259?tea \u238?n fa\u355?a lagunei, l\u238?ng\u259? un ad\u259?po st din trunchiuri \u351?i frunze de palmieri, o colib\u259? grosolan\u259? care p\u259?rea gata s\u259? se pr\u259?bu\u351?easc\u259?. Nu-l observ\u259? pe Jack dec\u238?t c\u238?nd vorbi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ave\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u355?i cumva ap\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph, \u238?ncruntat, \u238 ?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? privirea din masa de frunze, \u238?\u351?i plimb\u259? och ii peste Jack, dar nu-l observ\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntrebat dac\u259? are cineva ni\u351?te ap\u259?\plain \f4 \fs 18 . Mi-e sete.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i mut\u259? aten\u355 ?ia de la ad\u259?post \u351?i-l observ\u259?, tres\u259?rind, pe Jack.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei, salut! Ap\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?? Acolo, l\u238?ng \u259? pom. Trebuie s\u259? mai fi r\u259?mas.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack lu\ u259? dintr-un grup de coji a\u351?ezate la umbr\u259? o tigv\u259? de nuc\u259? de cocos, plin\u259? ochi cu ap\u259? proasp\u259?t\u259?, \u351?i b\u259?u. Ap a i se prelinse pe b\u259?rbie, pe g\u238?t \u351?i pe piept. Respir\u259? zgomo tos c\u238?nd termin\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sim\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u355?eam nevoia s\u259? beau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai \plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u238?nal\u355?-o pu\u355?in, vorbi Simon din ad\u259?post.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd

rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre ad\u259?post \u351?i ridic\u259? o crac \u259? plin\u259? de frunze.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Frunzele se desprinser\u25 9? \u351?i c\u259?zur\u259? flutur\u238?nd. \u206?n gaura f\u259?cut\u259?, se i vi chipul nedumerit al lui Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Iart\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259?-m\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph contempl\u259? nemul\u35 5?umit dezastrul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-am s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? reu\u351?esc niciodat\u259? s\u259?-l repar.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se tr\u2 38?nti la picioarele lui Jack. Simon r\u259?mase pe loc, uit\u238?ndu-se prin ga ura din ad\u259?post. Odat\u259? \u238?ntins la p\u259?m\u238?nt, Ralph explic\u 259?:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am lucrat zile \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt regi. \u350?i uite rezultatul!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ridicaser\u259? dou\u259 ? ad\u259?posturi \u351?ubrede. Unul din ele se deteriorase complet.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i trag chiulul \u238?ntruna. \u354 ?ii minte \u238?ntrunirea? C\u238?nd s-a spus c\u259? toat\u259? lumea trebuie s \u259? munceasc\u259? din greu p\u238?n\u259? termin\u259?m ad\u259?posturile? \ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Afar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? de mine \u351?i de v\u238?n\u259?torii mei...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Afar\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? de v\u238?n\u259?tori. Ei bine, \u355?\u238?ncii s\u238?nt... \par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gesticul\u259?, c\u259?ut\u238?nd un cuv\u238?nt.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i nimic de f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut cu ei. Nici cei mai mari nu s\u238?nt mai breji. Vezi? Am muncit toat\u259? ziua cu Simon. Nu ne -a ajutat nimeni. S-au dus s\u259? se scalde, s\u259? m\u259?n\u238?nce sau s\u2

59? se joace.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon \u238?\u351?i scoase prudent capul. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu e\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti \u351?eful. D\u 259?-le ordin.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u351?edea culcat \u351?i se uita la palmieri \u351?i la cer.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \ u206?ntruniri. Cui nu-i plac \u238?ntrunirile? Zilnic. De dou\u259? ori pe zi. D iscut\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se \plain \f19 \fs18 ridic\u259? \u238?ntr -un cot.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt sigur c\u2 59?, dac\u259? suflu acum \u238?n cochilie, or s\u259? vin\u259? cu to\u355?ii \ u238?n fug\u259?. \u350?i atunci, \u351?tii bine, o s\u259? fim foarte solemni, iar cineva o s\u259? spun\u259? c-ar trebui s\u259? construim un avion, un subma rin sau un televizor. La sf\u238?r\u351?itul \u238?ntrunirii, or s\u259? lucreze cinci minute \u351?i pe urm\u259? or s\u259? se ripiseasc\u259? sau or s\u259? plece la v\u238?n\u259?toare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ro\u351?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vrem carne.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Deocamdat\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? n-avem deloc. \u350?i ne trebuie \u351?i ad\u259?posturi, \u238?n afar\u259? de asta, v\u238?n\u259?torii t\u259?i s-au \u238?ntors de ma i multe ore. S-au sc\u259?ldat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am dus s\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u259? explorez, zise Jack. Eu le-am dat drumul. A trebuit s\u259? m\u259? duc. M-am...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncerc\u259? s\u259? evoce im pulsul cov\u238?r\u351?itor de a depista urme de animale \u351?i de a le omor\u2 38?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am dus s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? explore z. M-am g\u238?ndit c\u259? singur... \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q

l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nota de nebunie \u238?i reap\u259?ru \u238?n ochi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am g\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ndit \plain \f19 \fs18 c-a\u351? putea s\u259? ucid.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar n-ai f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut-o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Am crezut c-o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? reu\u351?esc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n vocea lui Ralph vibra o energie ascuns\u259?. e\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar n-ai f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cut-o \u238?nc\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Insinuarea lui ar fi putut trece ca neinten\u355?ionat \u259?, dac\u259? n-ar fi fost intona\u355?ia. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? B\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?nuiesc c\u259? n-ai de g\u238?nd s\u259? ne aju\u355?i la ad\u259?posturi, nu?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ne trebuie carne...\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i n-o avem.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Du\u351?m\u259?nia era limpede.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s -avem! Data viitoare! Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? pun un v\u238?rf de fier la suli\u355?\u259?! Am r\u259?nit un porc, dar a c\u259?zut suli\u355?a din el . Dac\u259? am reu\u351?i s\u259? facem v\u238?rf uri...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Avem nevoie de ad\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?postu\plain \f4 \fs18 ri!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Deodat\u259?, pe Jack \u238?l apuc\u259? furia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl

ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? acuzi...?\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Nu spun dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t c-am lucrat din r\u259?sputeri. Doar at\u238?t.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se ro\u351?iser\u259? am\u238?ndoi \u3 51?i le venea greu s\u259? se mai uite unul la altul. Ralph se rostogoli pe burt \u259? \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259? se joace cu iarba.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mai plou\u259? ca atunci c\u238?nd ne-au dat drumul, o s\u259? avem sigur nevoie de ad\u259?posturi. \u350?i mai e ceva. Avem nevoie de ad\u259?posturi din pricina...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri o cli p\u259? \u351?i m\u238?nia i se stinse. Continu\u259? s\u259? discute despre ace st nou subiect mai pu\u355?in primejdios.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai b\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?gat de seam\u259?, nu?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack \plai n \f19 \fs18 l\u259?s\u259? suli\u355?a \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? pe vine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce anume?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei bine, le e team\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se r\u259?suci \u23 8?n iarb\u259? \u351?i se uit\u259? la fa\u355?a fioroas\u259? \u351?i murdar\u2 59? a lui Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vorbesc de ce se \plain \f19 \f s18 \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259?. Copiii viseaz\u259?. E u\u351?or s\u259?-i auzi. Ai fost treaz azi-noapte?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vorbe\plain \f19 \fs18 sc \u351?i \u355?ip\u25 9? \u238?n somn. \u354?\u238?ncii. Chiar \u351?i unii dintre cei mari. Ca \u351? i cum...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i cum ar fi

o insul\u259? primejdioas\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Uimi\u355?i de \u238? ntrerupere, \u238?\u351?i ridicar\u259? privirea spre fa\u355?a serioas\u259? a lui Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i cum, re lu\u259? Simon, fiara sau \u351?arpele \u259?la ar exista cu adev\u259?rat. \u35 4?ine\u355?i minte?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cei doi b\u259?ie\u355?i mai mari t res\u259?rir\u259? c\u238?nd auzir\u259? cuv\u238?ntul detestat. \u350?erpii nu erau pomeni\u355?i, nu trebuiau pomeni\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i cum ne-am afla pe o insul\u259? primejdioas\u259?, zise Ralph \u238?ncet. Da, a\u351?a e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ridic\u2 59? \u238?n capul oaselor \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u238?ntinse \plain \f4 \fs18 pi cioarele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt scr\u238? nti\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nebuni de-a binelea. \plain \f19 \f s18 \u354?ine\u355?i minte c\u238?nd ne-am dus \u238?n explorare?\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i z\u238?mbir\u259? unul altuia, amintindu-\u351?i de m\u 259?re\u355?ia primei zile. Ralph continu\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a c\u259? ne trebuie ad\u259?posturi, ca un fel de... \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?min.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Exact.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?\u351?i str\u238?nse picioarele, \u238?\u351?i prinse genunchii \u238?n m\u238?ini \u351?i se \u238? ncrunt\u259? ca s\u259? \u238?n\u355?eleag\u259? limpede situa\u355?ia.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cu toate acestea... \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n p\u259?du

re... Vreau s\u259? spun, c\u238?nd v\u238?nezi... nu c\u238?nd culegi fructe, f ire\u351?te, c\u238?nd e\u351?ti singur...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri o cl ip\u259?, nesigur dac\u259? Ralph \u238?l ia \u238?n ser\plain \f4 \fs18 ios.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Zi-i mai departe.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u238?nezi, te treze\u351?ti uneori c\u259?...\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ro\u351?i brusc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te, nu-i nici o primejdie. Doar o impresie. Sim\u355?i c\u2 59? nu v\u238?nezi... ci c\u259? e\u351?ti v\u238?nat; ca \u351?i cum te-ar urm\ u259?ri tot timpul ceva \u238?n jungl\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 T\u259?cur \u259? din nou: Simon concentrat, Ralph ne\u238?ncrez\u259?tor \u351?i vag indig nat. Se ridic\u259? \u238?n capul oaselor \u351?i se frec\u259? pe um\u259?r cu o m\u238?n\u259? murdar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? P\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259?i, nu \u351?tiu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack s\u259?ri \u238?n picioa re \u351?i vorbi foarte repede.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \f s18 \u351?a te sim\u355?i \u238?n p\u259?dure. Fire\u351?te, nu-i nimic la mijlo c. Doar... doar...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 F\u259?cu c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u351?i rapizi spre plaj\u259?, apoi se \u238?ntoarse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Doar eu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu cum se simt. \u206?n\u355?elegi? Asta-i tot .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cel mai bun lucru e s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fim salva\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack trebui s\u259? reflecteze o cli p\u259? \u238?nainte de a-\u351?i aminti ce \u238?nsemna salvarea.\par \pard \br

drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Salva\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i? A, da, desigur. De\u351?i a\ u351? vrea s\u259? prind mai \u238?nt\u238?i \plain \f4 \fs18 un porc...\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n\u351?f\u259?c\u259? suli\u355?a \u351?i o azv\u238?rli \u238?n p\u259?m\u238?nt. Expresia opac\u259? \u351?i dement\u259? \u238?i reve ni \u238?n priviri. Ralph \u238?l examina prin claia de p\u259?r blond.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? At\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ta vreme c\u238?t v\u238?n\u2 59?torii t\u259?i au grij\u259? de foc...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i focul \u259?la!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cei doi b\u259? ie\u355?i cobor\u238?r\u259? pe plaj\u259?, se \u238?ntoarser\u259? \u351?i se u itar\u259? peste um\u259?r la muntele roz. \u350?uvi\u355?a de fum schi\u355?\u2 59? o linie \u238?ncre\u355?it\u259? pe albastrul compact al cerului, tremur\u25 9?, se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? \u351?i disp\u259?ru. Ralph se \u238?ncrunt\u2 59?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?ntreb c\u2 38?t de departe se vede.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? La c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u355?iva kilometri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu iese destul fum.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u259?d\u259?cina de jos a \u351?uvi\u355?ei, con\u351 ?tient\u259? parc\u259? de privirea lor, se \u238?ngro\u351?\u259?, deveni tulbu re \u351?i alb-g\u259?lbuie, iar apoi se ca\u355?\u259?r\u259? pe coloana firav\ u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Au pus pe foc ramuri verzi, murmur\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Ralph. A\u351?a o fi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ridic\u259? oc hii \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse brusc, scrut\u238?nd orizontul.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Acum v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?d!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \

fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jac\plain \f19 \fs18 k strig\u259? at\u238?t de tare, \u238?nc\u238?t Ralph tres\u259?ri violent.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce? Unde? Un vapor?\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ar\u259?ta \u238?ns\u259? spre pr\u259?p\u259?stiile \u238?nalte car e coborau de pe munte spre partea mai plan\u259? a insulei.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te! Acum stau \u238?ntin\u351?i acolo s us... n-au \u238?ncotro, c\u238?t soarele e prea puternic.\plain \f4 \fs18 ..\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph privi uimit fa\u355?a extaziat\u259? a lui Jack.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...se duc sus, sus de tot, ca s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? stea la umbr\u259?, s\u259? se odihneasc\u259? \u238?n timpul ar\u351?i\u 355?ei, ca vacile acas\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am crezut c-ai v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut un vapor!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne apropiem pe furi\u351?... s\u259? ne vopsim fe\u35 5?ele, ca s\u259? nu ne vad\u259?... poate s\u259?-i \u238?nconjur\u259?m \u351? i atunci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu-\u351?i mai putu st\u259?p\u238?ni indignarea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vorbeam de fum! Nu vrei s\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259? fii salvat? Nu \u351?tii s\u259? vorbe\u351?ti dec\u238?t de por ci, porci \u351?i iar porci!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar avem nevoie de carne! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Muncesc toat\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? z iua doar eu cu Simon, iar tu te \u238?ntorci \u351?i nici m\u259?car nu observi c-am ridicat colibe?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i eu am muncit...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm

ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu faci ce-\plain \f19 \fs18 \u 355?i place! strig\u259? Ralph. V\u238?nezi! \u206?n timp ce eu...\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?nfruntar\u259? pe plaja str\u259?lucitoare, uimi\u355?i de sentimentul du\u351?m\u259?niei. Ralph \u238?\u351?i mut\u259? primul privirea, pref\u259?c\u238?ndu-se c\u259? se intereseaz\u259? de un grup de t\u238?nci pe nisip. De dup\u259? platform\u259? se auzir\u259? \u355?ipetele v\u238?n\u259?to rilor care se sc\u259?ldau \u238?n bazin. La cap\u259?tul platformei z\u259?cea culcat Piggy, cu ochii la apa sclipitoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? B\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u259?ie\u355?ii nu-s de mare folos.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Voi a s\u259? spun\u259? c\u259? nimeni nu-i chiar a\u351?a cum \u355?i-l \u238?nchi pui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Simon! El e de folos, continu\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u259? el \u351?i ar\u259?t\u259? spre ad\u259?posturi. To\u355?i ceilal\u3 55?i s-au c\u259?rat. Simon a muncit ca \u351?i mine. Doar c\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Simon e \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntotdeauna gata s\u259? d ea o m\u238?n\u259? de ajutor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse l a ad\u259?posturi, cu Jack al\u259?turi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am s\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? te ajut ni\u355?el, \u238?nainte de-a m\u259? sc\u259?lda , murmur\u259? Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu te deranja.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd ajunser\u259? \u238?ns\u259? la ad\u259?posturi, Simon d isp\u259?ruse. Ralph v\u238?r\u238? capul \u238?n gaura dintre frunze, \u351?i-l retrase \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse spre Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntins-o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S-o fi s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?turat, zise Jack, \u351?i s-a dus s\u259? se scalde \u351?i el. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ncrunt\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon

e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E un b\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?iat ciudat. E neobi\u351?nuit.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?i d\u259?du dreptate, mai mult de dragul de a fi de aco rd cu el, \u351?i, printr-un consemn tacit, p\u259?r\u259?sir\u259? ad\u259?post ul \u351?i se \u238?ndreptar\u259? spre bazin.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Iar pe urm\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?, zise Jack, dup\u259? ce m\u259? scald \u351? i m\u259?n\u238?nc, am s\u259? m\u259? duc \u238?n partea ailalt\u259? a muntelu i, s\u259? v\u259?d dac\u259? nu g\u259?sesc vreo urm\u259?. Vii \u351?i tu?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar soarele aproape c-a asfin\plain \f19 \fs18 \u3 55?it...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate mai am timp. \par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se plimbar\u259? \u238?mpreun\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? dou\plain \ f19 \fs18 \u259? lumi de experien\u355?e \u351?i sentimente diferite, incapabile s\u259? co\plain \f4 \fs18 munice.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac-a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351? putea s\u259? prind un porc!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?ntorc s\u259? continuu lucrul la ad\u259?pos turi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se privir\u259? nedumeri\u355?i, cu dragoste \u35 1?i ur\u259?. Toat\u259? apa cald\u259? \u351?i s\u259?rat\u259? a bazinului, st rig\u259?tele, stropeala \u351?i r\u238?setele reu\u351?ir\u259? cu greu s\u259? -i uneasc\u259? din nou.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Simon, pe ca\plain \f19 \fs18 r e se a\u351?teptau s\u259?-l g\u259?seasc\u259?, nu se afla la bazin.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd ceila l\u355?i doi porniser\u259? de-a lungul plajei ca s\u259? se uite la munte, Simo

n \u238?i urm\u259?rise la c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u351?i, apoi se oprise. R\u259?m\ u259?sese pe loc \u351?i se \u238?ncruntase la o movil\u259? de nisip pe plaj\u2 59?, unde cineva \u238?ncercase s\u259? ridice o c\u259?su\u355?\u259? sau o col ib\u259?. Apoi se \u238?ntorsese cu spatele \u351?i intrase hot\u259?r\u238?t \u 238?n p\u259?dure. Era un b\u259?iat mic \u351?i osos, cu b\u259?rbia ascu\u355? it\u259?; ochii foarte str\u259?lucitori \u238?l \u238?n\u351?elaser\u259? pe Ra lph c\u238?nd \u238?l socotise \u238?nc\u238?nt\u259?tor de vesel \u351?i de mal i\u355?ios. Claia de p\u259?r negru \u351?i aspru at\u238?rna lung\u259?, acoper indu-i aproape fruntea joas\u259? \u351?i lat\u259?. Purta ni\u351?te pantaloni scur\u355?i \u238?n zdren\u355?e \u351?i era \u238?n picioarele goale, ca \u351? i Jack. Pielea, destul de \u238?nchis\u259? la culoare, se bronzase puternic, lu cind de transpira\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i croi drum \u23 8?n susul brazdei, trecu de marea st\u238?nc\u259? pe care se coco\u355?ase Ralp h \u238?n prima diminea\u355?\u259? \u351?i o apuc\u259? la dreapta, printre pom i. C\u259?lca cu pa\u351?i regula\u355?i prin hectarele de pomi fructiferi, unde \u351?i cei mai neajutora\u355?i \u238?\u351?i g\u259?seau u\u351?or hran\u259? , chiar dac\u259? era nesatisf\u259?c\u259?toare. Florile \u351?i fructele cre\u 351?teau \u238?mpreun\u259? pe aceia\u351?i pomi, pretutindeni plutea mirosul de fructe coapte \u351?i se auzea b\u238?z\u238?itul a milioane de albine adun\u23 8?nd miere. Aici \u238?l ajunser\u259? din urm\u259? pu\u351?tii care fugiser\u2 59? dup\u259? el. Vorbeau, scoteau strig\u259?te de ne\u238?n\u355?eles \u351?i \u238?l tr\u259?geau spre pomi. Apoi, \u238?n b\u238?z\u238?itul albinelor, \u23 8?n lumina soarelui de dup\u259?-amiaz\u259?, Simon le culese fructele la care n u puteau ajunge, le alese pe cele mai frumoase din frunzi\u351? \u351?i le \u238 ?mp\u259?r\u355?i m\u238?inilor \u238?ntinse \u351?i nenum\u259?rate. C\u238?nd \u238?i s\u259?tur\u259?, se opri \u351?i se uit\u259? \u238?mprejur. Pu\u351?ti i \u238?l p\u238?ndeau cu o expresie ciudat\u259? peste m\u238?inile pline cu fr ucte coapte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon plec\u259? de l\u238?ng\u259? ei \u3 51?i o lu\u259? pe poteca de-abia vizibil\u259?. \u206?n cur\u238?nd, jungla \u2 38?nalt\u259? \u238?l \u238?nghi\u355?i. Trunchiuri lungi purtau flori de un alb astru pal, neobi\u351?nuite, p\u238?n\u259? sus, \u238?n bolta \u238?ntunecat\u2 59?, unde via\u355?a continua zgomotos. Aerul de aici era \u238?ntunecat, iar li anele \u238?\u351?i l\u259?sau bra\u355?ele \u238?n jos, ca un cordaj de vas cu p\u238?nze scufundat. Pa\u351?ii i se imprimau \u238?n p\u259?m\u238?ntul moale, iar lianele tremurau pe toat\u259? lungimea c\u238?nd le lo\plain \f4 \fs18 vea .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ajunse \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351?it \u238?ntr-un loc und e lumina se rev\u259?rsa din plin. Neav\u238?nd nevoie s\u259? urce prea mult ca s\u259? g\u259?seasc\u259? soarele, lianele \u355?esuser\u259? un covor uria\u3 51?, at\u238?rnat \u238?ntr-o latur\u259? a lumini\u351?ului din jungl\u259?; o puzderie de st\u238?nci ie\u351?eau aproape la suprafa\u355?\u259? \u351?i nu l\ u259?sau s\u259? creasc\u259? dec\u238?t plantele mici \u351?i ferigile, \u238?n tregul spa\u355?iu era \u238?ngr\u259?dit de tufi\u351?uri \u238?ntunecate \u351 ?i frumos mirositoare \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? un amfiteatru de ar\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u351?i\u355?\u259? \u351?i de lumin\u259?. Un pom imens, pr\u259?bu\u351?i t de-a lungul unui col\u355?, se sprijinea de cei \u238?nc\u259? \u238?n picioar e, iar o lian\u259? sprinten\u259? arunca raze galbene \u351?i ro\u351?ii p\u238 ?n\u259? \u238?n v\u238?rf.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon se opri. Se uit\u259? peste um\u259?r, ca \u351?i Jack, la c\u259?r\u259?rile ascunse \u238?n urm\u25

9? \u351?i arunc\u259? repede o privire \u238?mprejur, pentru a se \u238?ncredin \u355?a c\u259? era complet singur. O clip\u259?, se mi\u351?c\u259? aproape pe furi\u351?. Apoi se aplec\u259? \u351?i p\u259?trunse \u238?n centrul covorului. Lianele \u351?i tufi\u351?urile erau at\u238?t de aproape, \u238?nc\u238?t le p at\u259? de transpira\u355?ie; dup\u259? trecerea lui, se str\u238?nser\u259? la loc. Ajuns \u238?n\u259?untru, se pomeni \u238?ntr-o colib\u259? mic\u259?, des p\u259?r\u355?it\u259? de lumini\u351? prin c\u238?teva frunze. Se ghemui, desf\ u259?cu frunzele \u351?i se uit\u259?. Nimic nu se mi\u351?ca, \u238?n afara une i perechi de fluturi frumos colora\u355?i, care dansau unul \u238?n jurul altuia \u238?n aerul fierbinte, \u238?\u351?i \u355?inu r\u259?suflarea \u351?i ciuli urechile la zgomotele de pe insul\u259?. Seara \u238?nainta repede; strig\u259?t ele p\u259?s\u259?rilor str\u259?lucitoare \u351?i fantastice, b\u238?z\u238?itu l albinelor, p\u238?n\u259? \u351?i \u355?ip\u259?tul pesc\u259?ru\u351?ilor ce se \u238?ntorceau la cuiburile lor dintre st\u238?ncile p\u259?trate, descrescus er\u259?. \u206?n larg, marea sp\u259?rg\u238?ndu-se la kilometri dep\u259?rtare , pe recife, scotea un sunet mai pu\u355?in perceptibil dec\u238?t pulsa\u355?ia s\u238?ngelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon d\u259?du drumul perdelei de frun ze. Suli\u355?ele piezi\u351?e ale soarelui de culoarea mierii se mic\u351?orar\ u259?; alunecar\u259? pe v\u238?rful tufi\u351?urilor, trecur\u259? pe deasupra bobocilor verzi ca ni\u351?te lumin\u259?ri, urcar\u259? spre bolt\u259?, iar be zna se adun\u259? pe sub pomi. O dat\u259? cu dispari\u355?ia treptat\u259? a lu minii, murir\u259? \u351?i culorile stridente, iar ar\u351?i\u355?a \u351?i agit a\u355?ia se domolir\u259?. Bobocii ca ni\u351?te lumin\u259?ri frem\u259?tar\u2 59?. Sepalele lor verzi se desf\u259?cur\u259? pu\u355?in \u351?i v\u238?rfurile albe ale florilor se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?ar\u259? ginga\u351? \u238?n \u238?nt\ u238?mp\plain \f4 \fs18 inarea aerului curat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Lumina so arelui se ridicase definitiv din spa\u355?iul deschis \u351?i se retr\u259?sese de pe cer. Bezna potopi totul, inund\u238?nd drumurile dintre pomi, p\u238?n\u25 9? c\u238?nd acestea devenir\u259? obscure \u351?i stranii, ca fundul m\u259?rii . Bobocii ca lum\u238?narea \u238?\u351?i deschiser\u259? florile largi \u351?i albe, sticlind \u238?n lumina ce picura de pe primele stele. Parfumul lor se r\u 259?sp\u238?ndi \u238?n aer \u351?i se \u238?nst\u259?p\u238?ni pe insul\u259?.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f4 \fs18 IV \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fe\u355?e vopsite \u351?i p\u259 ?r lung\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd

rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Primul ritm cu care se obisnuir\u259? fu ciclul lent din zori p\u238?n\u259? la \u238?nserarea brusc\u 259?. Acceptar\u259? pl\u259?cerile dimine\u355?ii, soarele str\u259?lucitor, ma rea impun\u259?toare \u351?i aerul pl\u259?cut, ca momente c\u238?nd te puteai j uca frumos, iar via\u355?a era at\u238?t de plin\u259?, \u238?nc\u238?t speran\u 355?a devenea de prisos, fiind prin urmare dat\u259? uit\u259?rii. Spre amiaz\u2 59?, c\u238?nd torentele de lumin\u259? c\u259?deau mai aproape de vertical\u259 ?, culorile rigide ale dimine\u355?ii se \u238?ndulceau, prinz\u238?nd reflexe d e perl\u259? \u351?i opal; iar ar\u351?i\u355?a \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ca \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i cum \u238?n\u259?l\u355?imea amenin\u355?\u259?toare a so arelui i-ar fi d\u259?ruit un impuls \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? se transforma \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntr-o lovitur\u259? de care se fereau, fugind la umbr\u259? \u351?i st\u238?nd acolo culca\u355?i, poate chiar dormind.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La pr\u238?nz se petreceau lucruri ciudate. Marea sclipitoare se umfla, de spic\u238?ndu-se \u238?n suprafe\u355?e plane, enervante prin mi\u351?carea lor imposibil\u259?; reciful de coral \u351?i c\u238?\u355?iva palmieri pipernici\u3 55?i, ag\u259?\u355?a\u355?i de por\u355?iunile mai ridicate, se \u238?n\u259?l\ u355?au spre cer, tremurau, se rupeau \u238?n buc\u259?\u355?i, alergau ca pic\u 259?turile de ploaie pe s\u238?rm\u259?, sau se multiplicau ca \u238?ntr-o stran ie succesiune de oglinzi. Uneori, se \u238?ntrez\u259?rea amenin\u355?\u259?tor uscatul, acolo unde nu exista uscat, destr\u259?m\u238?ndu-se ca un balon, \u238 ?n timp ce copiii \u238?l urm\u259?reau din ochi. Piggy, cu un aer savant, denun \u355?\u259? fenomenul ca fiind un "miraj"; \u351?i cum nici un b\u259?iat nu re u\u351?ea s\u259? ajung\u259? m\u259?car p\u238?n\u259? la reciful de pe \u238?n tinderea marin\u259? unde p\u238?ndeau rechinii cu botul deschis, se obisnuir\u2 59? cu aceste mistere \u351?i le ignorar\u259?, a\u351?a cum ignorau stelele mir aculoase \u351?i p\u238?lp\u238?itoare. La amiaz\u259?, iluziile se destr\u259?m au pe cer \u351?i soarele \u238?i a\u355?intea feroce, ca un ochi m\u238?nios. A poi, spre sf\u238?r\u351?itul dup\u259?-amiezei, mirajele se \u238?mpu\u355?inau , iar orizontul se uniformiza, devenind albastru \u351?i dens, o dat\u259? cu as fin\u355?itul. Era un alt moment de r\u259?coare relativ\u259?, amenin\u355?at \ u238?ns\u259? de venirea \u238?ntunericului. Dup\u259? ce soarele apunea, bezna se pr\u259?bu\u351?ea asupra insulei ca spuma unui sting\u259?tor de incendii \u 351?i \u238?n scurt timp, sub stelele \u238?ndep\u259?rtate, ad\u259?posturile s e umpleau de neast\u238?mp\u259?r.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cu toate acestea, tr adi\u355?ia nord-european\u259? a muncii, a jocului \u351?i a hranei le f\u259?c u imposibil\u259?, tot timpul zilei, adaptarea complet\u259? la acest nou ritm. Pu\u351?tiul pe nume Percival se furi\u351?ase de la \u238?nceput \u238?ntr-un a d\u259?post \u351?i r\u259?m\u259?sese acolo dou\u259? zile, vorbind, c\u238?nt\ u238?nd \u351?i pl\u238?ng\u238?nd, p\u238?n\u259? crezuser\u259? c\u259? se \u3 55?icnise \u351?i se distraser\u259? re\u355?inut pe seama lui. De atunci sl\u25 9?bise, avea ochii ro\u351?ii \u351?i era foarte trist; un pu\u351?ti care se ju ca pu\u355?in \u351?i pl\u238?ngea des.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355? ii mai mici erau cunoscu\u355?i acum sub numele generic de "pu\u351?tii". Descre \u351?terea \u238?n \u238?n\u259?l\u355?ime, de la statura lui Ralph \u238?n jos , avea loc treptat; \u351?i, cu toate c\u259? exista o categorie confuz\u259?, c uprinz\u238?nd pe Simon, Robert \u351?i Maurice, nim\u259?nui nu-i era greu s\u2 59?-i recunoasc\u259? pe cei mari la un cap\u259?t \u351?i pe cei mici la cel\u2 59?lalt. Pu\u351?tii ne\u238?ndoielnici, cei de vreo \u351?ase ani, duceau o via \u355?\u259? a lor, foarte distinct\u259?, dar \u238?n acela\u351?i timp intens\

u259?. M\u238?ncau mai toat\u259? ziua, culeg\u238?nd fructe de unde reu\u351?ea u s\u259? ajung\u259?, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? str\u238?mbe din nas, dac\u259? er au sau nu coapte sau bune. Se obi\u351?nuiser\u259? cu durerile de stomac \u351? i cu un fel de diaree cronic\u259?. Sufereau spaime nem\u259?rturisite \u238?n b ezn\u259? \u351?i se ghemuiau unul \u238?ntr-altul, c\u259?ut\u238?nd \u238?ncur ajare, \u238?n afar\u259? de hran\u259? \u351?i de somn, \u238?\u351?i g\u259?se au timp pentru jocuri stupide \u351?i banale printre dunele de nisip alb de la \ u355?\u259?rmul m\u259?rii str\u259?lucitoare. Pl\u238?ngeau dup\u259? m\u259?mi cile lor mult mai pu\u355?in dec\u238?t te-ai fi putut a\u351?tepta; se bronzase r\u259? puternic \u351?i erau extrem de murdari. Ascultau chem\u259?rile cochili ei, mai ales fiindc\u259? \u238?n ea sufla Ralph, care, fiind destul de mare, re prezenta o leg\u259?tur\u259? cu universul adult al autorit\u259?\u355?ii; \u351 ?i, \u238?ntr-o oarecare m\u259?sur\u259?, fiindc\u259? le f\u259?cea pl\u259?ce re distrac\u355?ia de a se aduna. Altfel \u238?ns\u259?, rareori le p\u259?sa de cei mari \u351?i duceau o via\u355?\u259? a lor, \u238?n comun \u351?i plin\u25 9? de emo\u355?ii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ridicaser\u259? castele de nisip la st\u259?vilarul r\u238?ule\u355?ului. Aceste castele, \u238?nalte cam de treizec i de centimetri, erau \u238?mpodobite cu scoici, flori ofilite \u351?i pietre in teresante, \u238?n jurul castelelor se afla o mul\u355?ime de semne, c\u259?r\u2 59?ri, ziduri, \u351?ine de cale ferat\u259?, care nu c\u259?p\u259?tau sens dec \u238?t dac\u259? le priveai de la nivelul plajei. Aici se jucau pu\u351?tii, po ate nu prea ferici\u355?i, dar cel pu\u355?in ad\u238?nc preocupa\u355?i de dist rac\u355?iile lor, iar adeseori jucau c\u238?te trei \u238?mpreun\u259? acela\u3 51?i joc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Tot trei se jucau \u351?i acum \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Henry fiind cel mai \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nalt. Era rud\u259? \u23 8?ndep\u259?rtat\u259? cu cel\u259?lalt b\u259?iat, cel cu pata de culoarea dude i pe fa\u355?\u259?, care disp\u259?ruse \u238?nc\u259? din seara marelui foc; n u era \u238?ns\u259? destul de mare ca s\u259? priceap\u259? \u351?i, dac\u259? i s-ar fi spus c\u259? b\u259?iatul plecase acas\u259? cu un avion, ar fi accept at afirma\u355?ia f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? cr\u238?cneasc\u259? sau s\u259? se \u2 38?ndoiasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n acea dup\u259?-amiaz\u259?, H enry deveni un fel de conduc\u259?tor, fiindc\u259? ceilal\u355?i doi copii erau Percival \u351?i Johnny, cei mai mici b\u259?ie\u355?i de pe insul\u259?. Perci val avea p\u259?rul cenu\u351?iu \u351?i nu-i fusese foarte simpatic nici m\u259 ?car mamei lui; Johnny era bine f\u259?cut, blond \u351?i belicos din na\u351?te re. Acum devenise ascult\u259?tor, fiindc\u259? jocul \u238?l interesa: cei trei copii, \u238?ngenunchea\u355?i \u238?n nisip, st\u259?teau cumin\u355?i.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger \u351?i Maurice ie\u351?ir\u259? din p\u259?dure. Fuses er\u259? \u238?nlocui\u355?i la corvoada de la foc \u351?i cobor\u238?ser\u259? s\u259? se scalde. Roger \u238?i conduse direct prin castele, d\u259?r\u238?m\u2 38?ndu-le cu piciorul, \u238?ngrop\u238?nd florile \u351?i risipind pietrele ale se. Maurice \u238?l urm\u259?ri r\u238?z\u238?nd, m\u259?rind dezastrul. Cei tre i pu\u351?ti se oprir\u259? din joc \u351?i \u238?\u351?i ridicar\u259? priviril e, \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259?tor, semnele f\u259?cute de ei, \u351?i care \u238?i p reocupau \u238?n mod special, r\u259?maser\u259? neatinse, a\u351?a c\u259? nu p rotestar\u259?. Doar Percival \u238?ncepu s\u259? sc\u238?nceasc\u259?, fiindc\u 259? \u238?i intrase nisip \u238?n ochi, iar Maurice se gr\u259?bi s\u259? treac \u259? mai departe. Mai \u238?nainte, acas\u259?, Maurice fusese pedepsit deoare

ce aruncase cu nisip \u238?n ochii unui b\u259?iat mai mic. Acum, de\u351?i nu e xista nici un p\u259?rinte ca s\u259?-i trag\u259? c\u238?teva la fund, sim\u355 ?i totu\u351?i c\u259?in\u355?a \u238?n urma unui gest ur\u238?t. Prin minte \u2 38?i trecu o scuz\u259?. Murmur\u259? ceva \u238?n leg\u259?tur\u259? cu sc\u259 ?ldatul \u351?i o rupse la fug\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger r\u259?mase cu ochii la pu\u351?ti. Nu era cu mult mai bronzat dec\u238?t atunci c\u238?nd s\u259?rise din avion, dar claia de p\u259?r negru, l\u259?sat\u259? pe ceaf\u25 9? \u351?i pe frunte, p\u259?rea s\u259? mearg\u259? de minune cu fa\u355?a lui mohor\u238?t\u259?, f\u259?c\u238?nd ca atitudinea lui ini\u355?ial\u259? de izo lare s\u259? devin\u259? de-a dreptul resping\u259?toare. Percival \u238?ncet\u2 59? cu sc\u238?ncitul \u351?i \u238?\u351?i v\u259?zu mai departe de joac\u259?, fiindc\u259? lacrimile \u238?i sp\u259?laser\u259? nisipul din ochi. Johnny \u2 38?l urm\u259?ri cu ochii alba\u351?tri de por\u355?elan; apoi re\u238?ncepu s\u 259?-l \u238?mproa\u351?te cu nisip \u351?i \u238?n cur\u238?nd Perciva\plain \f 4 \fs18 l izbucni iar \u238?n pl\u238?ns.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Henry obosi c u joaca \u351?i o lu\u259? agale spre plaj\u259?, iar Roger \u238?l urm\u259?, \ u355?in\u238?ndu-se pe sub palmieri \u351?i apuc\u238?nd-o ca din \u238?nt\u238? mplare \u238?n aceea\u351?i direc\u355?ie. Henry dep\u259?\u351?i palmierii \u35 1?i umbra, fiind prea t\u238?n\u259?r ca s\u259? evite soarele. Cobor\u238? pe p laj\u259? \u351?i \u238?\u351?i g\u259?si de lucru pe \u355?\u259?rm. Fluxul uri a\u351? al Pacificului \u238?nainta, iar la fiecare c\u238?teva secunde apa rela tiv lini\u351?tit\u259? a lagunei se umfla \u351?i p\u259?trundea treptat pe mal . \u206?n acel ultim ostrov al m\u259?rii tr\u259?iau creaturi minuscule \u351?i transparente, venite \u238?n explorare o dat\u259? cu apa pe nisipul fierbinte \u351?i uscat. Cu organele lor delicate, cercetau noul t\u259?r\u238?m. Poate c\ u259? ap\u259?ruse hran\u259? acolo unde la ultima lor incursiune nu existase; e xcremente de p\u259?s\u259?ri, poate insecte, orice fel de r\u259?m\u259?\u351?i \u355?e ale vie\u355?ii terestre de pe insul\u259?. Ca o puzderie de din\u355?i mititei ai unui fer\u259?str\u259?u, creaturile transparente cur\u259?\u355?au p laja, asemenea unor gunoieri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pe Henry spectacolul \u23 8?l fascin\u259?. Scormoni \u238?n ap\u259? cu un b\u259?\u355? g\u259?sit \u238 ?nt\u238?mpl\u259?tor, ros \u351?i albit de valuri, \u238?ncerc\u238?nd s\u259? controleze mi\u351?c\u259?rile gunoierilor. Sap\u259? \u238?n nisip canale mici, pe care fluxul le umplu, \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? s\u259? le populeze cu acele creaturi. Opera\u355?iunea \u238?l captiv\u259?, produc\u238?ndu-i o bucurie im ens\u259?, c\u259?ci sim\u355?ea c\u259? exercita control asupra unor alte vie\u 355?uitoare. Vorbi cu ele, le \u238?mboldi, le d\u259?du ordine. Acoperite de re flux, urmele pa\u351?ilor s\u259?i devenir\u259? golfule\u355?e \u238?n care cre aturile erau \u355?inute prizoniere, l\u259?s\u238?ndu-i iluzia unei mari \u238? ndem\u238?n\u259?ri. Se ghemui pe \u355?\u259?rm, se aplec\u259?, o \u351?uvi\u3 55?\u259? \u238?i c\u259?zu pe frunte \u351?i \u238?n ochi, iar soarele dup\u259 ?-amiezei \u238?\u351?i goli \u238?n el tolba de s\u259?ge\u355?i invizibile.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger a\u351?tept\u259? \u351?i el. La \u238?nceput se as cunse pe dup\u259? trunchiul unui palmier uria\u351?; dar Henry se concentrase a t\u238?t de mult asupra creaturilor transparente, \u238?nc\u238?t \u238?n cele d in urm\u259? se ridic\u259? \u238?n picioare, la vedere. Se uit\u259? de-a lungu l plajei. Percival plecase pl\u238?ng\u238?nd, iar Johnny r\u259?m\u259?sese st\ u259?p\u238?nul singur \u351?i triumf\u259?tor al castelelor. St\u259?tea l\u238

?ng\u259? ele, fredona \u238?ncet \u351?i azv\u238?rlea cu nisip \u238?ntr-un Pe rcival imaginar. Roger vedea \u238?n spatele lui Henry platforma \u351?i sclipir ea jerbelor de ap\u259? pe c\u238?nd Ralph, Simon, Piggy \u351?i Maurice s\u259? reau \u238?n bazin. Ascult\u259? cu aten\u355?ie, dar \u238?i auzi slab.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O briz\u259? nea\u351?teptat\u259? scutur\u259? marginile palm ierilor, iar frunzele lor se mi\u351?car\u259? \u351?i tremurar\u259?. La dou\u2 59?zeci de metri deasupra lui Roger, un m\u259?nunchi de nuci de co\plain \f21 \ fs18 cos \u8213? buc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?\u355?i fibroase, mari ca ni\u351?te mingi de rugby \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? se desprinser\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? de pe cr\u259?ci. C\u259?zur\u259? \u238?n jurul lui, cu bu\u351?ituri \u238?nfu ndate, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259?-l loveasc\u259?. Roger nu se g\u238?ndi s\u259? fu g\u259?, ci se uit\u259? de la nucile de cocos la Henry \u351?i \u238?napoi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Pe sub palmieri se \u238?ntindea o \plain \f19 \fs18 plaj\u 259? \u238?nalt\u259?; milioane de valuri \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tiaser\u259? piet rele aflate odinioar\u259? pe nisipul altor plaje. Roger se aplec\u259?, ridic\u 259? o piatr\u259?, \u355?inti \u351?i o arunc\u259? \u238?n Henry \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? dar gre\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i \u355?inta. Piatra, r\u259?m\u259? \u351?i\u355?\u259? a unor vremuri absurde, rico\u351?\u259? la cinci metri \u23 8?n dreapta lui Henry \u351?i c\u259?zu \u238?n ap\u259?. Roger adun\u259? o m\u 238?n\u259? de pietre \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259? le arunce. Totu\u351?i, \u238? n jurul lui Henry r\u259?m\u238?nea un spa\u355?iu cu un diametru de vreo \u351? ase metri, unde nu \u238?ndr\u259?znea s\u259? arunce. Invizibile \u351?i putern ice, legile necru\u355?\u259?toare ale vie\u355?ii de mai \u238?nainte domneau \ u351?i aici. \u206?n jurul copilului ghemuit se afla protec\u355?ia p\u259?rin\u 355?ilor, a \u351?colii, a poli\u355?iei \u351?i a legii. Bra\u355?ul lui Roger era dirijat de o civiliza\u355?ie ruinat\u259?, care nu \u351?tia nimic despre e l.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Plesc\u259?iturile din ap\u259? \u238?l surprinser\u 259? pe Henry. P\u259?r\u259?si creaturile transparente \u351?i t\u259?cute \u35 1?i se concentr\u259?, ca un c\u238?ine de v\u238?n\u259?toare, asupra centrului cercurilor concentrice, pietrele c\u259?deau \u238?ntr-o parte \u351?i \u238?nt r-alta, iar Henry se \u238?ntorcea ascult\u259?tor, dar ve\u351?nic prea t\u238? rziu ca s\u259? le vad\u259? \u238?n aer. \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351?it, z\u259?ri u na \u351?i r\u238?se, c\u259?ut\u238?ndu-\u351?i prietenul care \u238?l nec\u259 ?jea, \u238?ns\u259? Roger se ascunsese din nou \u238?n dosul trunchiului de pal mier, sprijinit de el, sufl\u238?nd repede \u351?i clipind des. Henry pierdu int eresul asupra pietrelor \u351?i plec\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Rog er!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack st\u259?tea cam la zece metri dep\u259?rtare s ub un pom. C\u238?nd Roger deschise ochii \u351?i \u238?l v\u259?zu, pe pielea b runet\u259? se strecur\u259? o umbr\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?; Jack nu observ\u 259? \u238?ns\u259? nimic. Era neast\u238?mp\u259?rat, ner\u259?bd\u259?tor, \u2 38?i f\u259?cea semn cu m\u238?na s\u259? vin\u259?, a\u351?a c\u259? Roger se \ u238?ndrept\u259? spre el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La cap\u259?tul r\u238?ului

se afla un bazin mic de tot, st\u259?vilit de nisip \u351?i plin de nuferi albi \u351?i de trestii ca ni\u351?te ace. Aici a\u351?teptau Sam, Eric \u351?i Bill. Jack se feri de soare, \u238?ngenunche l\u238?ng\u259? bazin \u351?i deschise c ele dou\u259? frunze mari pe care le ducea \u238?n m\u238?n\u259?. \u206?ntr-una era argil\u259? alb\u259?, \u238?n cealalt\u259? argil\u259? ro\u351?ie. L\u238 ?ng\u259? ei g\u259?sir\u259? o bucat\u259? de mangal r\u259?mas\u259? de la foc .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?i explic\u259? lui Roger, \u238?n timp ce lucra.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Porcii nu m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? miro s. Cred \u238?ns\u259? c\u259? m\u259? v\u259?d. Un lucru roz pe sub pomi.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se m\u238?nji cu argil\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? De-a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351? avea ni\u351?te argil\u259? verde!\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?ntoarse spre Roger o\plain \f19 \fs18 fa\u355?\u259? ascuns\u2 59? pe jum\u259?tate \u351?i r\u259?spunse privirii lui uimite.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Ca s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u238?nez. Ca la r\u259?zboi. \u3 50?tii... vopsea de camuflaj. Ca lucrurile alea care vor s\u259? arate altfel... \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se schimonosi, \u238?ncerc\u238?nd s\u259? explice.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...ca fluturii de noapte pe pomi.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Roger \u238?l \u238?n\u355?elese \u351?i \u238?l aprob\u259? grav. Gem enii se apropiar\u259? de Jack \u351?i \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? protesteze tim id, \u238?ntr-o anumit\u259? problem\u259?. Jack le f\u259?cu semn s\u259?-l las e \u238?n pace.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Frec\u259? bucata de c\u259?rbune \u238?ntre petele ro\u351?ii \u351?i albe de p e fa\u355?\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu. Voi doi veni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i cu mine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd

rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? la reflexia lui \u2 38?n ap\u259? \u351?i \u238?i displ\u259?cu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se aplec\u 259?, ridic\u259? o m\u238?n\u259? de ap\u259? c\u259?ldu\u355?\u259? \u351?i \u 238?\u351?i sp\u259?l\u259? murd\u259?ria de pe fa\u355?\u259?. Spr\u238?ncenele de culoarea nisipului \u351?i pistruii ap\u259?rur\u259? la loc.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger z\u238?mbi f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? vrea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Dar murdar mai e\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 J ack voia s\u259?-\u351?i aranjeze altfel fa\u355?a. \u206?\u351?i vopsi cu alb u n obraz \u351?i o orbit\u259?, apoi se m\u238?nji cu ro\u351?u pe cealalt\u259? jum\u259?tate a fe\u355?ei \u351?i trase cu bucata de c\u259?rbune o d\u238?r\u2 59? neagr\u259? de la urechea dreapt\u259? la falca sting\u259?. Se uit\u259? \u 238?n bazin ca \u238?ntr-o oglind\u259?, dar r\u259?suflarea tulbur\u259? luciul apei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i Eric. Aduc e\u355?i-mi o nuc\u259? de cocos. Una goal\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206 ?ngenunche, \u355?in\u238?nd \u238?n m\u238?ini coaja plin\u259? cu ap\u259?. O pat\u259? rotund\u259? de soare \u238?i c\u259?zu pe fa\u355?\u259? \u351?i \u23 8?n ad\u238?ncurile apei se r\u259?sp\u238?ndi o str\u259?lucire. Se uit\u259? u imit, nu at\u238?t la sine, c\u238?t la un str\u259?in impun\u259?tor. V\u259?rs \u259? apa, s\u259?ri \u238?n picioare \u351?i r\u238?se emo\u355?ionat. L\u238? ng\u259? bazin, trupul lui musculos sus\u355?inea o masc\u259? menit\u259? s\u25 9? le atrag\u259? privirile \u351?i s\u259?-i \u238?nsp\u259?im\u238?nte. \u206? ncepu s\u259? danseze, iar r\u238?sul lui r\u259?sun\u259? ca un l\u259?trat \u2 38?nsetat de s\u238?nge. Porni \u355?op\u259?ind spre Bill, \u351?i masca p\u259 ?rea un lucru de sine st\u259?t\u259?tor, \u238?n spatele c\u259?ruia se ascunde a Jack, eliberat de ru\u351?ine \u351?i de timiditate. Fa\u355?a cu culori ro\u3 51?ii, albe \u351?i negre se cl\u259?tin\u259? prin aer \u351?i \u355?op\u259?i spre Bill. Acesta r\u238?se; apoi, deodat\u259?, t\u259?cu \u351?i se strecur\u2 59? \u238?n desi\u351?uri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack se repezi la gemeni.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ceila\plain \f19 \fs18 l\u355?i fac un \u351?ir. H ai!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b

rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ... noi...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i! Am s\u2 59? m\u259? furi\u351?ez \u351?i-am s\u259?-l \u238?njunghii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 19 \fs18 Masca \u238?i for\u355?\u259? s\u259?-l urmeze.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Ralph ie\u351?i din bazin, o apuc\u259? pe plaj\u259? \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u25 9? la umbra palmierilor, \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du peste cap p\u259?rul blond, lip it de spr\u238?ncene. Simon f\u259?cea pluta, b\u259?t\u238?nd apa cu picioarele , \u238?n timp ce Maurice se antrena la s\u259?rituri. Piggy se plimba \u238?ng\ u238?ndurat, ridic\u238?nd diverse lucruri la \u238?nt\u238?mplare \u351?i arunc \u238?ndu-le apoi. Fluxul acoperise b\u259?l\u355?ile dintre st\u238?nci care \u 238?l fascinaser\u259?, a\u351?a c\u259? nu era nimic interesant de v\u259?zut p \u238?n\u259? la reflux. Deodat\u259? \u238?l z\u259?ri pe Ralph pe sub palmieri \u351?i se duse s\u259? se a\u351?eze al\u259?turi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pi ggy avea ni\u351?te pantaloni scur\u355?i ferfeni\u355?i\u355?i, trupul gras i s e bronzase \u351?i, indiferent la ce se uita, lentilele ochelarilor sclipeau. Er a singurul b\u259?iat de pe insul\u259? al c\u259?rui p\u259?r p\u259?rea c\u259 ? nu cre\u351?te. Restul aveau adev\u259?rate cl\u259?i, dar p\u259?rul lui Pigg y \u238?i at\u238?rna \u238?n \u351?uvi\u355?e rare, ca \u351?i cum chelia ar fi fost condi\u355?ia lui fireasc\u259?, acest strat protector urm\u238?nd totu\u3 51?i s\u259? dispar\u259? repede, ca stratul moale de catifea d\plain \f4 \fs18 e pe coarnele cerbilor tineri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am g\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u238?ndit la un ceas, zise el. Am putea s\u259? facem un cadran solar. S\u259? \u238?nfigem un b\u259?\u355? \u238?n nisip \u351?i pe urm\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Efortul de a explica procesul matematic necesar se dovedi p rea mare. \u206?n schimb, flutur\u259? m\u238?na de mai multe ori.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i un aeroplan, \u351?i un aparat de televiziune, zise Ralph acru, \u351?i un motor cu aburi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Piggy cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ai multe materiale din metal pentru astfel de obiecte, \u3 51?i n-avem metal. Avem \u238?ns\u259? un b\u259?\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r

i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse \u351?i z\u238?mbi involuntar. Piggy te scotea din s\u2 59?rite; gr\u259?simea lui, astma asta-m\u259? \u351?i ideile lui practice te en ervau; aveai \u238?ntotdeauna o mic\u259? pl\u259?cere s\u259?-\u355?i ba\u355?i joc de el, chiar dac\u259? n-o f\u259?ceai \u238?nadins.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Piggy \u238?i v\u259?zu z\u238?mbetul \u351?i \u238?l interpret\u259? gre\u35 1?it, ca pe un semn de prietenie. Printre copiii mari se stabilise tacit consemn ul c\u259? Piggy era un intrus, nu numai din cauza accentului, care nu conta, c\ u238?t mai ales a gr\u259?simii, a asta-mei, a ochelarilor \u351?i a unei oareca re lipse de \u238?nclinare pentru munca manual\u259?. Acum, \u238?n\u355?eleg\u2 38?nd c\u259? o parte din cuvintele lui \u238?l f\u259?cuser\u259? pe Ralph s\u2 59? z\u238?mbeasc\u259?, se bucur\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? s\u259? c\u238 ?\u351?tige teren.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Avem o groaz\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? de be\u355?e. Am putea s\u259? facem un cadran solar cu fiecare. Atunci am \u351?ti c\u238?t e ceasul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mare scofal\pla in \f19 \fs18 \u259?! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai zis c\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? vrei s\u259? facem ceva. Ca s\u259? fim salva\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Ia m\plain \f4 \fs18 ai taci!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S\u259?ri \u238?n picioare \u351?i fugi spre bazin, chiar \u238?n clipa c\u238?nd Maurice executa o s\u259?ritur\u259? nu prea reu\u351?it\u259?. Ralph se bucur\u259? c\ u259? se ivise prilejul s\u259? schimbe discu\u355?ia. C\u238?nd Maurice ap\u259 ?ru la suprafa\u355?\u259?, \u238?i strig\u259?:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Ai s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rit pe burt\u259?! Ai s\u259?rit pe burt\u259?!\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Maur\plain \f19 \fs18 ice \u238?i z\u238?mbi \u351?i Ralph se l\u259?s\u259? u\u351?or \u238?n bazin. Dintre to\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?ii, el se sim\u355?ea cel mai bine \u238?n ap\u259?; ast\u259?zi \u238?ns\u259?, aga sat de faptul c\u259? se pomenise de salvare \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? inutila \ plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i caraghioasa lor salvare \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? nici ad\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ncurile verzi ale apei \u351?i nici soarele auriu \u35 1?i zdrobit nu-l mai consolau, \u238?n loc s\u259? r\u259?m\u238?n\u259? \u351?i s\u259? se joace, \u238?not\u259? cu mi\u351?c\u259?ri regulate pe sub trupul l ui Simon \u351?i ie\u351?i la cel\u259?lalt cap\u259?t al bazinului, unde se \u2 38?ntinse ml\u259?dios \u351?i ud ca o foc\u259?. Piggy, ve\u351?nic ne\u238?nde m\u238?natic, se scul\u259? \u351?i se apropie de el, dar Ralph se \u238?ntoarse pe burt\u259? \u351?i se pref\u259?cu c\u259? nu-l vede. Mirajele se destr\u259 ?maser\u259?, iar el \u351?i \u238?\u351?i plimb\u259? posac privirea de-a lungu

l orizontului \u238?ntins \u351?i albastru.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cli pa urm\u259?toare, s\u259?ri \u238?n picioare \u351?i strig\u259?:\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fum! Fum!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon, care \u238?ncerc\u 259? s\u259? ias\u259? din bazin, lu\u259? o gur\u259? de ap\u259?. Maurice, gat a s\u259? plonjeze, se \u238?ntoarse pe c\u259?lc\u238?ie, o zbughi spre platfor m\u259? \u351?i o coti spre iarba de sub palmieri. Acolo \u238?ncepu s\u259?-\u3 51?i trag\u259? chilo\u355?ii \u238?n zdren\u355?e, gata pentru orice eventualit ate.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u259?mas \u238?n picioare nemi\u351?cat, Ralph \ u238?\u351?i \u355?inea p\u259?rul peste cap cu o m\u238?n\u259?, iar pe cealalt \u259? o \u238?ncle\u351?tase. Simon se strecur\u259? pe br\u238?nci afar\u259? din ap\u259?. Piggy \u238?\u351?i frec\u259? ochelarii de chilo\u355?i \u351?i c lipi spre mare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice \u238?\u351?i v\u238?r\u238? am \u238?ndou\u259? picioarele printr-un crac al chilo\u355?ilor. Dintre to\u355?i, doar Ralph st\u259?tea lini\u351?\plain \f4 \fs18 tit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?d nici urm\u259? de fum, zise Piggy cu ne\u 238?ncredere. Nu v\u259?d nici urm\u259? de fum, Ralph, unde-o vezi?\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu r\u259?spunse, \u238?\u351?i \u238?ncle\u351?tase m\u238? inile pe frunte pentru ca p\u259?rul blond s\u259? nu-i cad\u259? pe ochi.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se aplec\u259? \u238?nainte, iar sarea \u238?ncepu s\u259?-i \u238?n\u259?lbeasc\u259? trup\plain \f4 \fs18 ul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Ralph, unde-i vaporul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon, care st\u259?tea al\ u259?turi, se uit\u259? de la Ralph la orizont, pantalonii lui Maurice se rupser \u259? cu un suspin \u351?i-i abandon\u259? ca pe o epav\u259?; se repezi spre p \u259?dure, apoi se \u238?ntoarse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 Fumul \u8213? un ghe m mic \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i str\u238?ns la orizont \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? se desf\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?cea \u238?ncet \u238?n fuioare. Sub fum ap\u259? ru o pat\u259? minuscul\u259?, care ar fi putut fi un co\u351? de vapor. Ralph e

ra palid \u351?i vorbea singur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Au s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vad\u259? fumul nostru...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy se uita a cum \u238?n direc\u355?ia bun\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu mi se p are c-ar fi ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse \u351?i scrut\u259? muntele. Ralph continua s\u259? urm\u259?reasc\u259? vaporul cu ochi lacomi. Fa\ u355?a lui \u238?\u351?i rec\u259?p\u259?tase culoarea. Simon st\u259?tea al\u25 9?turi t\u259?cut.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? d prea bine, zise Piggy, dar la noi se \u238?nal\u355?\u259? vreun fum?\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se mi\u351?c\u259? ner\u259?bd\u259?tor, p\u238?ndind \u2 38?nc\u259? vaporul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fumul de pe munte.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Maurice ve\plain \f19 \fs18 ni \u238?n fug\u259? \u351?i se hol b\u259? la mare. At\u238?t Simon, c\u238?t \u351?i Piggy se uitau \u238?n sus pe munte. Piggy \u238?\u351?i f\u259?cu ochii mici, dar Simon strig\u259?, ca \u35 1?i cum ar fi fost r\u259?nit:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph! Ralph!\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La vibra\u355?ia din glasul lui, Ralph se r\u259?suci pe nisip.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Spune-mi, zise Piggy nelini\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u351?\plain \f4 \fs18 tit, se vede vreun semnal?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph urm\u259?ri fumul ce se destr\u259?ma la orizont, apoi se uit\u259? \u238? n sus pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph, te rog! Se vede vreun se mnal?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br

drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon \u238?ntinse timid m\u238?na ca s\u259?-l a ting\u259? pe Ralph; acesta \u238?ns\u259? o rupse la fug\u259?, d\u259?du buzna prin apa mic\u259? de la cap\u259?tul bazinului, peste nisipul alb \u351?i fier binte \u351?i pe sub palmieri. Se lupt\u259? o clip\u259? cu desi\u351?urile car e \u238?ncepuser\u259? s\u259? acopere brazda. Simon fugi dup\u259? el, apoi Mau rice. Piggy strig\u259?: \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph! Te rog, Ralph! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncepu \u351?i el s\u259? fug\u259?, dar, \u238?n ainte de-a ajunge pe teras\u259?, se \u238?mpiedic\u259? de chilo\u355?ii arunca \u355?i de Maurice. \u206?n spatele celor patru b\u259?ie\u355?i, fumul se mi\u3 51?ca u\u351?or la orizont; pe plaj\u259?, Henry \u351?i Johnny aruncau cu nisip \u238?n Percival, care pl\u238?ngea din nou \u238?n t\u259?cere; to\u355?i trei ignorau cu des\u259?v\u238?r\u351?ire agita\u355?ia celor mai \plain \f4 \fs18 mari.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd Ralph ajunse la cap\u259?tul brazdei, \ u238?\u351?i trase sufletul ca s\u259? \u238?njure, \u238?\u351?i chinui cu disp erare trupul gol printre lianele \u238?n\u355?ep\u259?toare \u351?i se umplu de \u351?uvi\u355?e de s\u238?nge. Ralph se opri \u238?n locul unde \u238?ncepea as censiunea abrupt\u259? a muntelui. Maurice se afla la doar c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u 351?i \u238?n urm\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ochelarii lui Piggy! s trig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Ralph. Dac\u259? s-a stins focul o s-avem nevoie de ei...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncet\u259? s\u259? strige \u351?i se cl\u2 59?tin\u259?. Piggy de-abia se vedea, urc\u238?nd din greu de pe plaj\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se uit\u259? la orizont, apoi \u238?n susul muntelui . Merita s-aduci ochelarii lui Piggy, c\u238?nd vaporul avea s\u259? dispar\u259 ? \u238?ntre timp? \u206?nsemna s\u259? se ca\u355?ere \u351?i s\u259? g\u259?se asc\u259? focul stins, dar atunci nu le mai r\u259?m\u238?nea dec\u238?t s\u259? -l urm\u259?reasc\u259? pe Piggy cum suie costi\u351?a, \u238?n timp ce vaporul disp\u259?rea la orizont, \u238?n culmea disper\u259?rii \u351?i ros de nehot\u2 59?r\u238?re, Ralph strig\u259?:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O, Dumnezeule! O, Dumnezeule!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon, lupt\u238?ndu-se cu tufi\u351?ur ile, \u238?\u351?i \u355?inu r\u259?suflarea \u351?i se schimonosi. Ralph o porn i orbe\u351?te mai \u238?nainte, ca un s\u259?lbatic, \u238?n vreme ce \u351?uvi \u355?a de fum a vaporului se \u238?ndep\u259?rta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Focul

se stin\plain \f19 \fs18 sese. V\u259?zur\u259? imediat; \u238?n\u355?eleseser\ u259? ceea ce \u351?tiuser\u259? \u238?nc\u259? de jos de pe plaj\u259? c\u238?n d li se ar\u259?tase fumul bine cunoscut al salv\u259?rii. Focul se stinsese de tot, nu mai scotea fum, era mort; paznicii disp\u259?ruser\u259?. O gr\u259?mad\ u259? de combustibil se g\u259?sea acolo la \u238?ndem\u238?n\u259?\plain \f4 \f s18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre mare. Orizontul se \u 238?ntindea din nou, impersonal, golit de orice, \u238?n afar\u259? de d\u238?ra u\u351?oar\u259? de fum. Ralph o rupse la fug\u259? din greu printre st\u238?nc i, se a\u351?ez\u259? pe marginea recifului roz \u351?i \u355?ip\u259? la vapor. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?ntoarce-te! \u206?ntoar ce-te! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Fugi \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ncoace \u351?i \u23 8?ncolo de-a lungul recifului, cu chipul\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ndreptat tot timpul spre mare, iar vocea i se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? demen\u355?ial. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?ntoarce-te! \u206?ntoar ce-te!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ap\u259?rur\u259? Simon \u351?i Maurice. Ralph \ u238?i privi f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? clipeasc\u259?. Simon se \u238?ntoarse, \u35 1?terg\u238?ndu-\u351?i apa de pe obraji. Ralph c\u259?ut\u259? \u238?n minte ce a mai \u238?ngrozitoare \u238?njur\u259?tur\u259? pe care o cuno\u351?tea.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Au l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sat s\u259? se sting\u25 9? blestematul \u259?sta de foc!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? \u238?n j os, la partea ostil\u259? a muntelui. Se ivi \u351?i Piggy, cu r\u259?suflarea t \u259?iat\u259? \u351?i sc\u238?ncind ca un pu\u351?ti. Ralph \u238?\u351?i \u23 8?ncle\u351?t\u259? pumnii \u351?i ro\u351?i violent. \u206?\u351?i concentr\u25 9? privirea \u351?i, cu toat\u259? am\u259?r\u259?ciunea din voce, li se adres\u 259?:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite-i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jos, dep arte, printre st\u238?ncile roz sf\u259?r\u238?mate de l\u238?ng\u259? malul m\u 259?rii ap\u259?ru o procesiune. C\u238?\u355?iva dintre b\u259?ie\u355?i purtau \u351?epci negre, iar \u238?n rest erau aproape goi. Ridicau be\u355?ele simult an c\u238?nd d\u259?deau de un petic de p\u259?m\u238?nt mai u\u351?or de str\u2 59?b\u259?tut. Psalmodiau ceva \u238?n leg\u259?tur\u259? cu o boccea purtat\u25

9? cu mare grij\u259? de gemenii r\u259?t\u259?citori. Ralph \u238?l identific\u 259? de la distan\u355?\u259? pe Jack \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u238?nalt, cu p\u259?rul ro\u351?cat \u351?i, inevitabil, \u238?n frunt\plain \f4 \fs18 ea procesiunii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon se uit\u259? de la Ral ph la Jack, la fel cum se uitase de la Ralph la orizont, \u351?i spectacolul \u2 38?l \u238?nsp\u259?im\u238?nt\u259?. Ralph nu mai spunea nimic, a\u351?tepta s\ u259? se apropie procesiunea. Psalmodierea se distingea, de\u351?i la acea dista n\u355?\u259? cuvintele erau \u238?nc\u259? de ne\u238?n\u355?eles, \u238?n spat ele lui Jack mergeau gemenii, duc\u238?nd pe umeri un par lung. Un porc cur\u259 ?\u355?at de m\u259?runtaie se cl\u259?tina greoi pe par, \u238?n timp ce gemeni i se opinteau pe solul accidentat. Capul porcului at\u238?rna cu g\u238?tul desp icat, de parc\u259? ar fi c\u259?utat ceva pe jos. \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, c uvintele melopeei ajunser\u259? prin aer p\u238?n\u259? la ei, peste c\u259?ldar ea din munte plin\u259? de lemne \u238?nnegrite \u351?i cenu\u351?\u259?.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?njunghie porcul! Taie-i g\u23 8?tul! S\u259? lase s\u238?nge!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n timp ce cuvinte le \u238?ncepeau s\u259? se disting\u259?, procesiunea ajunse la por\u355?iunea cea mai abrupt\u259? a muntelui, apoi melopeea se stinse. Piggy se smiorc\u259?i , iar Simon s\u238?s\u238?i la el s\u259? tac\u259?, de parc\u259? ar fi vorbit tare \u238?n biseric\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cu chipul m\u238?njit de ar gil\u259?, Jack ajunse primul \u238?n v\u238?rf \u351?i, ridic\u238?nd suli\u355 ?a, \u238?l salut\u259? entuziasmat pe Ralph\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Uite! Am omor\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t un porc... ne-am furi\u35 1?at peste el... l-am \u238?ncercuit...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Dintre v\u238?n \u259?tori izbucnir\u259? voci.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ncercuit...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ne-am strecurat...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Porcul a gui\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?at...\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii st\u259?teau locului, iar porcul se cl\u259?tina \u238? ntre ei, l\u259?s\u238?nd s\u259? cad\u259? pic\u259?turi negre pe st\u238?nc\u2 59?. Cei doi p\u259?reau s\u259? se contopeasc\u259? \u238?n acela\u351?i z\u238

?mbet larg \u351?i extatic. Jack avea prea multe lucruri s\u259?-i spun\u259? ur gent lui Ralph. \u206?n schimb, \u355?op\u259?i c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u351?i, apoi \u238?\u351?i aminti de demnitatea lui \u351?i r\u259?mase lini\u351?tit \u351? i z\u238?mbitor. Observ\u259? c\u259? avea s\u238?nge pe m\u238?ini, se str\u238 ?mb\u259? de grea\u355?\u259?, c\u259?ut\u259? ceva cu care s\u259? \u351?i le c ure\u355?e, apoi le \u351?terse pe chilo\u355?i \u351?i r\u238?se.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i l\u259?sat s\u259? se sting\u259? focul! zise Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack recunoscu, u\u351?or enervat, aceast\u259? sc\u259?pare, dar era prea \u238?nc\u238?ntat ca s\u259? se nec\u25 9?jeasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-l ap rindem din nou. Ar fi trebuit s\u259? vii cu noi, Ralph. Ne-am distrat nemaipome nit. Gemenii au fost tr\u238?nti\u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am l ovit porcul...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...eu am c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u25 9?zut peste el...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? I-am t\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ?iat grumazul, zise Jack m\u238?ndru, dar tres\u259?rind. Pot s\u259? iau bricea gul t\u259?u, Ralph, ca s\u259? fac o crest\u259?tur\u259? pe m\u238?ner?\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii tr\u259?nc\u259?neau \u351?i \u355?op\u259? iau. Gemenii continuar\u259? s\u259? z\u238?mbeasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Au curs r\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?uri de s\u238?nge, zise Jack, r\u238 ?z\u238?nd \u351?i cutremur\u238?ndu-se, ar fi trebuit s\u259? vezi!\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mergem la v\u238?n\u259?toare \u238?n fiecare zi...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph vorbi din nou, r\u259?gu\u3 51?it.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i l\u259?sat s\ u259? se sting\u259? focul! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Repetarea \u238?l nelini\u

351?ti pe Jack. Se uit\u259? la gemeni, apoi din nou la Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? A trebuit s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i iau cu mine la v\u238?n\u2 59?toare, c\u259?ci n-am fi fost destui ca s\u259? \u238?ncercuim porcul, zise e l.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ro\u351?i, con\u351?tient c\u259? f\u259?cuse o gre\ u351?eal\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Focul nu s-a stins dec\plain \f 4 \fs18 \u238?t\plain \f19 \fs18 de o or\u259? sau dou\u259?. O s\u259?-l aprin dem iar...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Observ\u259? c\u259? Ralph era gol \u351?i z g\u238?riat pe trup, iar apoi sesiz\u259? t\u259?cerea sumbr\u259? a celor patru . \u206?ncerc\u259?, m\u259?rinimos \u238?n bucuria lui, s\u259?-i ia p\u259?rta \u351?i la cele \u238?nt\u238?mplate. Avea o mul\u355?ime de amintiri, amintiril e senza\u355?iei c\u238?nd \u238?ncercuiser\u259? porcul ce se zb\u259?tea, senz a\u355?ia c\u259? fuseser\u259? mai dibaci dec\u238?t o alt\u259? fiin\u355?\u25 9?, c\u259? \u238?i impuseser\u259? voin\u355?a lor \u351?i c\u259? \u238?i luas er\u259? via\u355?a, a\u351?a cum ar fi \u238?nghi\u355?it o b\u259?utur\u259? p l\u259?cut\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i desf\u259?cu larg bra\u 355?ele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar fi trebuit s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? vezi s\u238?ngele!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 V\u238?n\u259?torii erau mai t\u25 9?cu\u355?i acum, dar la aceste cuvinte zumzetul se isc\u259? iar. Ralph \u238?\ u351?i d\u259?du p\u259?rul peste cap. Ar\u259?t\u259? cu bra\u355?ul spre orizo ntul pustiu. Vorbi violent \u351?i s\u259?lbatic, reduc\u238?ndu-i la t\u259?cer e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A trecut un vapor!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Confruntat brusc cu toate implica\u355?iile amenin\u355?\u259?toare ale situa\u3 55?iei, Jack se feri din fa\u355?a lor. Puse o m\u238?n\u259? pe porc \u351?i \u 238?\u351?i trase din el cu\u355?itul. Ralph cobor\u238? bra\u355?ul cu pumnul \ u238?ncle\u351?tat, iar vocea \u238?i tremur\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? A trecut un vapor. Pe-acolo. Ai spus c-ai s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u355?i i focul aprins \u351?i l-ai l\u259?sat s\u259? se sting\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f1

9 \fs18 P\u259?\u351?i spr\plain \f4 \fs18 e Jack, care se \u238?ntoarse, \u238? nfrunt\u238?ndu-l.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar fi putut s\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? ne vad\u259?. Am fi putut s\u259? ne \u238?ntoarcem acas\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cuvintele lui se dovedir\u259? prea amare pentru Piggy, car e, disperat de ocazia pierdut\u259?, uit\u259? de timiditate, \u238?ncepu s\u259 ? strige tare, strident:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu \plain \f19 \fs18 \ u351?i animalele tale ucise, Jack Merridew! Tu \u351?i v\u238?n\u259?toarea ta! Am fi putut s\u259? plec\u259?m acas\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph \u23 8?l \u238?mbr\u238?nci pe Piggy. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?eful; \u351?i trebuia s\u259? face\u355?i ce v-am spus. Num ai gura e de voi. Nu s\u238?nte\u355?i \u238?n stare nici m\u259?car s\u259? rid ica\u355?i ni\u351?te colibe; pe urm\u259? pleca\u355?i la v\u238?n\u259?toare \ u351?i l\u259?sa\u355?i focul s\u259? se sting\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ndep\u259?rt\u259? \u351?i t\u259?cu o clip\u259?. Apoi glasul \u238?i r\u259?sun\u259? din nou, \u238?ntr-o izbucnire de m\u238?nie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? A trecut un vapor...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Unul dintre v\u23 8?n\u259?torii mai mici \u238?ncepu s\u259? se vaiete. Tristul adev\u259?r p\u25 9?trundea \u238?n fiecare. Jack ro\u351?i puternic, \u238?n timp ce ciop\u238?r\ u355?ea \u351?i smulgea halci din porc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Treaba era prea grea. Am avut nevoie de to\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i v\u238?n\u259?torii .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? N-aveai dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t s\u259?-i iei c\u238?nd se termina const ruc\u355?ia ad\u259?posturilor. Dar \u355?i-a venit chef s\u259? v\u238?nezi...\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Aveam nevoie de car\plain \f4 \fs18 ne.\par \pa

rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La aceste cuvinte, Jack se ridic\u259? \u238?n picioare, \u355 ?in\u238?nd cu\u355?itul plin de s\u238?nge. Cei doi b\u259?ie\u355?i se \u238?n fruntar\u259?, \u238?ntr-o parte se afla lumea str\u259?lucitoare a v\u238?n\u25 9?torii, a tacticii, a bucuriilor s\u259?lbatice, a \u238?ndem\u238?n\u259?rii; \u238?n cealalt\u259?, lumea nostalgiei, a bunului sim\u355? ultragiat. Jack \u2 38?\u351?i trecu cu\u355?itul \u238?n m\u238?na st\u238?ng\u259? \u351?i se m\u2 38?nji cu s\u238?nge pe frunte c\u238?nd \u238?\u351?i trase \u238?n jos p\u259? rul care i se lipise de \u355?east\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-ar fi trebuit s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? l\u259?sa\u355?i focul s\u259? se sting\u25 9?. A\u355?i zis c-o s\u259? ave\u355?i grij\u259? s\u259? ias\u259? mereu fum.. . re\u238?ncepu Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Re\plain \f19 \fs18 pro\u351?ul l ui Piggy, ca \u351?i smiorc\u259?iturile de aprobare din partea unora dintre v\u 238?n\u259?tori, \u238?l \u238?mpinser\u259? pe Jack la acte violente, \u238?n o chii lui alba\u351?tri luci o lumini\u355?\u259? amenin\u355?\u259?toare. F\u259 ?cu un pas, iar apoi, capabil \u238?n cele din urm\u259? s\u259? loveasc\u259? p e cineva, \u238?i trase un pumn lui Piggy \u238?n stomac. Piggy c\u259?zu \u351? i gemu. Jack se aplec\u259? peste el. Sim\u355?indu-se umilit, vocea \u238?i tr\ u259?da ura.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asta ai vrut, nu? Fatty!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Ralph p\u259?\u351?i \u351?i el \u238?nainte, iar Jack \u238?l p lesni pe Piggy \u238?n cap. Ochelarii lui Piggy zburar\u259? \u351?i zdr\u259?ng \u259?nir\u259? pe st\u238?nci. Piggy strig\u259? \u238?ngrozit:\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ochelarii!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Porni \u238?n patru labe s \u259?-i caute pe st\u238?nci, dar Simon, care ajunse primul, \u238?i g\u259?si. Pe v\u238?rful muntelui, ura, b\u259?t\u238?nd din aripi amenin\u355?\u259?toar e, \u238?l \u238?nconjura pe Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S-a spart o lentil\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?n\u351?f ac\u259? ochelarii \u351?i \u351?i-i puse pe nas. Se uit\u259? du\u351?m\u259?no s la Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mi trebuie o chelarii. Acum nu mai am dec\u238?t un ochi. Las' c\u259? vezi tu...\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br

drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Jack f\u259?cu o mi\u351?care spre Piggy, care o rupse la fug\u259 ?, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd \u238?ntre ei se afla o st\u238?nc\u259? mare. \u206 ?\u351?i scoase capul pe deasupra ei \u351?i \u238?l privi fioros pe Jack cu o l entil\u259? sclipitoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...Acum am un singur o chi. A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?teapt\u259? numai...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?i maimu\u355?\u259?ri smiorc\u259?itul \u351?i fuga.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Tu s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? a\u351?tep\u355?i... dobitocule!\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u351?i \u238?ntreaga parodie erau at\u238?t de comici , \u238?nc\u238?t v\u238?n\u259?torii \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? r\u238?d\u259?. Jack se sim\u355?i \u238?ncurajat. Continu\u259? s\u259? se ca\u355?ere \u351?i r\u238?sul deveni isteric. F\u259?r\u259? s\u259? vrea, Ralph sim\u355?i c\u259 ? buzele \u238?i tresar; era furios c\u259? se l\u259?sa influen\u355?at de v\u2 38?n\u259?tori.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A fost o glum\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? proast\u259?, murmur\u259? el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se opri din str\u238?mb\u259?turi \u351?i r\u259?mase cu fa\u355?a la Ralph. Cuvintele \u238 ?i izbucnir\u259? ca un strig\u259?t.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bi ne! Foarte bine!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? la Piggy, la v\u238?n\u25 9?tori, la Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?mi pa re r\u259?u. \u206?n privin\u355?a focului, vreau s\u259? spun. Te asigur, \u238 ?mi...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i \u238?ndrept\u259? trupul.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?mi cer iertare.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 \u206?n fa\u355?a acestei purt\u259?ri cavalere\u351?ti, v\u238?n\u

259?torii se foir\u259? plini de admira\u355?ie. Evident, erau de p\u259?rere c\ u259? Jack procedase a\u351?a cum se cuvine \u351?i c\u259?, cer\u238?ndu-\u351? i generos iertare, dob\u238?ndise un fel de superioritate asupra lui Ralph, care se plasase \u238?ntr-o pozi\u355?ie inferioar\u259?. A\u351?teptau un r\u259?sp uns politicos \u351?i potrivit\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350? i totu\u351?i, g\u238?tlejul lui Ralph refuz\u259? s\u259?-l articuleze. Se sim\ u355?ea jignit, \u238?n afara purt\u259?rii condamnabile a lui Jack, \u351?i de aceast\u259? \u351?mecherie verbal\u259?. Focul se stinsese, vaporul plecase. Nu -\u351?i d\u259?deau seama? \u206?n locul cuvintelor politicoase, izbucni m\u238 ?nia:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 A fost o \u351?mecherie ur\u238?t\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u259?maser\u259? t\u259?cu\u355?i p e v\u238?rful muntelui; \u238?n ochii lui Jack se ivi o lumin\u259? opac\u259?, apoi se stinse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ultimele cuvinte ale lui Ralph r\u259?s unar\u259? ca un murmur nepl\u259?cut.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte b ine. Aprinde\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i focul!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n fa \u355?a unei ac\u355?iuni utile, tensiunea sc\u259?zu pu\u355?in. Ralph t\u259?c u, nemi\u351?cat, cu ochii la cenu\u351?a din jurul picioarelor. Jack era zgomot os \u351?i activ. D\u259?dea ordine, c\u238?nta, fluiera, \u238?i f\u259?cea obs erva\u355?ii lui Ralph, care t\u259?cea, observa\u355?ii ce nu necesitau r\u259? spuns \u351?i nu puteau deci s\u259?-i aduc\u259? o replic\u259? dispre\u355?uit oare; \u351?i totu\u351?i, Ralph t\u259?cea. Nimeni, nici chiar Jack, nu \u238?n dr\u259?znea s\u259?-i cear\u259? s\u259? se mi\u351?te, iar \u238?n cele din ur m\u259? trebuir\u259? s\u259? aprind\u259? focul la trei metri mai \u238?ncolo, \u238?ntr-un loc mai pu\u355?in potrivit. Astfel, Ralph \u238?\u351?i afirma rol ul de conduc\u259?tor \u351?i, chiar dac\u259? s-ar fi g\u238?ndit zile \u238?nt regi, n-ar fi reu\u351?it s\u259? g\u259?seasc\u259? o cale mai bun\u259?. \u206 ?mpotriva acestei arme, at\u238?t de vag\u259? \u351?i de eficient\u259?, Jack e ra neputincios \u351?i turba de m\u238?nie, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? \u351?tie exa ct de ce. P\u238?n\u259? s\u259? se ridice mormanul de cr\u259?ci, se aflau pe p ozi\u355?ii com\plain \f4 \fs18 plet diferite.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?n d s\u259? aprind\u259? focul, se produse o nou\u259? criz\u259?. Jack n-avea cu ce s\u259?-l aprind\u259?. Atunci, spre surprinderea lui, Ralph se duse la Piggy \u351?i \u238?i lu\u259? ochelarii. Nici m\u259?car el nu-\u351?i d\u259?du sea ma cum leg\u259?tura care se rupsese \u238?ntre el \u351?i Jack se re\u238?nnod\ u259? \u238?n cu totul alt\u259? parte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am s\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u355?i-i aduc \u238?napoi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br

drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? Vin \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i eu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy r\u259?mase \u238?n spatele lui, izolat \u238?ntr-o mare de culori f\u259?r\u259? sens, \u23 8?n timp ce Ralph \u238?ngenunchea \u351?i a\u355?intea lentila lucioas\u259?, \ u238?n clipa c\u238?nd focul se aprinse, Piggy \u238?ntinse m\u238?inile \u351?i \u238?\u351?i lu\u259? \u238?napoi ochelarii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n fa\u355?a acestei flori fantastic de atr\u259?g\u259?toare, violet\u259?, ro\u35 1?ie \u351?i galben\u259?, du\u351?m\u259?nia se risipi. Erau un cerc de b\u259? ie\u355?i \u238?n jurul unui foc de tab\u259?r\u259?, a\u351?a c\u259? p\u238?n\ u259? \u351?i Piggy \u351?i Ralph fur\u259? aproape c\u238?\u351?tiga\u355?i. C\ u238?\u355?iva b\u259?ie\u355?i o rupser\u259? la fug\u259? pe costi\u351?\u259? ca s\u259? mai aduc\u259? lemne de foc, \u238?n timp ce Jack ciop\u238?r\u355?e a porcul, \u238?ncercar\u259? s\u259?-l \u355?in\u259? \u238?ntr-un pro\u355?ap, deasupra focului, dar lemnul arse mai \u238?nainte ca porcul s\u259? se rumenea sc\u259?, \u238?n cele din urm\u259?, \u238?nfipser\u259? halci de carne \u238?n cr\u259?ci \u351?i le \u355?inur\u259? la foc; chiar \u351?i a\u351?a, jarul \u 238?i p\u238?rli aproape pe to\u355?i o dat\u259? cu carnea de porc.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 Ralph ezit\u259?. Voia s\u259? refuze, dar regimul alc\u259?tuit d oar din fructe \u351?i nuci de cocos, iar uneori din c\u238?te un pe\u351?te sau un crab, \u238?l \u238?ntrema prea pu\u355?in. Accept\u259? o bucat\u259? de ca rne pe jum\u259?tate fript\u259? \u351?i o \u238?nfulec\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f1 9 \fs18 Piggy, ezit\u238?nd \u351?i el, spuse:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mie nu-mi da\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack inten\u355? ionase s\u259?-l lase \u238?n nesiguran\u355?\u259?, ca o afirmare a puterii; Pi ggy \u238?ns\u259?, subliniind omisiunea, st\u238?rni o \u238?nte\u355?ire a cru zimii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu n-ai v\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nat!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nici Ralph n-a v\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nat, zise P iggy c\plain \f19 \fs18 u lacrimi \u238?n ochi, \u351?i nici Simon.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 Ridic\u259? pu\u355?in glasul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4

26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ntr-un crab e foarte pu\u355?in\u259? carne!\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se foi jenat. Simon, a\u351?ezat \u238?ntre gemeni \u351?i Pigg y, se \u351?terse la gur\u259? \u351?i \u238?mpinse pe deasupra st\u238?ncilor p or\u355?ia lui de carne spre Piggy, care o apuc\u259? iute. Gemenii chicotir\u25 9?, iar Simon \u238?\u351?i cobor\u238? fruntea ru\u351?inat.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Atunci Jack s\u259?ri \u238?n picioare, t\u259?ie o halc\u259? \u351?i-o arunc\u259? la picioarele lui Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259?n\u238?nc\u259?. Du-te dracului!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\ u259? furios la Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia-o!\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se r\u259?suci pe c\u259?lc\u238?ie, \u238?n mijlocul cercului de copii u imi\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?\plain \f4 \fs18 i-am dat carne!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Accesul lui de furie \u238?nsp\u2 59?im\u238?nt\u259?toare ascundea nenum\u259?rate \u351?i inexprimabile complexe .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mi-am vopsit fa\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?a... m -am strecurat. Acum m\u238?nca\u355?i... to\u355?i... iar eu...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 19 \fs18 \u206?ncet, t\u259?cerea de pe v\u238?rful muntelui se \u238?ntinse p\u 238?n\u259? c\u238?nd trosnetele focului \u351?i sf\u238?r\u238?itul moale al c\ u259?rnii pr\u259?jite se auzir\u259? limpede. Jack se uit\u259? \u238?mprejur, solicit\u238?nd \u238?n\u355?elegere, dar g\u259?si doar respect. Ralph, r\u259? mas \u238?n cenu\u351?a focului de semnalizare, st\u259?tea cu carnea \u238?n m\ u238?ini, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mauric e rupse, \u238?n sf\u238?rsit, t\u259?cerea. Schimb\u259? subiectul \u351?i-l al ese pe singurul care putea s\u259? uneasc\u259? majoritatea b\u259?ie\u355?ilor. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0

\cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde-ai g\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sit porcul?\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger ar\u259?t\u259? spre partea ostil\u259? a insulei. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Erau acolo... l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ng\u259 ? mare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?\u351?i reveni, nesuport\u238?nd ca altcineva s\u259?-i spun\u259? povestea. Interveni repede.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 Ne-am r\u259?sp\u238?ndit. M-am furi\u351?at pe m\ u238?ini \u351?i pe genunchi. Suli\u355?ele au c\u259?zut din el fiindc\u259? naveau v\u238?rfuri de fier. Porcul a fugit, gui\u355?\u238?nd groaznic...\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S-a \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntors, a p\u259?truns \u2 38?n cercul nostru \u351?i, plin de s\u238?nge...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 To\u3 55?i b\u259?ie\u355?ii vorbeau \u238?n acela\u351?i timp, u\u351?ura\u355?i sufl ete\u351?te \u351?i plini de entuziasm.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am \p lain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ncercuit...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Prima lovitur\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? i-a paralizat picioarele din spate, a\u351?a c\u259? cer cul s-a str\u238?ns, l-am lovit, \u351?i-am \u355?inut-o \u238?ntr-una...\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? I-am t\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?iat g\u238?tul...\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii, r\u238?njind identic, s\u259?rir\u259? \u351?i fugi r\u259? unul dup\u259? altul. Apoi participar\u259? la joc \u351?i ceilal\u355?i , gui\u355?\u238?nd ca ni\u351?te porci pe moarte \u351?i strig\u238?nd:\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i una \u238?n cap!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Arde-o la mir!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice f\u259?c

u pe porcul \u351?i fugi gui\u355?\u238?nd \u238?n centru, iar v\u238?n\u259?tor ii \u238?l \u238?nconjurar\u259? \u351?i se pref\u259?cur\u259? c\u259?-l lovesc . C\u238?ntau \u238?n timp ce \u355?op\u259?iau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?n\plain \f19 \fs18 junghie porcul! Taie-i grumazul! Zdr obe\u351?te-i capul!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?i privi cu invidie \u3 51?i ur\u259?. Obosir\u259? \u351?i c\u238?ntecul lor se stinse. Ralph vorbi. \p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Convoc o adunare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se op rir\u259? treptat \u351?i r\u259?maser\u259? cu ochii la el.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia. Cer s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aib\u259? loc o \u238?n trunire, chiar dac\u259? o s-o \u355?inem pe \u238?ntuneric. Jos pe platform\u25 9?. C\u238?nd am s\u259? suflu \u238?n cochilie. Acum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse \u351?i cobor\u238? muntele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 V\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fiara din ap\u259?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fluxul \u238?nainta, iar \u238?ntre ap\u259? \u351?i st\u238?ncile albe \u351?i f\u259?r\u238?micioase de l\u238?ng\u259? terasa cu palmieri se \u238?ntindea d oar o f\u238?\u351?ie sub\u355?ire de plaj\u259? solid\u259?. Ralph o apuc\u259? pe f\u238?\u351?ia care sem\u259?na cu o c\u259?rare; trebuia s\u259? reflectez e, \u351?i doar aici putea merge \u238?n voie, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? se uite pe unde calc\u259?. Deodat\u259?, \u238?n timp ce p\u259?\u351?ea pe l\u238?ng\u25 9? ap\u259?, \u238?l cople\u351?i uimirea, \u238?n\u355?elese brusc plictiseala

acestei vie\u355?i, unde fiecare potec\u259? era o improviza\u355?ie, iar o bun\ u259? parte din via\u355?a treaz\u259? \u355?i-o petreceai urm\u259?rindu-\u355? i picioarele. Se opri, cu fa\u355?a la f\u238?\u351?ia de uscat; \u351?i, aminti ndu-\u351?i de prima explorare entuziast\u259? ca de un am\u259?nunt dintr-o cop il\u259?rie \u238?nc\u238?nt\u259?toare, z\u238?mbi batjocoritor. Apoi se \u238? ntoarse cu chipul \u238?n soare \u351?i o lu\u259? \u238?napoi spre platform\u25 9?. Venise vremea s\u259? se \u355?in\u259? adunarea \u351?i, \u238?n timp ce \u 238?nainta printre razele soarelui care ascundeau decorul splendid, rev\u259?zu atent fiecare punct al discursului. Nu trebuia s\u259? fac\u259? nici o gre\u351 ?eal\u259? la aceast\u259? adunare, s\u259? evite g\u238?ndurile trec\u259?toare \u351?i fanteziste...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se pierdu \u238?n labirintul lor , c\u259?ci lipsa cuvintelor care s\u259? le exprime le f\u259?cea vagi. Se \u23 8?ncrunt\u259? \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? din nou.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aduna rea nu avea s\u259? fie o distrac\u355?ie, ci o treab\u259? serioas\u259?.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncepu s\u259? mearg\u259? mai repede, con\u351?tient d eodat\u259? de importan\u355?a ei, de soarele \u238?n asfin\u355?it, ca \u351?i de v\u238?ntul slab, care \u238?i sufla \u238?n fa\u355?\u259?, st\u238?rnit de pa\u351?ii lui gr\u259?bi\u355?i. V\u238?ntul \u238?i lipi c\u259?ma\u351?a cenu \u351?ie de piept \u351?i \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n aceast\u259? nou\u259? dispozi\u355?ie \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? faldurile ei se f\u259?cuser\u259? \u355? epene ca de carton \u351?i nepl\u259?cute la purtat; \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du iar \u259?\u351?i seama c\u259? marginile zdren\u355?uite ale chilo\u355?ilor \u238? l rodeau \u351?i-i l\u259?sau o t\u259?ietur\u259? roz\u259? sup\u259?r\u259?toa re pe pulpe. Cuprins de sc\u238?rb\u259?, Ralph descoperi murd\u259?ria \u351?i descompunerea; \u238?n\u355?elese c\u238?t de nepl\u259?cut era s\u259?-\u351?i \u238?ndep\u259?rteze mereu de pe ochi p\u259?rul \u238?nc\u238?lcit, iar dup\u2 59? apusul soarelui s\u259? se \u238?ntind\u259? cu zgomot printre frunzele usca te ca s\u259? se odihneasc\u259?, \u238?ncepu s\u259? gr\u259?beasc\u259? pasul. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Plaja de l\u238?ng\u259? bazin se umpluse de grupuri d e copii care a\u351?teptau s\u259? \u238?nceap\u259? adunarea, \u238?i f\u259?cu r\u259? loc cu to\u355?ii, con\u351?tien\u355?i de aerul lui posomor\u238?t \u35 1?i de gre\u351?eala cu focul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Adunarea se \u355?inea \ u238?ntr-un fel de triunghi grosolan, neregulat \u351?i str\u238?mb, ca tot ce f \u259?ceau ei. O latur\u259? era alc\u259?tuit\u259? de bu\u351?teanul pe care \ u351?edea el \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? un pom pr\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?bu\u351? it, mult prea voluminos pentru ca s\u259? fi crescut pe platform\u259?. Poate c\ u259? una dintre furtunile legendare ale Pacificului \u238?l adusese acolo. Trun chiul z\u259?cea paralel cu plaja, iar c\u238?nd Ralph se a\u351?ez\u259? pe el, se trezi cu fa\u355?a la insul\u259?, de\u351?i copiii nu vedeau dec\u238?t o s iluet\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?, proiectat\u259? pe laguna sclipitoare. Celelal te dou\u259? laturi ale triunghiului, a c\u259?rui baz\u259? o reprezenta bu\u35 1?teanul, se delimitau \u351?i mai pu\u355?in clar. \u206?n dreapta, un bu\u351? tean lustruit fiindc\u259? se a\u351?ezaser\u259? pe el prea mul\u355?i b\u259?i e\u355?i ner\u259?bd\u259?tori, dar mai pu\u355?in larg \u351?i confortabil dec\

u238?t al \u351?efului. La st\u238?nga, al\u355?i patru bu\u351?teni mai mici, u nul dintre ei \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? cel mai \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ndep\u25 9?rtat \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? groaznic de instabil. Nenum\plain \f19 \fs18 \u 259?rate adun\u259?ri se \u238?ntrerupseser\u259? \u238?n hohote de r\u238?s, c\ u238?nd un b\u259?iat se aplecase prea mult pe spate, iar bu\u351?teanul aluneca se \u351?i r\u259?sturnase vreo \u351?ase copii pe iarb\u259?. \u350?i totu\u351 ?i, acum Ralph \u238?n\u355?elese c\u259? nim\u259?nui nu-i venise \u238?n minte \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? nici m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?car lui, lui Jack sau l ui Piggy \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aduc\u259? un bolov an \u351?i s\u259?-l v\u238?re sub bu\u351?tean. Vor avea deci de \u238?nfruntat instabilitatea bu\u351?teanului, fiindc\u259?, fiindc\u259?... Se cufund\u259? din nou \u238?n g\u238?nduri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n fa\u355?a fiec\u2 59?rui trunchi iarba se tocise, dar \u238?n centrul triunghiului cre\u351?tea \u 238?nalt\u259? \u351?i nec\u259?lcat\u259?. La v\u238?rf se \u238?ndesea din nou , fiindc\u259? nimeni nu se a\u351?eza acolo. Locul de adunare era \u238?nconjur at de trunchiuri cenu\u351?ii, drepte sau aplecate, sus\u355?in\u238?nd acoperi\ u351?ul scund de frunze, \u238?n l\u259?turi \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? plaja; \p lain \f4 \fs18 \u238?n spatele ei \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? laguna; \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n fa\u355?\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? bezna insulei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse pe locul \u351?efului. Nu \u355?inuser\u25 9? niciodat\u259? o \u238?ntrunire la o or\u259? at\u238?t de t\u238?rzie. De ac eea totul p\u259?rea deosebit. De obicei, interiorul acoperi\u351?ului verde era luminat de o \u238?nc\u238?lceal\u259? de reflexe aurii, iar luminile c\u259?de au de sus \u238?n jos pe chipurile lor, ca atunci, \u238?\u351?i spuse Ralph, c\ u238?nd \u355?ii un felinar. Acum \u238?ns\u259?, soarele aluneca piezi\u351?\pl ain \f4 \fs18 , iar umbrele se asterneau firesc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206? l cuprinse din nou o dispozi\u355?ie ciudat\u259?, foarte neobi\u351?nuit\u259?. Dac\u259? fe\u355?ele ar\u259?tau altfel c\u238?nd erau luminate de deasupra sa u de dedesubt \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ce mai era o fa\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?\ u259?? Ce sens avea totul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se foi ner\u259?bd\u25 9?tor. Din nenorocire, fiind \u351?ef, trebuia s\u259? g\u238?ndeasc\u259?, s\u2 59? fie \u238?n\u355?elept. Altfel, pierdea ocaziile \u351?i trebuia neap\u259?r at s\u259? ia hot\u259?r\u238?ri. Trebuia s\u259? reflecteze; iar reflectatul er a pre\u355?ios, avea urm\u259?ri...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 A\u351?ezat pe locu l \u351?efului, Ralph conchise c\u259? nu putea reflecta. Nu ca Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f4 \fs18 \u206?n acea\plain \f19 \fs18 sear\u259?, Ralph trebui din nou s \u259?-\u351?i revizuiasc\u259? valorile. Piggy \u351?tia s\u259? g\u238?ndeasc\ u259?, Piggy \u351?tia s\u259? judece pas cu pas, cu sc\u259?f\u238?rlia aia gra s\u259?, at\u238?ta doar c\u259? nu era \u351?ef. Cu tot trupul lui caraghios, P iggy era de\u351?tept. Ralph devenise specialist \u238?n g\u238?ndire \u351?i pu tea s\u259? recunoasc\u259? acest proces la un altul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \

brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 S oarele care \u238?i venea \u238?n ochi \u238?i reaminti de trecerea timpului. De sprinse cochilia din pom \u351?i o cercet\u259?. Expunerea la aer \u238?i decolo rase culoarea g\u259?lbuie \u351?i roz, f\u259?c\u238?nd-o aproape alb\u259? \u3 51?i transparent\u259?. Ralph sim\u355?i un fel de respect \u351?i de afec\u355? iune pentru ea, chiar dac\u259? o scosese singur din lagun\u259?. Se \u238?ndrep t\u259? spre locul adun\u259?rii \u351?i duse cochilia la buze.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i a\u351?teptau semnalul \u351?i se apropiar\u259? imediat. Cei con\u351?tien\u355?i de faptul c\u259? un vapor trecuse pe l\u238?ng\u259? insul\u259? \u238?n timp ce focul se stinsese erau t\u259?cu\u355?i la g\u238?nd ul m\u238?niei lui Ralph; al\u355?ii, \u238?n schimb, printre care \u351?i pu\u3 51?tii care nu aflaser\u259?, erau impresiona\u355?i de atmosfera solemn\u259?. Locul se umplu repede; Jack, Simon, Maurice \u351?i majoritatea v\u238?n\u259?to rilor se a\u351?ezar\u259? la dreapta lui Ralph; restul \u238?n st\u238?nga, la soare. Piggy veni \u351?i el \u351?i r\u259?mase \u238?n afara triunghiului. Ges tul lui tr\u259?da c\u259? voia s\u259? asculte, nu s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?; Pigg y \u238?l inten\u355?ionase ca pe un gest de dezaprobare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Uite cum stau lucrurile. Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u355?inem o adunare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ni\plain \f19 \fs18 meni nu r\u259?spunse \u 351?i fe\u355?ele \u238?ntoarse spre Ralph se concentrar\u259?. Ralph scutur\u25 9? cochilia. \u350?tia c\u259? pentru o reu\u351?it\u259? practic\u259? erau nec esare declara\u355?iile fundamentale, rostite cel pu\u355?in de dou\u259? ori p\ u238?n\u259? s\u259? le priceap\u259? bine to\u355?i. Trebuia s\u259? stai jos, s\u259? atragi toate privirile spre cochilie \u351?i s\u259? la\u351?i cuvintele s\u259? cad\u259? ca ni\u351?te pietre rotunde \u351?i grele printre grupule\u3 55?ele ghemuite sau pe vine. C\u259?ut\u259? \u238?n minte cuvinte simple, ca \u 351?i pu\u351?tii s\u259? \u238?n\u355?eleag\u259? despre ce era vorba la adunar e. Mai \u238?ncolo, poate c\u259? participan\u355?ii \u351?mecheri la dezbateri \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ca Jack, Maurice sau Piggy \u8213? aveau s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? foloseasc\u259? toat\u259? arta ca s\u259? r\u259?st\u259?lm\u259?c easc\u259? sensul \u238?ntrunirii: acum \u238?ns\u259?, la \u238?nceput, obiectu l dezbaterii trebuia expus limpede.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E nevoie s\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne \u238?ntrunim. Nu ca s\u259? ne distr\u259?m. Nu ca s \u259? r\u238?dem \u351?i s\u259? c\u259?dem de pe bu\u351?tean \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? grupul de pu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti, a\u351?ezat pe trunchiul insta bil, chicoti \u351?i copiii se privir\u259? \u238?ntre ei \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? nu ca s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? glumim, sau \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ridic\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? cochilia \u238?ntr-un efort de a g\u259?si cuv\u238?ntul conving\u259?tor \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ca s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fim de\ u351?tep\u355?i. Nu pentru a\u351?a ceva. Ci ca s\u259? facem ord\plain \f4 \fs1 8 ine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri o clip\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \

u8213? Am \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt\u238?rziat mult. M-am plimbat singur, refle ct\u238?nd la situa\u355?ie. \u350?tiu ce ne trebuie. O adunare care s\u259? fac \u259? ordine. \u350?i, \u238?n primul r\u238?nd, eu am cuv\u238?ntul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Se opri o clip\u259? \u351?i \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du automat p\u 259?rul peste cap. Piggy se apropie tiptil de triunghi dup\u259? protestul lui i nutil \u350?i li se al\u259?tur\u259? celorlal\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?inut o groaz\u259? de adun\u259?ri, continu\u 259? Ralph. Tuturor v\u259? place s\u259? vorbi\u355?i \u351?i s\u259? v\u259? a duna\u355?i. Lu\u259?m hot\u259?r\u238?ri, \u238?ns\u259? ele nu se pun \u238?ns \u259? \u238?n aplicare. Hot\u259?r\u238?sem s\u259? se aduc\u259? ap\u259? de l a r\u238?u \u351?i s\u259? r\u259?m\u238?n\u259? \u238?n cojile alea de nuci de cocos, acoperite cu frunze proaspete. A\u351?a a mers c\u238?teva zile. Cojile s \u238?nt goale. Copiii beau din r\u238?u.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Un murmur de a probare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nseamn\u259 ? c\u259? am ceva \u238?mpotriv\u259? s\u259? be\u355?i din r\u238?u. Desigur c\ u259? e preferabil s\u259? bem ap\u259? de acolo \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plai n \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti\u355?i\plain \f21 \fs18 de unde \u8213? din lacul \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n care se vars\u259? cascada \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? dec\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u238?t dintr-o coaj\u259? de nuc\u259? de cocos veche. Dar am hot\ u259?r\u238?t s\u259? se aduc\u259? ap\u259?. \u350?i n-am spus-o prima oar\u259 ?. \u206?n dup\u259?-amiaza asta nu mai s\u238?nt dec\u238?t dou\u259? coji plin e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se linse pe buze.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ap oi colibele. Ad\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?posturile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 M\plai n \f19 \fs18 urmurul crescu din nou \u351?i se stinse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dormi\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i aproape to\u355?i \u238?n ad\u259?posturi . La noapte, cu excep\u355?ia lui Sam \u351?i Eric, cei de sus, de la foc, o s\u 259? doarm\u259? to\u355?i \u238?n ad\u259?posturi. Cine a f\u259?cut ad\u259?po sturile?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Iar\u259?\u351?i se isc\u259? h\u259?rm\u259?l aie. To\u355?i f\u259?cuser\u259? ad\u259?posturile. Ralph scutur\u259? din nou cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sta\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i ni\u355?

el! Ia spune\u355?i, cine le-a ridicat pe toate trei? Primul ad\u259?post l-am f \u259?cut cu to\u355?ii, pe cel de-al doilea doar patru dintre noi, pe-al treile a doar eu \u351?i Simon. De-asta-i a\u351?a de \u351?ubred. Nu. S\u259? nu r\u23 8?de\u355?i. Dac\u259? plou\u259? iar, se poate pr\u259?bu\u351?i. A\u351?a c\u2 59? avem mare nevoie de ad\u259?posturi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri \u351? i \u238?\u351?i drese glasul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i mai e ceva. Am hot\u259?r\u238?t ca la st\u238?ncile alea din dosul baz inului de sc\u259?ldat s\u259? facem o latrin\u259?. Ne-am g\u238?ndit bine. Flu xul cur\u259?\u355?\u259? locul. Pu\u351?tilor, voi \u351?ti\u355?i despre ce-\p lain \f4 \fs18 i vorba.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?\u355?iva bomb\u259?nir\ u259? \u351?i schimbar\u259? priviri rapide.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Un ii \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u351?i fac nevoile peste tot. Chiar \u351?i l\u238?n g\u259? ad\u259?posturi \u351?i pe platform\u259?. Pu\u351?tilor, c\u238?nd m\u2 38?nca\u355?i fructe \u351?i v\u259? apuc\u259? nevoile...\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs 18 Adunarea izbucni \u238?n hohote.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am spus c\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259?, dac\u259? v-apuc\u259? nevoile, nu mai m\u238?nca\u355?i fructe. Asta-i murd\u259?rie!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u238?sul r\u259?sun\u2 59? din nou.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am spus c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? e o murd\u259?rie!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i apuc\u259? deodat\u259 ? c\u259?ma\u351?a \u355?eap\u259?n\u259? \u351?i cenu\u351?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Face\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i \u238?ntr-adev\u259?r murd\u259?r ie. Dac\u259? nu v\u259? pute\u355?i ab\u355?ine, duce\u355?i-v\u259? pe plaj\u2 59? la st\u238?nci. A\u355?i priceput?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?ntin se m\u238?na dup\u259? cochilie, dar Ralph cl\u259?tin\u259? din cap. Discursul trebuia urmat punct cu punct.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s

a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? folosim st\u238?ncile. Altminteri, murd\u259?rim totul \u238?mprejur.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri. Adunarea, sim\u355?ind c\u259? intervenise o cr iz\u259?, a\u351?tepta cu sufletul la gur\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Apoi, \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n privin\u355?a focului.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Ralph r\u259?sufl\u259? ad\u238?nc, se sufoc\u259? u\u351?or, iar adunarea fre m\u259?ta. Jack, care cioplea cu briceagul o bucat\u259? de lemn, \u238?i \u351? opti ceva lui Robert, care \u238?ntoarse capul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Focul e lucrul cel mai important pe insul\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. Cum o s\u259 ? fim salva\u355?i, dac\u259? nu \u355?inem focul aprins? Poate doar din noroc. E a\u351?a de greu de f\u259?cut focul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ntinse un bra\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia uita\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-v\ u259? la noi! S\u238?ntem o droaie! \u350?i totu\u351?i, nu reu\u351?im s\u259? \u355?inem un foc aprins ca s\u259? scoat\u259? fum. Nu pricepe\u355?i? Nu price pe\u355?i c\u259?... mai bine s\u259? murim dec\u238?t s\u259? l\u259?s\u259?m f ocul s\u259? se sting\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 V\u238?n\u259?torii chicot ir\u259? jena\u355?i. Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre ei cu violen\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Voi, v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259?torilor! N-ave \u355?i dec\u238?t s\u259? r\u238?de\u355?i. Dar, asculta\u355?i-m\u259? pe mine , focul e mai important dec\u238?t porcul, indiferent c\u238?\u355?i porci omor\ u238?\u355?i. \u206?n\u355?elege\u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i deschise larg bra\u355?ele \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse spre \u238?ntreg tr\plain \f 4 \fs18 iunghiul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie ca acolo sus s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ias\u259? fum... altminteri murim.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri, c\u259?ut\u238?nd punctul urm\u259?tor al discursului.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li

n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i mai e ceva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Vrei prea multe, strig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? cineva.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se auzir\u259? murmure aprobatoare. Ralph \u238?\u351?i continu\u259? nep\ u259?s\u259?tor cuv\u238?ntarea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \f s18 \u350?i mai e ceva. Aproape c-am dat foc la \u238?ntreaga insul\u259?. Ne pi erdem vremea, rostogolind st\u238?nci \u351?i aprinz\u238?nd focuri mici ca s\u2 59? g\u259?tim. Vreau s\u259? stabilim o regul\u259?, fiindc\u259? eu s\u238?nt \u351?eful. Nu se va mai face foc dec\u238?t sus pe munte. Doar acolo.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ncepur\u259? s\u259? protesteze. Se ridicar\u259?, strigar \u259?, iar Ralph le r\u259?spunse tot cu strig\u259?te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vre\u355?i s\u259? face\u355?i un foc ca s \u259? g\u259?ti\u355?i pe\u351?te sau crabi, n-ave\u355?i dec\u238?t s\u259? v\ u259? sui\u355?i pe munte. Doar a\u351?a vom fi siguri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?teva m\u238?ini se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?ar\u259? dup\u259? cochilie \u238 ?n lumina soarelui de asfin\u355?it. Ralph se opri \u351?i s\u259?ri pe trunchi. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asta am vrut s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u259? spun. Acum a\u355?i aflat. M-a\u355?i votat \u351?ef. O s\u259? face\u355?i cum spun eu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se lini\u351?tir\u259? treptat \u351?i, \u238 ?n cele din urm\u259?, \u238?\u351?i reluar\u259? locurile. Ralph se a\u351?ez\u 259? \u351?i el \u351?i vorbi cu glasul lui obi\u351?nuit.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Nu uita\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i. Folosi\u355?i st\u238?ncile ca lat rin\u259?. \u354?ine\u355?i focul aprins, ca s\u259? se vad\u259? semnalul fumul ui. N-aduce\u355?i focul de pe munte. Duce\u355?i-v\u259? hrana acolo.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ridic\u259?, se schimonosi pe \u238?ntuneric \u351?i \u2 38?\u351?i ridic\u259? m\u238?inile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-am termi nat \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb

\brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar vorbe \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti \u238?ntruna!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am coc hilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se a\u351?ez\u259? bomb\u259?nind.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Un ultim lucru. Despre asta n-ave\plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 5?i dec\u238?t s\u259? discuta\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 A\u351?tept\u259 ? p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd pe platform\u259? se a\u351?ternu o t\u259?cere des\u 259?v\u238?rsit\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Situa\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u355?ia s-a \u238?nr\u259?ut\u259?\u355?it. Nu pricep de ce. Am pornit bine: era m ferici\u355?i. Apoi...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mi\u351?c\u259? scoica u\u351? or \u351?i se uit\u259? peste ei \u238?n gol, amintindu-\u351?i de fiar\u259?, d e \u351?arpe, de foc \u351?i de discu\u355?iile despre fric\u259?.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Apoi unii au \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nceput s\u259? se speri e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se auzi un murmur, aproape un geam\u259?t, care se s tinse repede. Jack se opri din cioplit. Ralph continu\u259? pe nea\u351?teptate: \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Astea-s copil\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rii. Noi trebuie s\u259? l\u259?murim situa\u355?ia. A\u351?adar, acum mai e ceva de disc utat \u238?mpreun\u259?, \u351?i anume ce-i de f\u259?cut cu frica.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 P\u259?rul \u238?i alunec\u259? din nou \u238?n ochi.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? discut\u259?m despre ea \u 351?i s\u259? hot\u259?r\u238?m c\u259? e ne\u238?ntemeiat\u259?. \u350?i eu m\u 259? sperii uneori; numai c\u259?-i o prostie. Gogori\u355?e. Dac\u259? ajungem s\u259? lu\u259?m o hot\u259?r\u238?re \u238?n aceast\u259? privin\u355?\u259?, putem s\u259? ne ocup\u259?m \u351?i de altele, cum ar fi focul \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? prin minte \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i trecu fulger\u259?tor imaginea a trei b\u259?ie\u355?i merg\u238?nd de-a lungul plajei str\u259?lucitoare \plain

\f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i s\u259? fim iar ferici\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph puse, cu un gest\plain \f19 \fs18 ceremonios, cochili a pe trunchiul de al\u259?turi, semn c\u259? discursul se terminase. Pu\u355?ine le raze de soare c\u259?deau asupra lor orizontal.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ridic\u259? \u351?i lu\u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u351?adar, ne-am adunat ca s\u259? hot\u259?r\u238?m cum stau lu crurile. Am s\u259? v\u259? spun \u351?i eu cum stau lucrurile. Voi, pu\u351?tii , s\u238?nte\u355?i vinova\u355?i, cu tr\u259?nc\u259?neala voastr\u259? despre fric\u259?. Fiara! De unde fiare? Fire\u351?te c\u259? uneori ne e fric\u259?, d ar ne-am obi\u351?nuit. Ralph spunea c\u259? urla\u355?i noaptea, \u238?nseamn\u 259? deci c\u259? visa\u355?i ur\u238?t. \u350?i unde mai pui c\u259? nici nu v\ u238?na\u355?i, nici nu face\u355?i ad\u259?posturi \u351?i nici nu ne ajuta\u35 5?i \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te pl\u238?ng\u259?cio\u 351?i, ni\u351?te mototoli! Asta-i! \u206?n ce prive\u351?te frica \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u259? obi\u351?nui\u355?i cu ea, ca n oi to\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se uit\u259? cu gura c\u259?scat\u2 59?. Dar Jack nu-i d\u259?du nici o aten\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? Uite ce-i, frica nu v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? poate c\u259?\u351?una mai mult dec\u238?t visele. Pe insul\u259? nu e nici o fiar\u259?, de care s\u259? v\u25 9? fie fric\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? la \u351?irul de pu\u35 1?ti care \u351?u\u351?oteau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-ar strica s-o p \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?\u355?i\u355?i pl\u238?ng\u259?cio\u351?ilor, neputincio \u351?ilor! Nu-i nici un animal...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?l \u238? ntrerupe scos din s\u259?rite.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum adic\plain \ f19 \fs18 \u259?? Cine a pomenit de-un \plain \f4 \fs18 animal?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu ai pomenit, acum c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?teva zile. Ai zis c\u259? viseaz\u259? \u351?i \u355?ip\u259?. Acum tr\u259?nc\u259?nesc \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? nu numai pu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tii, dar uneori \u351?i v\u2 38?n\u259?torii mei \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? tr\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?nc\u259? nesc despre o fiin\u355?\u259?, o fiin\u355?\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?, o fiar\

u259?, un fel de animal. Am auzit. Nu v-a\u355?i g\u238?ndit, nu? Asculta\u355?i -m\u259?! Pe insulele mici nu tr\u259?iesc animale mari. Numai porci. Lei \u351? i tigri exist\u259? doar \u238?n \u355?\u259?rile mari, ca Africa \u351?i India. .. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i la Gr\u259?dina Z oologic\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia. Nu vorbesc de fric\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. Ci de fiar\u259?. N-ave\u355?i dec\u238?t s\u259? v\u25 9? speria\u355?i, dac\u259? v\u259? place. C\u238?t prive\u351?te fia\plain \f4 \fs18 ra...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se opri, str\u238?nse cochilia la piep t \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse spre v\u238?n\u259?torii lui cu \u351?epci negre \u35 1?i murdare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt sau nu v\u238?n\u259?tor?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 D\u259?dur\u259? din cap cu un gest simplu. Era, fire\u351?te, v\u238?n\u259?tor. Nimeni nu se \u238?ndoia.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine... am b\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?tut toat\u2 59? insula. Singur. Dac-ar fi existat o fiar\u259?, a\u351? fi v\u259?zut-o... N -ave\u355?i dec\u238?t s\u259? v\u259? speria\u355?i dar nu-i nici o fiar\u259? \u238?n p\u259?dure.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack l\u259?s\u259? cochilia \u351 ?i se a\u351?ez\u259?, \u238?ntreaga adunare aplaud\u259? u\u351?urat\u259?. Pig gy \u238?ntinse m\u238?na.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt de acord cu tot ce-a spus Jack, ci doar cu o parte. Fi\plain \f19 \fs1 8 re\u351?te, nu exist\u259? nici o fiar\u259? \u238?n p\u259?dure. Cum s\u259? existe? Ce-ar m\u238?nca?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Porci.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Noi m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nc\u259?m porci.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am sau nu cochilia? st rig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Piggy indignat... Ralph... ar trebui s\u259? tac\u25

9? din gur\u259?, nu? Pu\u351?tilor, ia mai t\u259?ce\u355?i! Uite ce e, nu s\u2 38?nt de acord cu Jack \u238?n ce prive\u351?te frica de care vorbi\u355?i. Fire \u351?te c\u259? nu-i nimic \u238?n p\u259?dure de care s\u259? ne fie fric\u259 ?. P\u259?i, n-am fost chiar eu acolo? Data viitoare o s\u259? pomeni\u355?i de stafii \u351?i alte n\u259?zb\u238?tii de-astea. \u350?tim cum stau lucrurile \u 351?i, dac\u259? merge ceva prost, se g\u259?se\u351?te cine s\u259? le \u238?nd repte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i scoase ochelarii \u351?i clipi la ei. Soarele disp\u259?ruse, de parc\u259? s-ar fi \u238?ntrerupt lumina de la co mutator. Continu\u259? explica\u355?iile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u259? doare burta \u351?i v\u259? trece o nevoie mare s au una mic\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe tine te trece o nevoie m are...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nd o\plain \f19 \fs18 s\u259? termina\u355?i cu r\u238?sul, poate c-o s\u259? continu\u259?m ad unarea. Iar dac\u259? pu\u351?tii se cocoa\u355?\u259? iar pe bu\u351?teanul \u2 59?la, au s\u259? se r\u259?stoarne pe loc. A\u351?a c-a\u355?i face bine s\u259 ? sta\u355?i jos pe p\u259?m\u238?nt \u351?i s\u259? asculta\u355?i. Avem leacur i pentru orice, chiar \u351?i pentru minte. Doar nu v\u259? g\u238?ndi\u355?i se rios c\u259? ar trebui s\u259? ne fie fric\u259? tot timpul? Via\u355?a, spuse P iggy, l\u259?rgind subiectul, e \u351?tiin\u355?ific\u259?, asta e. \u206?ntr-un an sau doi, c\u238?nd o s\u259? se termine r\u259?zboiul, oamenii or s\u259? zb oare p\u238?n\u259? la planeta Marte \u351?i \u238?napoi. \u350?tiu c\u259? nu-i nici o fiar\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? una cu \plain \f19 \fs18 gheare sau altfel, m\u259? \u238?n\u355?elege\u355?i \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? dar mai \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu c\u259? exist\u259? \u351?i frica...\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Piggy se opri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? nu cumva...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se foi neast\u238?mp\u259?rat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu cumva, ce?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu cumva ne speriem de oamen i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Un hohot, pe jum\u259?tate de r\u238?s, pe jum\u259? tate de batjocur\u259?, se ridic\u259? din mijlocul b\u259?ie\u355?ilor a\u351?e

za\u355?i. Piggy \u238?\u351?i aplec\u259? capul \u351?i continu\u259? gr\u259?b it.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai s-auzim ce spune pu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u 351?tiul care a pomenit de fiar\u259?, \u351?i poate c-o s\u259? reu\u351?im s\u 259?-i ar\u259?t\u259?m c\u238?t e de prost.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pu\u351?ti i \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? se consulte cu voce sc\u259?zut\u259?, apoi unul se ridic\u259? \u351?i p\u259?\u351?i \u238?n fa\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? Cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Phil.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pentru un pu\u351?ti, avea destul\u259? \u238 ?ncredere \u238?n el. \u206?ntinse m\u238?inile, str\u238?nse cochilia \u238?n b ra\u355?e, exact ca Ralph, \u351?i se uit\u259? de jur \u238?mprejur, ca s\u259? atrag\u259? aten\u355?ia \u238?nainte de a vorbi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Azi-noapte am avut un vis, un vis groaznic\plain \f19 \fs18 , \u238?n care m \u259? luptam cu ni\u351?te lucruri. M\u259? aflam singur afar\u259? din ad\u259 ?post \u351?i m\u259? luptam cu ni\u351?te lucruri, cu lianele alea tremur\u259? toare din pomi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri, iar ceilal\u355?i pu\u351?ti r \u238?ser\u259?, \u238?nfiora\u355?i de pl\u259?cere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Atunci m-am speriat \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i m-am trezit. M\u259? aflam afar\u259? din ad\u259?post, iar lucrurile tremur\u259?toare disp\u259?ruser\u25 9?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Oroarea vie din povestea lui despre acele lucruri a t\u238?t de posibile \u351?i de ur\u238?te le t\u259?ie glasul. Vocea copilului continu\u259? pi\u355?ig\u259?iat\u259? din dosul cochiliei albe.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am speriat tare \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i-am dat s\u259?-l strig pe Ralph, apoi am v\u259?zut c\u259? se mi\u351?c\u259? ceva printre pomi, ceva mare \u351?i \u238?ngrozitor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntrerupse, oarecum speriat de amintire, dar \u351?i m\u238?ndru de efectul st\u238?rnit.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A fost un vis ur\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?t, zise R alph, te-ai plimbat \u238?n somn.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Adunarea murmur\u259? o aprobare re\u355?inut\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pu\u351?tiul cl\u259?ti n\u259? din cap cu \u238?nc\u259?p\u259?\u355?\u238?nare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Dormeam c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nd lianele tremur\u259?toare se lupt au, \u351?i c\u238?nd au plecat m-am trezit \u351?i-am v\u259?zut ceva mare \u35 1?i \u238?ngrozitor mi\u351?c\u238?ndu-se printre pomi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ridic\u259? m\u238?na s\u259? ia cochilia, iar pu\u351?tiul se a\u351?ez\ u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dormeai. N-a fost nimeni. Cum\plain \f19 \fs18 putea s\u259? r\u259?t\u259?ceasc\u259? cineva prin p\u259?dure noaptea? A fost vreunul dintre voi? A ie\u351?it vreunul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se a\ u351?ternu o t\u259?cere lung\u259?, timp \u238?n care adunarea z\u238?mbi la g\ u238?ndul c\u259? cineva ar fi avut curajul s\u259? ias\u259? \u238?n bezn\u259? . Apoi Simon se ridic\u259?, iar Ralph \u238?l privi uimit.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? T\plain \f19 \fs18 u! Ce-ai c\u259?utat afar\u259? \u238?n bezn\u25 9??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon \u238?n\u351?fac\u259? cochilia cu un gest vi olent.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Voiam s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? m\u259? duc \u238?ntr-un loc... \u238?ntr-un loc pe care \u238?l \u351?tiu.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce loc?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Un loc pe care \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u238?l \u351?tiu. Un loc din jungl\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Ezit\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu

lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack l\u259?muri problema, vorbind cu un dispre\u355? care suna extrem de ciudat \u351?i de categoric.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? L-a apucat burta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Umilit de purtarea lu i Simon, Ralph relu\u259? cochilia \u351?i \u238?l privi sever pe Simon drept \u 238?n fa\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei bine, s\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? n-o mai faci. Ai priceput? Nu noaptea. S\u238?nt destule discu\u355?ii proste\u351?ti despre fiare, f\u259?r\u259? ca pu\u351?tii s\u259? te mai \u351 ?i vad\u259? cum te furi\u351?ezi de ici-colo ca un...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u238?sul batjocoritor al b\u259?ie\u355?ilor le tr\u259?da frica \u351?i nemul \u355?umirea fa\u355?\u259? de cele \u238?nt\u238?mplate.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Simon deschise gura s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?, dar Ralph avea cochilia, a\u351?a c\u259? reveni la loc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238?nd adunarea se lini\u351 ?ti, Ralp\plain \f4 \fs18 h se \u238?ntoarse spre Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Ei, Piggy?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai e unul. \plain \f19 \f s18 \u258?sta. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pu\u351?tii \u238?l \u238?mpinser\u259? pe Percival \u238?nainte, apoi \u238?l l\u259?sar\u259? singur. R\u259?mase \u2 38?nfundat p\u238?n\u259? la genunchi \u238?n iarba din centrul triunghiului, cu privirile la picioarele ascunse, \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? s\u259?-\u351?i \u23 8?nchipuie c\u259? se afla \u238?ntr-un cort. Ralph \u238?\u351?i aminti de un a lt b\u259?ie\u355?el, care st\u259?tuse la fel, \u351?i izgoni g\u238?ndul. \u20 6?l izgoni departe, \u238?n fundul sufletului, de unde doar un prilej ca acesta putea s\u259?-l readuc\u259? la suprafa\u355?\u259?. Pu\u351?tii nu mai fuseser\ u259? num\u259?ra\u355?i, \u238?n primul r\u238?nd fiindc\u259? nu exista nici u n mijloc ca s\u259? se asigure c\u259? nu lipsea nici unul, \u351?i \u238?n al d oilea r\u238?nd fiindc\u259? Ralph cuno\u351?tea r\u259?spunsul la cel pu\u355?i n o \u238?ntrebare pus\u259? de Piggy pe v\u238?rful muntelui, \u238?n fa\u355?a lui se \u238?n\u351?irau b\u259?ie\u355?i blonzi, brune\u355?i, pistruia\u355?i \u351?i murdari, dar nici unul dintre ei nu purta pe fa\u355?\u259? un semn din na\u351?tere. Pe b\u259?iatul cu semnul din na\u351?tere de culoarea dudei nu-l mai v\u259?zuse nimeni. Atunci, \u238?ns\u259?, Piggy se \u238?mp\u259?unase \u 351?i \u238?i amenin\u355?ase. Recunosc\u238?nd tacit c\u259?-\u351?i amintea de ceva imposibil de pomenit, Ralph d\u259?du din cap spre Piggy.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \

brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Continu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. \u206?ntreab\u259?-l.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?ngenunche, \u355?in\u238?nd cochilia.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei, ia spune, cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259??\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?elul se repezi \u238?napoi \u238?n cortul imagin ar.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy se \u238?ntoarse neputincios spre Ralph, care vorbi r\u259?stit:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Chinuit\u259? de t\u259?cere \u351?i de refu zul pu\u351?tiului de a vorbi, adunarea relu\u259? \u238?n cor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?? Cum te cheam\u259??\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Lini\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te!\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ fs18 \u206?n lumina asfin\u355?itului, Ralph se uit\u259? lung la copil.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai, spune. Cum te cheam\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Percival Wemys Madison, Casa Parohial\plain \f19 \f s18 \u259?, Harcourt St. Anthony, comita\plain \f4 \fs18 tul Hampshire, telefon, telefon, tele...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ca \u351?i cum aceast\u259? \u351?tir e ar fi fost ad\u238?nc \u238?nr\u259?d\u259?cinat\u259? \u238?n izvoarele durer ii, pu\u351?tiul izbucni \u238?n pl\u238?ns. Lacrimile \u238?i \u355?\u238?\u351 ?neau pe fa\u355?a bo\u355?it\u259?, iar gura i se deschise p\u238?n\u259? c\u23 8?nd reu\u351?ir\u259? s\u259? vad\u259? o gaur\u259? neagr\u259? \u351?i p\u259 ?trat\u259?. La \u238?nceput sem\u259?na cu o efigie t\u259?cut\u259? a durerii; apoi \u238?ns\u259? bocetul crescu puternic \u351?i sus\u355?inut, ca vuietul c ochiliei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \

brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura! Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Percival Wemys Madison nu voia s\u259? tac\u259?. Se declan\u351?ase un resort p e care nu-l puteau controla nici autoritatea \u351?i nici intimidarea fizic\u259 ?. Pl\u238?nsul continu\u259?, cu fiecare respira\u355?ie, p\u259?r\u238?nd c\u2 59?-l sus\u355?ine drept, ca \u351?i cum ar fi fost r\u259?stignit pe el.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura! Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u259?ci cei mi ci \u238?ncetaser\u259? \u351?i ei s\u259? fie lini\u351?ti\u355?i. Li se aminti se de durerile personale; \u351?i poate c\u259? sim\u355?eau c\u259? particip\u2 59? \u351?i ei la durerea universal\u259?, \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? pl\u238?ng \u259? molipsi\u355?i, doi dintre ei aproape la fel de tare ca Percival.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice \u238?i salv\u259?. Strig\u259? din r\u259?sputeri:\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia uita\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-v\u259? la mine! \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se pref\u259?cu c\u259? se pr\u259?bu\u351?e\u351?te. Se frec\u259? la fund, se a\u351?ez\u259? pe butucul instabil \u351?i se rostogo li \u238?n iarb\u259?. Se maimu\u355?\u259?ri st\u238?ngaci, iar Percival \u351? i ceilal\u355?i \u238?l v\u259?zur\u259?, chicotir\u259? \u351?i r\u238?ser\u259 ?. \u206?n cur\u238?nd, r\u238?deau cu to\u355?ii at\u238?t de absurd, \u238?nc\ u238?t b\u259?ie\u355?ii mari le \u355?inur\u259? isonul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Jack se f\u259?cu auzit primul. Nu avea cochilia \u351?i vorbi \u238?nc\u259? lc\u238?nd regulile; dar nu-i mai p\u259?sa nim\u259?nui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Ce-i cu fiara?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Cu Percival se petrecea un luc ru ciudat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u259?sc\u259? \u351?i se \u238?mpletici, a \u351?a \u238?nc\u238?t Jack \u238?l prinse \u351?i \u238?l zgfl\u355?\u238?i.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde st\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fiara?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \

brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Percival se l\u259?s\u259? moale \u238?n bra\u355?ele lui Jack.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E o fiar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? dibace, zise P iggy \u238?n b\u259?taie de joc, dac\u259? reu\u351?e\u351?te s\u259? se ascund\ u259? pe insula asta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack a fost pretutindeni. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Unde poate s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? tr\u259?i asc\u259? o fiar\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nici vorb\plain \f19 \f s18 \u259? de vreo fiar\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Percival bomb\u259?ni ce va, iar adunarea r\u238?se din nou. Ralph se aplec\u259? \u238?nainte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce-a zis?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ascult\u259? r\u 259?spunsul, apoi \u238?i d\u259?du drumul lui Percival. Sc\u259?pat din bra\u35 5?ele lui, Percival c\u259?zu \u238?n iarba \u238?nalt\u259? \u351?i adormi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?\u351?i drese glasul, apoi raport\u259? degajat :\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Zice c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fiara iese din mare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ultimul val de r\u238?sete se risipi. Ralph se \ u238?ntoarse involuntar, o siluet\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259?, coc\u238?rjat\u259 ?, proiectat\u259? pe lagun\u259?. Adunarea se uit\u259? \u238?mpreun\u259? cu e l; privir\u259? vastele \u238?ntinderi de ap\u259?, marea umflat\u259? din dep\u 259?rtare, de un violet ciudat, cu infinite posibilit\u259?\u355?i: auzir\u259? stins fo\u351?netul \u351?i \u351?oaptele de pe recif.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice vorbi at\u238?t de tare, \u238?nc\u238?t tres\u259?rir\u259? cu to\u355? ii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? T\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?ticu zicea c\u259? nu s-au descoperit \u238?nc\u259? toate animalele din mare.\par \pard \brdrt \b

rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cearta porni din nou, Ralph \u238?i \u238?ntinse cochilia str\u259?lucitoa re, iar Maurice o lu\u259? ascult\u259?tor, \u238?ntrunirea se lini\u351?ti.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vreau s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun c\u259?, atun ci c\u238?nd Jack zice c\u259? te po\u355?i speria, fiindc\u259? oamenii se sper ie \u238?ntotdeauna, are dreptate. Cred c\u259? are dreptate \u351?i c\u238?nd s pune c\u259? nu exist\u259? dec\u238?t porci pe insul\u259?, dar nu \u351?tie, n u e chiar sigur, vreau s\u259? spun...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice respir\u 259? ad\u238?nc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? T\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?ticu zice c\u259? exist\u259? fiin\u355?e, cum se cheam\u259?, alea care fac cerneal\ u259?, sepii, lungi de sute de metri, care m\u259?n\u238?nc\u259? balene \u238?n tregi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se opri din nou \u351?i r\u238?se vesel.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te, eu nu cred \u238?n fia r\u259?. Cum zice \u351?i Piggy, via\u355?a are un caracter \u351?tiin\u355?ific , dar noi nu \u351?tim, nu-i a\u351?a? Nu e ceva sigur, vreau s\u259? spun...\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sepia nu\plain \f19 \fs18 poate s\u259? ias\u259 ? din ap\u259?! strig\u259? cineva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ba poate!\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ba nu!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ntr-o clip \u259?, platforma se umplu de umbre ce se certau \u351?i gesticulau. Lui Ralph, care \u351?edea pe butuc, izbucnirea i se p\u259?rea de domeniul nebuniei. Teama , fiarele, lipsa general\u259? de \u238?n\u355?elegere c\u259? focul era element ul cel mai important. C\u238?nd \u238?ncercai s\u259? l\u259?mure\u351?ti lucrur ile, discu\u355?ia degenera, scotea la iveal\u259? alte probleme nepl\u259?cute. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 V\u259?zu o pat\u259? alb\u259? \u238?n bezna de l\u23 8?ng\u259? el, a\u351?a c\u259? smulse cochilia de la Maurice \u351?i sufl\u259? cu toat\u259? for\u355?a. Adunarea t\u259?cu uluit\u259?. Simon, care se afla a proape, puse m\u238?na pe cochilie. Sim\u355?i o nevoie primejdioas\u259? de-a v orbi; dar era o experien\u355?\u259? \u238?ngrozitoare s\u259? se adreseze unei

adun\u259?ri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate, zise el ezit\plain \f19 \f s18 \u238?nd, poate c\u259? exist\u259? o fiar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 A dunarea url\u259? s\u259?lbatic, iar Ralph se ridic\u259? ulu\plain \f4 \fs18 it .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tu, Simon? Tu crezi asta?\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu, r\u259?spunse Simon, sufocat de b\ u259?t\u259?ile propriei inimi. Dar...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Furtuna izbucni.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Stai jos!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Taci !\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia cochilia!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Du-te dracului!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Asculta\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i-l. Are cochilia! strig\u259? Ralph.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vreau s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun c\u259?... p oate c\u259? fia\plain \f4 \fs18 ra s\u238?ntem noi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Prostii!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Cel care vorbi fusese Piggy, revoltat de lipsa de seriozitate.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea fi un fel de... continu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr

b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon deveni inc oerent, \u238?ncerc\u238?nd s\u259? explice boala esen\u355?ial\u259? a omenirii , \u238?i veni o inspira\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Care e cel ma i murdar lucru\plain \f4 \fs18 ?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Drept r\u259?spuns, Ja ck, \u238?n t\u259?cerea nedumerit\u259? care urm\u259?, pronun\u355?\u259? un c uv\u238?nt scurt, expresiv \u351?i brutal. Se destinser\u259? ca dup\u259? un or gasm. Pu\u351?tii a\u351?eza\u355?i din nou pe bu\u351?teanul instabil c\u259?zu r\u259? \u351?i nici nu le pas\u259?. V\u238?n\u259?torii \u355?ipau de \u238?nc \u238?ntare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Eforturile lui Simo\plain \f19 \fs18 n se i rosir\u259?; r\u238?sul celorlal\u355?i \u238?l \u238?nfr\u238?nse cu cruzime, i ar el se \u238?ntoarse f\u259?r\u259? ap\u259?rare la locul lui.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 \u206?n cele din urm\u259?, adunarea t\u259?cu. Cineva spuse pe nea\u3 51?teptate: \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vo rbe\u351?te de-un fel de stafie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ridic\u259? coch ilia \u351?i se uit\u259? lung prin bezn\u259?. Plaja palid\u259? \u238?i ap\u25 9?ru ca singurul lucru mai luminos. Desigur, pu\u351?tii erau aproape. Da, f\u25 9?r\u259? \u238?ndoial\u259?, st\u259?teau ghemui\u355?i, ca un ghemotoc de trup uri pe iarba din centrul triunghiului. O pal\u259? de v\u238?nt f\u259?cu s\u259 ? fo\u351?neasc\u259? palmierii, iar t\u259?cerea \u351?i bezna p\u259?rur\u259? s\u259? amplifice zgomotul, s\u259?-l scoat\u259? \u238?n eviden\u355?\u259?. D ou\u259? trunchiuri cenu\u351?ii se frecar\u259? cu un sc\u238?r\u355?\u238?it s inistru, pe care nimeni nu-l remarcase \u238?n timpul zilei.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?i lu\u259? cochilia din m\u238?n\u259?. Vorbi indignat. \par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu cred deloc \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?n stafii!\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se ridic\u259? \u351?i el, inexpli\plain \f4 \fs18 cabi l de furios\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cui \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i pas\u 259? de ce crezi tu, Fatty?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia!\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u259?sun\u259? zgomotul unei scurte \u238?nc\u259?ier\u259? ri, iar cochilia se mut\u259? dintr-o m\u238?n\u259? \u238?ntr-alta.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-mi \u238?napoi cochilia!\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se v\u238?r\u238? \u238?ntre ei \u351?i primi un ghiont \u238?n piept. Smulse cochilia de la cineva \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259? cu r\u259 ?suflarea t\u259?iat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vorbim prea mult de spre stafii. Ar trebui s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? discut\u259?m asta \u238?n timp ul zilei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Poate c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? asta e fiara, o stafie, interveni o voce \u238?n\u259?bu\u351?it\u259? \u351?i anonim \u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Adunarea se cl\u259?tin\u259? ca lovit\u259? de v\u238?nt.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Discut\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?m pre a mult \u351?i nu mai respect\u259?m ordinea, zise Ralph. Nu putem \u355?ine adu n\u259?ri ca lumea dac\u259? nu respecta\u355?i regulile.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Se opri din nou. Planul bine chibzuit al acestei adun\u259?ri se destr\u259?m ase.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce vre\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i s\u259? sp un? Am f\u259?cut o gre\u351?eal\u259? c\u238?nd am \u355?inut adunarea at\u238? t de t\u238?rziu. O s\u259? vot\u259?m; vreau s\u259? spun c\u259? o s\u259? vot \u259?m dac\u259? exist\u259? sau nu stafii; apoi o s\u259? mergem la colibe fii ndc\u259? s\u238?ntem cu to\u355?ii obosi\u355?i. Nu \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? J ack, a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a e? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? stai o clip\plain \ f19 \fs18 \u259?. Sus\u355?in sus \u351?i tare c\u259? nu cred \u238?n stafii. \ u350?i nici nu vreau s\u259? las impresia c-a\u351? crede. Nu vreau s\u259? m\u2 59? g\u238?ndesc la ele. \u206?n orice caz, nu acum, pe \u238?ntuneric. O s\u259 ? hot\u259?r\u238?m ce-i de f\u259?cut. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ridic\u259? co chilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine, atunci. Presupun c\plain \

f19 \fs18 \u259? problema e dac\u259? exist\u259? sau nu stafii...\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Reflect\u259? pre\u355? de o clip\u259? \u351?i formul\u259? \u238?n trebarea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine crede c-ar putea exista stafii?\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se a\u351?ternu o t\u259?cere lung\u259? \u351?i nimeni nu se clinti. Ralph scrut\u259? \u238?ntunericul \u351?i z\u259?ri m\u238?inile ridicate. Spuse sec:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n \u355?eleg.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Lumea, lumea dominat\u259? de legi \u351?i de ra\u355?iune, se ducea de r\u238?p\u259?. Odat\u259? lucrurile fuseser\u259? limpezi; \u238?ns\u259? acum... p\u238?n\u259? \u351?i vaporul plecase\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u238?i smulse cochilia din m\u238?n\u25 9? \u351?i glasul lui r\u259?sun\u259? strident:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Nu votez pentru stafii!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse spre adunare. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S-o \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?ine\u355?i cu to\u 355?ii minte, continu\u259? el \u351?i b\u259?tu din picior. Ce s\u238?ntem noi? Oameni? Animale? S\u259?lbatici? Ce-au s\u259?-\u351?i \u238?nchipuie oamenii m ar\plain \f21 \fs18 i? Nu ne facem datoria \u8213? v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u2 59?m porci \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?s\u259?m focul s\u 259? se sting\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? iar acum...\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 O umbr\u259? \u238?l \u238?nfrunt\u259? violent.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Gura! Vierme gras!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Urm\u259? o lupt\u259? scurt\u2 59?, iar cochilia sclipitoare se smuci de colo-colo. Ralph s\u259?ri \u238?n pic ioare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha

ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack! Jack! N-ai cochilia! Las\plain \f1 9 \fs18 \u259?-l s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fa\u355?a lui Jack se ivi aproape.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? taci! Cine e\u351?ti, la urma urmei? Stai aici \u351?i le spui ce s\u259? fac\u2 59?. Nu v\u238?nezi, nu \u351?tii s\u259? c\u238?n\u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?ef. Am fost ales.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Crezi c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? alegerea are vreo importan\u3 55?\u259?? Te mul\u355?ume\u351?ti s\u259? dai ordine f\u259?r\u259? cap...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? P\plain \f4 \fs18 iggy are cochilia.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E adev\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rat... favorizeaz\u259?-l pe Pi ggy, ca \u238?ntotdeauna.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack!\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Vocea lui Jack \u238?l maimu\u355?\u259?ri acru.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Jack! Jack!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Regulile! striga Ralph, \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nc\u259?lca\u355?i regulile!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Cui \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?i pas\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \ u238?\u351?i reveni.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Regulile s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt singurul lucru pe care-l avem!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack i se \u238 ?mpotrivi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl

\brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-le draculu i de reguli! S\u238?ntem puternici, v\u238?n\u259?m! Dac\u259? exist\u259? o fia r\u259?, o s-o v\u238?n\u259?m! O s-o \u238?nconjur\u259?m, o s-o lovim, o s-o l ovim, o s-o lovim...!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Scoase un \u355?ip\u259?t s\u259? lbatic \u351?i s\u259?ri pe nisipul g\u259?lbui. Platforma se umplu imediat de z gomote \u351?i de agita\u355?ie, \u238?nghionteal\u259?, urlete \u351?i r\u238?s ete. Adunarea se risipi, iar b\u259?ie\u355?ii alergar\u259? la \u238?nt\u238?mp lare, tr\u259?nc\u259?nind, de la palmieri la malul apei, de-a lungul plajei, \u 238?neca\u355?i \u238?n bezn\u259?. Ralph se pomeni c\u259? atinge cochilia cu o brazul \u351?i o lu\u259? din m\u238?na lui P\plain \f4 \fs18 iggy\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce-au s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun\u259? oamenii mari? str ig\u259? Piggy din nou. Uit\u259?-te la ei!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 De pe plaj\ u259? r\u259?sunar\u259? zgomote de v\u238?n\u259?toare fictiv\u259?, de r\u238? s isteric \u351?i de spaim\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph, sufl\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?n cochilie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Piggy se afla a t\u238?t de aproape, \u238?nc\u238?t Ralph \u238?i vedea sticlind singura lentil \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? de la ochelari.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe urm \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? focul. Nu-\u351?i dau seama?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fii brutal. Sile\u351?te-i s\u259? fac\ u259? ce vrei tu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph r\u259?spunse cu glasul prudent al celui care repet\u259? o teorem\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? am s\u259? suflu \u238?n cochilie, iar ei n-au s\u259? s e \u238?ntoarc\u259?, am stricat totul. N-o s\u259? mai putem \u355?ine focul ap rins. O s\u259? fim ca animalele. N-o s\u259? fim salva\u355?i niciodat\u259?.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu sufli, o s\u259? ajungem \u351?i mai repede ca animalele. Nu v\u259?d ce fac, dar \u238?i aud.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \

brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Siluetele risipite se adunaser\u259? pe nisip \u351?i for mau o mas\u259? neagr\u259?, care se rotea. Fredonau, iar pu\u351?tii, obosi\u35 5?i, se \u238?ndep\u259?rtaser\u259? \u238?ncet, cu urlete. Ralph \u238?\u351?i duse cochilia la buze, apoi o l\u259?s\u259? jos.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? Uite care e problema, Piggy: s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt sau nu stafii? Sau fi are?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te c\u259? nu. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De ce nu ?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? F iindc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? n-are sens. Casele, str\u259?zile, televiziunea \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213?\plain \f4 \fs18 n-ar putea exista.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii care \u355?op\u259?iau \u351?i c\u238?ntau erau acum at\u 238?t de departe, \u238?nc\u238?t zgomotul se auzea doar ca un ritm mut.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i ce dac\u259? n-are sens? Vor besc de ce se \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259? pe aceast\u259? insul\u259?. S\u259? presu punem oare c\u259? exist\u259? fiin\u355?e care ne p\u238?ndesc \u351?i ne a\u35 1?teapt\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph tres\u259?ri violent, se apropie d e Piggy, iar cei doi se ciocnir\u259? r\u259?u unul de altul.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?nceteaz\u259? cu discu\u355?ia asta! Avem destule necazuri, Ralph, \u351?i nu mai pot r\u259?bda prin c\u238?te am trecut . Dac\u259? exist\u259? stafii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar trebui s\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? renun\u355? la \u351?efie. Ascult\u259?-i\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O, Dumnezeule! O, nu!\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Piggy \u238?l \u238?n\u351?fac\u259? pe Ralph de bra\u355?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ar fi Jack \u351?eful, nu ne-am ocup

a dec\u238?t cu v\u238?natul \u351?i nu cu focul. Am r\u259?m\u238?ne aici p\u23 8?n\u259? la moarte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Glasul i se ascu\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine-i \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?la care st\u259? acolo?\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt, Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntem buni de nimi\plain \f19 \ fs18 c, zise Ralph. Trei \u351?oareci orbi. Eu unul renun\u355?.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? renun\u355?i, zise Piggy, \u238?nt r-o \u351?oapt\u259? \u238?nfiorat\u259?, ce se va mai \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259? c u mine?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nimic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ur\u259?\u351?te. Nu \u351?tiu de ce. Dac\u259? ar pu tea face ce vrea... tu e\u351?ti un om \u238?ntreg, pe tine te respect\u259?, \u 238?n afar\u259? de asta, tu ai putea s\u259?-l ba\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut c\u259? \u351?i tu te-ai b\u259?tut cu el mai de mult.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Aveam cochilia, zise Piggy s implu. Aveam dreptul s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? vorbesc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon se foi \u238?n bezn\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fii mai depar te \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?eful nostru.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gura, p ustiule! De ce n-ai spus c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu exist\u259? fiare?\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? tem de el, zise Piggy, \u351 ?i de-asta \u238?l cunosc. Dac\u259? te temi de cineva, \u238?l ur\u259?\u351?ti , dar nu te po\u355?i \u238?mpiedica s\u259? nu te g\u238?nde\u351?ti la el. Te

\u238?n\u351?eli, spun\u238?ndu-\u355?i c\u259? de fapt e un b\u259?iat cumsecad e, iar apoi, c\u238?nd \u238?l vezi iar... e ca astma, nu po\u355?i s\u259? resp iri. Ascult\u259?-m\u259?. \u350?i pe tine te ur\u259?\u351?te, Ralph...\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe mine? De ce?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu. L-ai prins c-a l\u259?sat s\u259? se sting\u259? focu l; \u351?i tu e\u351?ti \u351?eful, iar el nu e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? Dar el este, este Jack Merridew!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu am stat m ult \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n pat \u351?i-am reflectat. Cunosc oamenii. M\u259? cunosc \u351?i pe mine. \u350?i pe el. \u354?ie n-are ce-\u355?i face; dar, dac\ u259? \u238?l evi\u355?i, are s\u259? sar\u259? pe urm\u259?torul. \u350?i acela s\u238?nt eu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy are dreptate, Ralph. Numai tu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i Jack conta\u355?i. Fii mai departe \u351?ef.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fiecare trage \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n alt\u259? pa rte \u351?i lucrurile merg prost. Acas\u259? exista \u238?ntotdeauna un om mare. V\u259? rog, domnule; v\u259? rog, domni\u351?oar\u259?; \u351?i primeai r\u259 ?spunsul. Cum a\u351? mai vrea s\u259? fie a\u351?a!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351? vrea s\u259? fie aici m\u259?tu\u351?ica.\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351? vrea s\u259? fie tata... Dar la ce bun?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?ine focul aprins.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?op\u259?iala se \u238?ncheiase \u35 1?i v\u238?n\u259?torii se \u238?ntorceau la ad\u259?posturi.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O\plain \f19 \fs18 amenii mari \u351?tiu multe, zise Piggy. Lor n u le e fric\u259? de \u238?ntuneric. Se \u238?nt\u238?lnesc, beau ceai \u351?i d iscut\u259?. Lucrurile ar merge de minune...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei

n-ar da foc la insul\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. \u350?i n-ar provoca...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar construi un vapor...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cei tre i b\u259?ie\u355?i st\u259?teau \u238?n bezn\u259?, str\u259?duindu-se zadarnic s\u259? evoce via\u355?a minunat\u259? a adul\u355?ilor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Nu s-ar certa.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 0?i nu mi-ar sparge ochelarii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \f s18 \u350?i n-ar discuta despre fiar\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D ac-ar reu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i s\u259? ne trimit\u259? un mesaj! strig\u259? Ralph cu disperare. Dac-ar putea s\u259? ne trimit\u259? un om mare... un semn, ori altc\plain \f4 \fs18 eva.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Din bezn\u259? r\u259?su n\u259? un urlet sub\u355?ire, care \u238?i \u238?nghe\u355?\u259?, f\u259?c\u23 8?ndu-i s\u259? se caute cu m\u238?inile. Urletul se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? dep\u259?rtat \u351?i nep\u259?m\u238?ntean, devenind o bolboroseal\u259?.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?ntins \u238?n iarba \u238?nalt\u259?, Percival Wemys M adison, de la casa parohial\u259? Harcourt, St. Anthony, trecea prin \u238?mprej ur\u259?ri \u238?n care evocarea solemn\u259? a adresei de acas\u259? se dovedea incapabil\u259? s\u259?-l ajute.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs 18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 VI\plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Fiara din v\u259?zduh\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \

ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Nu se mai vedea dec\u238?t lumina stelelor. C\u238?nd pricepur\u259? d e unde venea acel zgomot lugubru, iar Percival se lini\u351?ti, Ralph \u351?i Si mon \u238?l ridicar\u259? brutal \u351?i-l duser\u259? \u238?ntr-un ad\u259?post . Piggy se \u355?inea pe l\u238?ng\u259? ei, \u238?n ciuda cuvintelor lui curajo ase, iar cei trei b\u259?ie\u355?i mai mari se \u238?ndreptar\u259? \u238?mpreun \u259? spre ad\u259?postul cel mai apropiat. Copiii z\u259?ceau nelini\u351?ti\u 355?i \u351?i g\u259?l\u259?gio\u351?i printre frunzele uscate, privind grupul d e stele care luminau laguna. Uneori, din celelalte ad\u259?posturi \u355?ipa c\u 238?te un pu\u351?ti, iar o dat\u259? un b\u259?iat mai mare vorbi \u238?n \u238 ?ntuneric. Apoi adormir\u259? cu to\u355?ii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O felie su b\u355?ire de lun\u259? se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? la orizont, destul de mare ca s\u259? lase o d\u238?r\u259? de lumin\u259? c\u238?nd poposi pe ap\u259?; p e cer \u238?ns\u259? existau \u351?i alte lumini ce se mi\u351?cau repede, clipe au sau se stingeau, de\u351?i nici o lic\u259?rire c\u238?t de slab\u259? nu aju nse p\u238?n\u259? la ei de la lupta ce se desf\u259?\u351?ura la zece mile \u23 8?n\u259?l\u355?ime. Din lumea adul\u355?ilor sosi un semn, de\u351?i nici un co pil n-a fost treaz ca s\u259?-l observe. Izbucni o explozie de lumin\u259?, desf und\u238?nd cerul ca un tirbu\u351?on; apoi, din nou, bezna \u351?i stelele. Dea supra insulei se \u238?ntinse o pat\u259?, o siluet\u259? ce cobora rapid sub o para\u351?ut\u259?, o siluet\u259? care at\u226?rna, cu picioarele b\u259?l\u259 ?b\u259?nindu-se. V\u238?nturile schimb\u259?toare de la diferite \u238?n\u259?l \u355?imi duceau silueta \u238?n voia lor. Apoi, la aproape cinci kilometri \u23 8?n\u259?l\u355?ime, v\u238?ntul se domoli, purt\u259? silueta \u238?ntr-o curb\ u259? ce cobora de pe cer \u351?i o t\u238?r\u238? piezi\u351?, departe, peste r ecife \u351?i lagun\u259?, \u238?n direc\u355?ia muntelui. Silueta c\u259?zu \u3 51?i se ghemui printre florile albastre de pe coast\u259?. Sufla un v\u238?nt sl ab, iar para\u351?uta bufni, se lovi \u351?i-\u351?i trase \u238?nc\u259?rc\u259 ?tura. Atunci silueta, cu picioarele v\u238?ntur\u238?ndu-i-se \u238?n urm\u259? , alunec\u259? pe munte. Metru cu metru, la fiecare adiere, briza \u238?mpingea silueta printre florile albastre, peste bolovani \u351?i pietrele ro\u351?ii, p\ u238?n\u259? r\u259?mase ghemuit\u259? printre st\u238?ncile sf\u259?r\u238?mate de pe culme. Aci briza sufl\u259? capricios, \u238?ncurc\u259? sforile para\u35 1?utei \u351?i le \u238?mpodobi cu flori; silueta r\u259?mase cu capul acoperit de casc\u259? \u238?ntre genunchi, neclintit\u259? \u351?i cu sforile \u238?nc\u 238?lcite. C\u238?nd v\u238?ntul sufla, sforile se \u238?ntindeau \u351?i atunci presiunea \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259?toare ridica fruntea siluetei \u351?i \u238?i \u238?ndrepta pieptul, de parc\u259? ar fi scrutat peste coama muntelui. De fiec are dat\u259? c\u238?nd v\u238?ntul se oprea, sforile se \u238?nmuiau, iar silue ta se apleca din nou \u238?nainte \u351?i se cufunda cu capul \u238?ntre genunch i, \u238?n vreme ce stelele alunecau pe cer, silueta st\u259?tea pe v\u238?rful muntelui, se apleca \u351?i se \u238?nfunda, se apleca iar...\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n bezna dimine\u355?ii timpurii, l\u238?ng\u259? o st\u238?nc\u259? , ceva mai jos pe coasta muntelui, r\u259?sunar\u259? zgomote. Doi b\u259?ie\u35 5?a\u351?i ie\u351?eau din\u355?r-un morman de cr\u259?ci uscate \u351?i de frun ze moarte, dou\u259? umbre \u238?ntunecate, vorbind somnoros. Erau gemenii, la d atorie l\u238?ng\u259? foc. Teoretic, unul ar fi trebuit s\u259? doarm\u259?, ia r cel\u259?lalt s\u259? stea de veghe. Dar nu reu\u351?eau niciodat\u259? s\u259 ? fac\u259? ceva ca lumea dac\u259? lucrau izolat, \u351?i cum era cu neputin\u3 55?\u259? s\u259? stea treji toat\u259? noaptea, se culcaser\u259? am\u226?ndoi. Se apropiar\u259? acum de pata neagr\u259? unde fusese focul de semnal, c\u259?

scar\u259?, se frecar\u259? la ochi \u351?i p\u259?\u351?ir\u259? sigur. C\u238? nd ajunser\u259? acolo, \u238?ncetar\u259? s\u259? ca\u351?te, iar unul se \u238 ?ntoarse \u238?n fug\u259?, ca s\u259? mai aduc\u259? vreascuri \u351?i frunze.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cel\u259?lalt \u238?ngenunche.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cred c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? s-a stins.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aran ja crengu\u355?ele care i se v\u238?rau \u238?n m\u238?n\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se culc\u259? la p\u259?m\u226?nt, \u238?\u351?i apropie buzele de pat\u259? \u351?i sufl\u259? u\u351?or. \u206?i ap\u259?ru fa\u355?a, luminat\u259? \u238?n ro\u351?u. O clip\u259?, \u238?ncet \u259? s\u259? mai sufle.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam, d\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259?-mi... \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...ni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?t e iasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Eric se aplec\u259? \u351?i sufl\u259? \u 238?ncet, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd pata de lumin\u259? crescu. Sam puse o bucat\ u259? de iasc\u259? pe locul fierbinte, apoi o crac\u259?. Str\u259?lucirea se i ntensific\u259?, iar craca lu\u259? foc. Sam a\u351?ez\u259? \u351?i alte vreasc uri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu le pune pe toate, v\plain \f4 \fs18 \u2 38?ri prea multe.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne \u238?nc\u259?lzim.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Va trebui s\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? mai aducem vreascuri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mi-e frig.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i mie.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn

one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n afar\u259? de asta e...\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntuneric. Foarte bine, mai pune atunci. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Eric\plain \f19 \fs18 se ghemui \u238?n spate \u351?il urm\u259?ri pe Sam cum aprinde focul. Ridic\u259? o mic\u259? piramid\u259? de vreascuri \u351?i focul \u238?ncepu s\u259? ard\u259? bine. m\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Aproape c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? se...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar fi fost...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Turbat...\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Valeu!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii privir\u259? c\u238?t eva clipe focul \u238?n t\u259?cere. Apoi Eric chicoti.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a-i c\u259? era turbat?\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? C\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nd cu...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nd cu focul \u351?i cu porcul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Din fericire, l-a oc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rit pe Jack, \u238?n loc s\u25 9? ne oc\u259?rasc\u259? pe noi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u351?a e. \u206?l \u355?ii minte pe turbatul \u259?la de la \u351?coal\u25 9??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? "B\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?iete, tu-m\u259?mboln\u259?ve\u351?ti-\u238?ncetul-cu-\u238?ncetul-de-nervi!"\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li

n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii izbucnir\u259? \u238?ntr-un r\u238?s identic, apoi, amintindu-\u3 51?i de bezn\u259? \u351?i de altele, se uitar\u259? nesiguri \u238?mprejur. Fl\ u259?c\u259?rile, arz\u238?nd \u238?n piramida de lemne, le atraser\u259? privir ile. Eric urm\u259?ri carii, t\u238?r\u238?ndu-se \u238?nnebuni\u355?i fiindc\u2 59? nu reu\u351?eau s\u259? scape de fl\u259?c\u259?ri, \u351?i se g\u238?ndi la primul fo\plain \f21 \fs18 c \u8213? departe, pe panta mai abrupt\plain \f19 \f s18 \u259? a muntelui, unde domnea acum o bezn\u259? complet\u259?. Nu-i pl\u259 ?cea s\u259?-\u351?i aminteasc\u259? \u351?i se uit\u259? la v\u238?rful muntelu i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Focul \u238?ncepu s\u259? radieze c\u259?ldur\u259? \u351?i s\u259? se reverse pl\u259?cut asupra lor. Sam se distra, v\u238?r\u238? nd c\u238?t mai multe cr\u259?ci \u238?n foc. Eric \u238?\u351?i \u238?ntinse m\ u238?inile, c\u259?ut\u238?nd distan\u355?a la care c\u259?ldura era mai suporta bil\u259?. C\u238?nd privi nep\u259?s\u259?tor dincolo de foc, st\u238?ncile ris ipite cu umbrele lor turtite \u238?\u351?i rec\u259?p\u259?tar\u259? conturul re al v\u259?zut la lumina zilei. Acolo se afla st\u238?nca cea mare, celelalte tre i pietre, st\u238?nca plesnit\u259?, iar dincolo de ea, gaura \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? acolo...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce-i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nimic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 F l\u259?c\u259?rile puseser\u259? st\u259?p\u238?nire pe cr\u259?ci, scoar\u355?a se chircea \u351?i se descojea, lemnul exploda. Cortul se pr\u259?bu\u351?i pe din\u259?untru, azv\u238?rlind un cerc larg de lumin\u259? peste v\u238?rful \pl ain \f4 \fs18 muntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce-i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam! Sam!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 19 \fs18 Sam se uit\u259? enervat la Eric. Intensitatea privirii lui f\u259?cea ca direc\u355?ia \u238?n care se uita s\u259? par\u259? \u238?ngrozitoare, c\u25 9?ci Sam era \u238?ntors cu spatele la ea. Se repezi \u238?n jurul focului, se g hemui l\u238?ng\u259? Eric \u351?i se uit\u259?. R\u259?maser\u259? nemi\u351?ca \u355?i, unul \u238?n bra\u355?ele celuilalt \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? patru och i care priveau \plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?int\u259? \u351?i nu clipeau, dou\u259? g uri deschise.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul

t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Departe, sub ei, pomii din p\u259?dure fo \u351?nir\u259?, apoi mugir\u259?. P\u259?rul de pe frunte le flutur\u259?, iar fl\u259?c\u259?rile focului se aplecar\u259?. La cincisprezece metri de ei s\pla in \f4 \fs18 e auzi zgomotul \u238?nfundat al unei materii ce se umfla.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Nu \u355?ip\u259? nici unul, dar se \u238?mbr\u259?\u355?i\u351 ?ar\u259? mai tare \u351?i gurile li se str\u238?nser\u259?. Zece secunde se ghe muir\u259? astfel, \u238?n timp ce grindina de foc trimitea fum, sc\u238?ntei \u 351?i valuri de lumin\u259? neregulat\u259? peste v\u238?rful mu\plain \f4 \fs18 ntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Apoi, de parc\u259? i-ar fi apucat pe am\u238? ndoi aceea\u351?i groaz\u259?, o rupser\u259? la fug\u259? peste st\u238?nci.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph visa. Adormise dup\u259? ce i se p\u259?ruse c\u259 ? trecuser\u259? ore, tot sucindu-se \u351?i r\u259?sucindu-se zgomotos printre frunzele uscate. Nu mai auzea nici m\u259?car zgomotele viselor din celelalte ad \u259?posturi, fiindc\u259? se \u238?ntorsese acas\u259?, \u351?i d\u259?dea zah \u259?r c\u259?lu\u355?ilor, peste zidul gr\u259?dinii. Apoi cineva \u238?l tras e de bra\u355?, spun\u238?ndu-i c\u259? era vremea s\u259?-\u351?i bea ceaiul.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph, treze\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te-te!\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Frunzele fo\u351?neau violent, ca marea.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph, treze\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?t\plain \f4 \fs18 e-te!\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce s-a \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt\u238?mplat?\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut...\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? ...fiara...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ...clar...\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nte\u355?i? Gemenii?\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut fiara...\par \pard \br

drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Lini\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te. Piggy!\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \f s18 Frunzele continuau s\u259? fo\u351?neasc\u259? violent. Piggy se lovi de el, iar unul dintre gemeni \u238?l \u238?n\u351?fac\u259?, \u238?n clipa c\u238?nd se \u238?ndrepta spre grupul stelelor ce p\u259?leau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Nu ie\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? e \plain \f4 \fs 18 \u238?ngrozitor!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Piggy \u8213? unde s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt suli\u355?ele?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Aud...\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Taci atunci. Stai lini\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tit.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 St\u259?teau \u351?i ascultau, la \u238?nceput cu \u238? ndoial\u259?, apoi cu spaim\u259?, descrierea f\u259?cut\u259? de gemenii ce-\u3 51?i tr\u259?geau sufletul \u238?n mijlocul unei t\u259?ceri depline, \u238?n cu r\u238?nd, bezna se umplu de gheare, de puncte necunoscute \u351?i de amenin\u35 5?\u259?ri. Zori nesf\u238?r\u351?i\u355?i \u351?terser\u259? stelele \u351?i lu mina, trist\u259? \u351?i cenu\u351?ie, se cernu \u238?n sf\u238?r\u351?it prin ad\u259?post, \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? se foiasc\u259?, de\u351?i lumea din af ara ad\u259?postului era plin\u259? de primejdii. Labirintul de \u238?ntuneric s e destr\u259?ma, ap\u259?ruser\u259? lucrurile apropiate \u351?i \u238?ndep\u259 ?rtate, iar \u238?n punctul cel mai \u238?nalt al cerului marginile norilor mici dob\u238?ndir\u259? o culoare cald\u259?. O pas\u259?re de mare b\u259?tu din a ripi sus, cu un \u355?ip\u259?t r\u259?gu\u351?it, al c\u259?rui ecou r\u259?sun \u259? imediat, iar \u238?n p\u259?dure se auzi un strig\u259?t strident. Dungil e de nori de l\u238?ng\u259? orizont \u238?ncepur\u259? s\u259? luceasc\u259? tr andafiriu, iar coamele penate ale palmierilor se \u238?nverzir\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?ngenunche la intrarea ad\u259?postului \u351?i scrut \u259? atent peisajul de jur \u238?mpre\plain \f4 \fs18 jur.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i Eric. Chema\u355?i-i pe b\u259?ie\u3 55?i, \u238?n lini\u351?te. Hai.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii, lipi\u355?i u nul de altul \u351?i tremur\u238?nd, \u238?ndr\u259?znir\u259? s\u259? fac\u259? cei c\u238?\u355?iva pa\u351?i p\u238?n\u259? la ad\u259?postul al\u259?turat, unde \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tiar\u259? \u351?tirile \u238?ngrozitoare. Ralph se ri

dic\u259? \u351?i se plimb\u259? spre platform\u259?, doar pentru a le da curaj, de\u351?i \u238?l treceau fiorii pe \u351?ira spin\u259?rii. Piggy \u351?i Simo n \u238?l urmar\u259?, iar ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i se furi\u351?ar\u259? dup\u259? ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph lu\u259? cochilia de la locul ei de pe butucul lustruit \u351?i o duse la buze: apoi ezit\u259? \u351?i nu sufl\u25 9?. O ridic\u259? \u238?n schimb \u238?n aer, le-o ar\u259?t\u259?, iar ei \u238 ?n\u355?eleser\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Razele soarelui, desf\u259?c\u238 ?ndu-se ca un evantai sub orizont, cobor\u238?r\u259? la nivelul privirii. Ralph se uit\u259? o clip\u259? la felia de aur \u238?n cre\u351?tere, care \u238?i l umina din dreapta \u351?i p\u259?rea c\u259? le d\u259? for\u355?a s\u259? vorbe asc\u259?. Cercul de b\u259?ie\u355?i din fa\u355?a lui formase un m\u259?nunchi str\u238?ns de suli\u355?e de v\u238?n\u259?toare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 06?i d\u259?du cochilia lui Eric, geam\u259?nul cel mai apropiat de el.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut fiara cu ochii no\u351? tri. Nu... nu dormeam...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Sam relu\u259? povestirea. Din obi\u351?nuin\u355?\u259?, o cochilie era acum de ajuns pentru am\u238?ndoi gem enii, c\u259?ci omogenitatea lor fusese recunoscut\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Era p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?roas\u259?. I se mi\u351?ca ceva \u238?n dosul capului... aripi. Fiara se mi\u351?ca...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A fost \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ngrozitor. Parc\u259? s-a ridicat \u238?n capul oaselor...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Focul lumina bine...\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Tocmai \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?l aprinseser\u259?m...\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? .. .mai multe vrea\plain \f4 \fs18 scuri...\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Avea ochi...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Col\plain \f

19 \fs18 \u355?i...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Gheare...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Am fugit c\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?t am putut...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f2 1 \fs18 \u8213? Ne-am lovit de liane...ou\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fiara ne-a urm\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rit... ss\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut-o c\u238?nd ne-am pitulat dup\u259? pomi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Era c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t pe aci s\u259? m\u259? ati ng\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph ar\u259?t\u259? \u238?ngrozit spre fa \u355?a lui Eric, br\u259?zdat\u259? de zg\u238?rieturile l\u259?sate de tufi\u3 51?uri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cum ai p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?\u355?i t asta?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Eric se pip\u259?i pe fa\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt zg\u238?riat tot. S\u238?nger ez?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cercul de b\u259?ie\u355?i se trase \u238?napoi \u2 38?nsp\u259?im\u238?ntat. Johnny, c\u259?sc\u238?nd \u238?nc\u259?, izbucni \u23 8?n lacrimi violente, iar Bill \u238?l p\u259?lmui p\u238?n\u259? \u238?l lini\u 351?ti. Diminea\u355?a luminoas\u259? r\u259?sp\u238?ndea multe amenin\u355?\u25 9?ri, iar cercul \u238?ncepu s\u259?-\u351?i schimbe forma. Se l\u259?rgi \u238? n loc s\u259? se str\u238?ng\u259?, iar suli\u355?ele de lemn ascu\u355?it sem\u 259?nau cu un gard. Jack \u238?i chem\u259? \u238?napoi \u238?n centru.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? fie o v\u238?n\u259?toare a dev\u259?rat\u259?. Cine vine?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se foi ner\u259?bd \u259?tor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl

\brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Suli\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?ele s\u2 38?nt de lemn. Nu fi caraghios.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs 18 \u354?i-e fric\u259?? zise Jack \u351?i \u238?l privi dispre\u355?uitor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te. Cui nu-i e?\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse spre gemeni, implor\u238?ndu-i, dar f\u259?r\ u259? speran\u355?e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sper c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u 259? nu v\u259? bate\u355?i joc de noi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R\u259?spunsul fu prea ap\u259?sat ca s\u259? se mai \u238?ndoiasc\u259? cineva de ei. Piggy lu \u259? cochilia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-am putea... \plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u238?ntr-un fel... s\u259? r\u259?m\u238?nem aici? Poate c\u259? fiara n-o s\ u259? se apropie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Dac\u259? n-ar fi avut sentimentul c\ u259?-i p\u238?nde\u351?te ceva, Ralph s-ar fi r\u259?stit la el.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? st\u259?m aici? \u350?i s\u259? ne cocolo\u351?im pe buc\u259?\u355?ica asta de insul\u259?, mereu la p\u238?nd\u25 9?? Cum o s\u259? g\u259?sim hrana? \u350?i ce se \u238?nt\u238?mpl\u259? cu foc ul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? plec\u259?m, zise Jack ner\u259?bd\u259?tor, ne pierdem vremea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? Nu, nu ne-o pierdem. Ce facem cu pu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tii?\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i dracului!\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aib\u259? cineva grij\u259? de ei. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon

e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? P\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259? acum n-a avut nimeni. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N\plain \f19 \fs18 -a fost nevoie. Ac um e. Piggy o s\u259? aib\u259? grij\u259? de ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a. Fere\u351?te-l pe Piggy de primejdie.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Judec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u351?i tu. Ce poate s\u259? fac\u259? Piggy doar cu un ochi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i b\u259? ie\u355?i se uitau curio\u351?i c\u238?nd la Jack, c\u238?nd la Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i mai e ceva. Nu putem porni la o v\u238?n\u259?toare obi\u351?nuit\u259?, fiindc\u259? fiara nu las\u259? urme. Dac-ar fi l\u259?sat, le-am fi v\u259?zut. Nu e exclus s\u259? se strecoare pri ntre pomi, ca Duc\u259?-se pe pustii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii d\u259?dur\u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u351?a c\u259? trebuie s\u259? ne g\u238?ndim.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Piggy \u 238?\u351?i scoase ochelarii strica\u355?i \u351?i \u351?terse lentila.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce fac\plain \f4 \fs18 em, Ralph?\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? N-ai cochilia. Uite-o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vreau s\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u259? spun... ce facem? S\u259? presupunem c\u259? fiara vine c\u2 38?nd a\u355?i plecat cu to\u355?ii. Eu nu v\u259?d prea bine, \u351?i dac\u259? m\u259? sperii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?ie t i-e \u238?ntotdeauna fric\u259?, interveni dispre\u355?uitor Jack.\par \pard \br drt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li 0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain

\f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am cochilia...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cochilia! Co chili\plain \f19 \fs18 a! strig\u259? Jack. Nu mai avem nevoie de cochilie. \u35 0?tim cine trebuie s\u259? vorbeasc\u259?. La ce i-a folosit lui Simon s\u259? v orbeasc\u259?, sau lui Bill, sau lui Walter? E vremea ca unii s\u259? priceap\u2 59? c\u259? trebuie s\u259? tac\u259? \u351?i s\u259? lase hot\u259?r\u238?rile pe seama noastr\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph nu-i mai\plain \f19 \fs18 putu ignora cuvintele. S\u238?ngele \u238?i n\u259?v\u259?li \u238?n obraji.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-ai cochilia, zise el. Stai jos.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se \u238?n\u259?lbi la fa\u355?\u259?, iar pistruii \u238?i ap\u 259?rur\u259? clar, ca ni\u351?te pete cafenii. Se linse pe buze \u351?i r\u259? mase \u238?n picioare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E o treab\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? de v\u238?n\u259?tor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Restul b\u259?ie\u355?i lor \u238?l urm\u259?rir\u259? cu aten\u355?ie. Piggy, trezindu-se \u238?ntr-o \ u238?ncurc\u259?tur\u259? nepl\u259?cut\u259?, \u238?mpinse cochilia spre genunc hii lui Ralph \u351?i se a\u351?ez\u259?. T\u259?cerea deveni ap\u259?s\u259?toa re \u351?i Piggy \u238?\u351?i \u355?inu r\u259?suflarea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? E mai mult dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t o treab\u259? de v\u238?n\u25 9?tor, zise Ralph \u238?n cele din urm\u259?, fiindc\u259? nu pute\u355?i da de urma fiarei. Nu vre\u355?i s\u259? fi\u355?i salva\u355?i? \par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \f s18 Se \u238?ntoarse spre adunare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu vre\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i s\u259? fi\u355?i cu to\u355?ii salva\u355?i?\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i \u238?ntoarse privirea spre Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? Am mai spus c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? focul e lucrul cel mai importa nt. Acum focul trebuie s\u259? se fi stins...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Vechea ene

rvare \u238?l \plain \f19 \fs18 salv\u259?, d\u238?ndu-i energia de a porni la a tac.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? V-a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i pierdut capul cu to\u355?ii? Trebuie s\u259? aprinde\u355?i din nou focul. Nu te-ai g\u238?nd it niciodat\u259? la asta, Jack, nu? Sau nu vre\u355?i nici unul s\u259? fi\u355 ?i salva\u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ba da, voiau s\u259? fie salva\u355?i, nu \u238?nc\u259?pea \u238?ndoial\u259?; \u351?i, trec\u238?nd repede de partea lui Ralph, evitar\u259? criza. Piggy r\u259?sufl\u259? u\u351?urat, \u238?ncerc \u259? s\u259? respire din nou ad\u238?nc, dar nu reu\u351?i. Se sprijini de un butuc, cu gura deschis\u259? \u351?i \u238?n jurul buzelor \u238?i mijir\u259? u mbre albastre. Nimeni nu-l b\u259?g\u259? \u238?n seam\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? G\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nde\u351?te-te, Jack. E vreun loc pe ins ul\u259? unde n-am fost?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i dec\plain \f19 \f s18 \u238?t... Ba da, r\u259?spunse f\u259?r\u259? chef Jack. \u354?ii minte? Pa rtea aia din insul\u259? \u238?n form\u259? de coad\u259?, unde s\u238?nt gr\u25 9?mezile de st\u238?nci. Am fost prin apropiere. St\u238?ncile fac un fel de pod . Nu-i dec\u238?t un drum de urcare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Iar crea\p lain \f4 \fs18 tura ar putea sta acolo.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Vorbir\u259? cu to\u355?ii \u238?n acela\u351?i timp.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a e! Foarte bine. O s\u259? c\u259?ut\u259?m. Dac\u259? fiara n u-i acolo, o s\u259? ne suim pe munte, o s-o c\u259?ut\u259?m \u351?i-o s\u259? aprindem focul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? m ergem.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? m\u238?nc\u259 ?m mai \u238?nt\u238?i. Plec\u259?m dup\u259? aia, zise Ralph \u351?i ad\u259?ug \u259?: N-ar strica s\u259? lu\u259?m suli\u355?ele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Du p\u259? ce m\u238?ncar\u259?, Ralph \u351?i b\u259?ie\u355?ii mai mari pornir\u2 59? de-a lungul plajei, \u238?l l\u259?sar\u259? pe Piggy sprijinit de platform\ u259?. Ziua promitea, ca \u351?i celelalte, s\u259? fie o baie de soare sub o cu pol\u259? albastr\u259?. Plaja se \u238?ntindea \u238?naintea lor \u238?ntr-o cu rb\u259? dulce, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd perspectiva o contopea cu p\u259?durea; ziua nu \u238?naintase destul pentru a fi umbrit\u259? de voalurile schimb\u259

?toare ale mirajului. Sub conducerea lui Ralph, \u238?\u351?i croir\u259? cu ate n\u355?ie drum de-a lungul terasei cu palmieri, ne\u238?ndr\u259?znind s\u259? c alce pe nisipul fierbinte de l\u238?ng\u259? ap\u259?. Ralph \u238?l l\u259?s\u2 59? pe Jack \u238?n frunte; iar Jack p\u259?\u351?ea cu o pruden\u355?\u259? tea tral\u259?, de\u351?i ar fi v\u259?zut inamicul de la dou\u259?zeci de metri. Ra lph mergea \u238?n urm\u259?, mul\u355?umit c\u259? sc\u259?pase o vreme de r\u2 59?spundere.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon, \u238?naint\u238?nd \u238?n fa\u355 ?a lui Ralph, sim\u355?ea o slab\u259? ne\u238?ncredere \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213 ? o fiar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? cu gheare care zg\u238?riau, a\u351?ezat\u259? pe v\u238?rful unui munte, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? lase urme, nefiind totu\u351?i destul de iute ca s\u259?-i \u238?nha\u355?e pe Sam \u351?i Eric. Indiferent cu m \u238?\u351?i \u238?nchipuia Simon fiara, cu ochii min\u355?ii vedea imaginea unei f\u259?pturi umane, eroice \u351?i bolnave.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Suspin \u259?. Al\u355?ii se dovedeau \u238?n stare s\u259? se ridice \u351?i s\u259? v orbeasc\u259? adun\u259?rii, f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? lase impresia c\u259?-i apas \u259? senza\u355?ia \u238?ngrozitoare a propriei personalit\u259?\u355?i; erau \u238?n stare s\u259? spun\u259? ce voiau, ca \u351?i cum ar fi vorbit unuia sin gur. Se trase \u238?ntr-o parte \u351?i se uit\u259? \u238?n urm\u259?. Ralph \u 238?nainta cu suli\u355?a pe um\u259?r. Simon \u238?ncetini sfios pasul p\u238?n \u259? ajunse al\u259?turi de el \u351?i \u238?l cercet\u259? prin p\u259?rul ne gru \u351?i aspru care \u238?i c\u259?dea \u238?n ochi. Ralph se uit\u259? \u238 ?ntr-o parte, z\u238?mbi silit, ca \u351?i cum ar fi uitat c\u259? Simon se f\u2 59?cuse de r\u238?s, apoi se uit\u259? din nou \u238?n gol. C\u238?teva clipe, S imon se bucur\u259? c\u259? fusese acceptat \u351?i \u238?ncet\u259? s\u259? se g\u238?ndeasc\u259? la sine. C\u238?nd Simon se ciocni de un pom, Ralph schimb\u 259? ner\u259?bd\u259?tor privirea, iar Robert chicoti. Simon se r\u259?suci pe picioare, pata alb\u259? de pe frunte se ro\u351?i \u351?i i se prelinse o \u351 ?uvi\u355?\u259? de s\u238?nge. Ralph nu-i mai d\u259?du aten\u355?ie \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse la problemele sale groaznice. Aveau s\u259? ajung\u259? la castel ul de st\u238?nci \u238?n cur\u238?nd; iar \u351?eful trebuia s\u259? mearg\u259 ? mai departe.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack se \u238?ntoarse \u238?n fug\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 Am g\u259?sit un punct de ob serva\u355?ie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine. O s\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? ne apropiem c\u238?t putem.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l urm\u259?r i pe Jack spre castelul unde terenul se ridica u\u351?or. \u206?n st\u238?nga se afla \u238?nc\u238?lceala impenetrabil\u259? a lianelor \u351?i a pomilor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De ce nu s-ar putea ca fiara s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 59? fie acolo? \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b

rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \plain \f19 \fs18 vezi de ce ? Fiindc\u259? nu poate intra \u351?i nici ie\u351?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Ce facem atunci cu castelul?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ia uit\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u259?-te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph desf\u259?cu paravanul de frunze \u351?i se uit\u259?. \u206?n fa\u355?a lor se \u238?ntindeau doar c\u23 8?\u355?iva metri de teren st\u238?ncos, iar apoi cele dou\u259? laturi ale insu lei se \u238?mbucau, de parc\u259? ar fi fost un promontoriu. O ridic\u259?tur\u 259? strimt\u259? de recife, lat\u259? de c\u238?\u355?iva metri \u351?i lung\u2 59? de aproape cincisprezece, prelungea \u238?ns\u259? insula \u238?n mare. Se v edea \u351?i una dintre acele st\u238?nci p\u259?trate \u351?i trandafirii care sus\u355?ineau baza insulei. Aceast\u259? latur\u259? a castelului, \u238?nalt\u 259? poate de treizeci de metri, era bastionul trandafiriu pe care \u238?l v\u25 9?zuser\u259? de pe v\u238?rful muntelui. Baza recifului plesnise, iar pe v\u238 ?rf se aflau risipi\u355?i bolovani mari, ce p\u259?reau c\u259? se clatin\u259? .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n spatele lui Ralph, v\u238?n\u259?torii t\u259 ?cu\u355?i se adunaser\u259? \u238?n iarba \u238?nalt\u259?. Ralph se uit\u259? la Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti v\u238?n\u 259?tor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack ro\u351?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?tiu. Foarte bine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph prins e curaj.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?e ful. Am s\u259? merg. Nu comenta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ntoarse spre ceilal\u355?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hei, voi. Ascunde\plain \f19 \f s18 \u355?i-v\u259? aici. A\u351?tepta\u355?i-m\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18

\u206?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? glasul lui risca s\u259? nu se mai aud\u25 9?, sau s\u259? r\u259?sune prea tare. \plain \f4 \fs18 II \plain \f4 \fs18 priv i pe Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rere ai? \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am fost pretutindeni. Fiara trebuie s\plain \f 19 \fs18 \u259? fie aici, bomb\u259?ni Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \p lain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n\u355?eleg.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu cred c\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u259? exist\u259? fiara, se b\u238?lb\u238?i \u238?ncurcat Simon .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?i r\u259?spunse politicos, ca \u351?i cum i-ar fi dat dreptate \u238?n privin\u355?a vremii.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Nu, nici eu nu cred.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i str\u238?nse bu zele care i se albiser\u259?, \u238?\u351?i netezi p\u259?rul peste cap cu o mi\ u351?care \u238?nceat\u259? de tot.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei bine, la revedere. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i sili picioarele s\u259? se mi \u351?te p\u238?n\u259? \u238?l duser\u259? la promontoriu.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \ fs18 Pr\u259?p\u259?stii de aer \u238?l \u238?nconjurar\u259? din toate p\u259?r \u355?ile. N-avea unde s\u259? se ascund\u259?, chiar dac\u259? n-ar fi trebuit s\u259? \u238?nainteze. Se opri pe promontoriul strimt \u351?i se uit\u259? \u23 8?n jos. La un moment dat, peste c\u238?teva secole, marea avea s\u259? transfor me castelul \u238?ntr-o insul\u259?. La dreapta se g\u259?sea laguna, mi\u351?ca t\u259? de marea deschis\u259?; iar la st\u238?nga...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R alph se cutremur\u259?. Laguna \u238?i ap\u259?ra de Pacific; \u351?i, dintr-un motiv greu de \u351?tiut, doar Jack se dusese p\u238?n\u259? la malul m\u259?rii , pe cealalt\u259? parte. Avea perspectiva celui de pe uscat asupra valurilor um flate \u351?i i se p\u259?ru la fel ca respira\u355?ia unei creaturi uluitoare. Valurile se cufundau \u238?ncet printre st\u238?nci, dezgolind mese trandafirii de granit, tufi\u351?uri ciudate de coral, polipi \u351?i iarb\u259? marin\u259? . Jos, jos de tot, apele se pr\u259?bu\u351?eau \u351?i \u351?opteau ca v\u238?n

tul prin coroana p\u259?durii. V\u259?zu acolo o st\u238?nc\u259? plat\u259?, \u 238?ntins\u259? ca o mas\u259?, iar apele retr\u259?g\u238?ndu-se de pe cele pat ru margini acoperite de iarb\u259? marin\u259? le f\u259?ceau s\u259? semene cu ni\u351?te recife. Apoi, leviatanul adormit r\u259?sufl\u259?, apele se umflar\u 259?, ierburile marine se \u238?ncovoiar\u259?, iar apa clocoti mugind deasupra masei de st\u238?nc\u259?. Nu-\u355?i d\u259?deai seama de mi\u351?carea valuril or, ci doar de aceast\u259? pr\u259?bu\u351?ire, urcare \u351?i iar pr\u259?bu\u 351?ire, care \u355?inea un minut.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoar se spre reciful ro\u351?u. B\u259?ie\u355?ii \u238?l a\u351?teptau \u238?n iarba \u238?nalt\u259?, undeva \u238?n spate, ca s\u259? vad\u259? ce-avea de g\u238? nd. Observ\u259? c\u259? transpira\u355?ia din palme i se uscase; \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama cu surprindere c\u259? nu se a\u351?tepta s\u259? \u238?nt\u238? lneasc\u259? vreo fiar\u259? \u351?i nici nu \u351?tia ce-ar fi f\u259?cut dac\u 259? ar fi \u238?nt\u238?lnit-o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i d\u259?d u seama c\u259? se putea coco\u355?a pe recif, de\u351?i nu era nevoie. Forma p\ u259?trat\u259? a st\u238?ncii \u238?ng\u259?duia un fel de plint\u259? \u238?n jur, a\u351?a \u238?nc\u238?t la dreapta, deasupra lagunei, putea \u238?nainta \ u238?ncet de-a lungul unei corni\u351?e \u351?i ocoli col\u355?ul care nu se ved ea. Era u\u351?or de mers \u351?i \u238?n cur\u238?nd trase cu ochiul pe l\u238? ng\u259? st\u238?nc\u259?\plain \f4 \fs18 .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 V\u259?zu d oar ceea ce a\u351?teptase: bolovani trandafirii, claie peste gr\u259?mad\u259?, acoperi\u355?i de un strat de guano ca de o glazur\u259?; apoi o costi\u351?\u2 59? abrupt\u259?, ce urca spre st\u238?ncile sf\u259?r\u238?mate care \u238?ncun unau bastionul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Un zgomot din spate \u238?l f\u259?cu s \u259? se \u238?ntoarc\u259?. Jack \u238?nainta de-a lungul corni\u351?ei.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-am vrut s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? te las s\u259? m ergi singur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu r\u259?spunse, \u238?\u351?i cont inu\u259? drumul peste st\u238?nci, cercet\u259? o jum\u259?tate de cavern\u259? , \u238?n care nu se aflau dec\u238?t mormane de ou\u259? stricate, \u351?i \u23 8?n cele din urm\u259? se a\u351?ez\u259?, se uit\u259? de jur \u238?mprejur \u3 51?i lovi st\u238?nc\u259? cu m\u238?nerul suli\u355?ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Jack frem\u259?ta.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce loc de construit un for t!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O coloan\u259? de spum\u259? marin\u259? \u238?i ud\

u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu exist\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ap\u259 ? proasp\u259?t\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce-i aia, atunci?\par \p ard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdr w10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La jum\u259?tatea distan\u355?ei, pe st\u238?nc\u259?, se ved ea o pat\u259? lung\u259? \u351?i verde. Se coco\u355?ar\u259? p\u238?n\u259? la ea \u351?i gustar\u259? din firicelul de ap\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Am putea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? punem o coaj\u259? de nuc\u259? de cocos acolo, ca s\u259? fie mereu plin\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nici n u m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? g\u238?ndesc. E un loc foarte prost.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Urcar\u259? \u238?mpreun\u259? ultima treapt\u259?, unde o ultim\u259? st\u238?nc\u259? zdrobit\u259? acoperea gr\u259?mada \u238?n descre\u351?tere. Jack lovi st\u238?nc\u259? de l\u238?ng\u259? el cu pumnul, iar masa hurui stins .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?ii minte?\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i amintir\u259? momentele nepl\u259?cute de mai \u238? nainte. Jack izbucni:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? v\u238?r\u238?m un trunchi de palmier sub st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i dac\u259? vi ne du\u351?manul... ia uit\u259?-te!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La treizeci de met ri sub ei se g\u259?seau istmul, terenul st\u238?ncos \u351?i iarba plin\u259? d e capete, iar \u238?n fund p\u259?durea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Doar o dat\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? dac-o \u238?mpingem, strig\u259? Jack entuziasmat, \u351?i gata!...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Descrise un gest larg cu m\u238?na, ca \u351?i cum ar fi m\u259?turat st\u238?nc\u259?. Ralph se uit\u259? spre munte. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0

\cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce s-a \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt\u238?mplat?\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \ fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? D\plain \f4 \fs18 e ce?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Priveai... nu \plain \f 19 \fs18 \u351?tiu cum s\u259?-\u355?i spun.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu se vede fumul. Nu se vede nimic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-ai \plain \ f19 \fs18 \u238?nnebunit cu fumul \u259?la.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Orizontul a lbastru \u351?i \u238?ntins \u238?i \u238?ncercuia, spart doar de v\u238?rful mu ntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u258?sta-i cel mai i mportant lucru pe care-l avem de f\u259?cut.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u35 1?i sprijini suli\u355?a de st\u238?nca ce se clintea \u351?i-\u351?i d\u259?du dou\u259? \u351?uvi\u355?e peste cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne \u238?ntoarcem \u351?i s\u259? urc\u259?m pe munte. Acolo au v\u259?zut fiara.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-o s\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? fie acolo.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce facem, atunci?\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i, a\u351?tept\u238?nd \u238?n iar b\u259?, \u238?i v\u259?zur\u259? pe Jack \u351?i pe Ralph nev\u259?t\u259?ma\u3 55?i \u351?i ie\u351?ir\u259? la lumina soarelui. Uitaser\u259? de fiar\u259?, f ura\u355?i de entuziasmul explor\u259?rii. Trecur\u259? ca un puhoi peste pod \u 351?i \u238?n cur\u238?nd urcau \u351?i strigau. Ralph r\u259?mase pe loc, cu m\ u238?na pe o imens\u259? st\u238?nca ro\u351?ie \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? o st\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nca mare ca o roat\u259? de moar\u259?, care se cr\u259?pa se, se desprinsese \u351?i at\u238?rna vibr\u238?nd. Privi sumbru muntele. Isi \ u238?ncle\u351?ta pumnul \u351?i b\u259?tu \u238?n zidul ro\u351?u din dreapta, de parc\u259? ar fi fost un ciocan. Buzele i se str\u238?nser\u259? violent iar

ochii de sub \u351?uvi\u355?ele de p\u259?r priveau melancolic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Fum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i supse pumnul \u238? nvine\u355?it.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack! Hai.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Dar Jack disp\u259?ruse. Un p\u238?lc de b\u259?ie\u355?i, f\u259?c\u238?nd o h\u259?rm\u259?laie pe care n-o auzise, se opintea \u351?i \u 238?mpingea o st\u238?nca. \u206?n timp ce se \u238?ntorcea, baza st\u238?ncii t rosni \u351?i \u238?ntreaga mas\u259? se pr\u259?bu\u351?i \u238?n mare, arunc\u 238?nd cu bubuituri o jerb\u259? de spum\u259? p\u238?n\u259? la jum\u259?tatea \u238?n\u259?l\u355?imii recifului.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sta\plain \ f19 \fs18 \u355?i! Sta\u355?i!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Vocea lui \u238?i lini\u 351?ti.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n m intea lui se petrecu un lucru straniu. Se zb\u259?tea ceva ca o arip\u259? de li liac \u351?i o \u238?ntuneca.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fum.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 Ideea \u238?i reveni imediat, o dat\u259? cu m\u238?nia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pl ain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Avem nevoie de fum. Iar voi v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? pie rde\u355?i vremea, \u238?mpinge\u355?i st\u238?nci.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? Avem timp destul! strig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? Roger.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne suim pe munte, zise Ralph \u351?i cl \u259?tin\u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s

l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 H\u259?rm\u259?laia izbucni ia r. Mai mul\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i doreau s\u259? se \u238?ntoarc\u259? pe plaj\ u259?. Al\u355?ii voiau s\u259? \u238?mping\u259? \u351?i alte st\u238?nci. Soar ele str\u259?lucea, iar primejdia disp\u259?ruse o dat\u259? cu \u238?ntunericul .\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack. Fiara poate fi de cealalt\plain \f19 \f s18 \u259? parte a muntelui. Condu-ne din nou. Ai mai fost pe-acolo.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mergem pe mal. S\u238?n t fructe.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \ shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Bill se apropie de Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \ fs18 \u8213? De ce nu r\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?m\u238?nem aici ni\u355?el?\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai dreptate.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai s\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? cons\plain \f4 \fs18 truim un fort...\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-avem hran\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aici, zise Ralph, \u351?i nic i ad\u259?post. \u350?i nici prea mult\u259? ap\u259? proasp\u259?t\u259?.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea construi un castel de vr\plain \f19 \fs18 \ u259?jitor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am putea \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?mpi nge st\u238?nci...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? P\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u 259? la pod...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am zis c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mergem mai departe! strig\u259? Ralph furios. Trebuie s\u259? ne asigur\u259?m. Acum plec\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? st\u259?m aici...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?nap oi la ad\u259?post...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr

w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?n t obosit...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i coji pielea de pe \u238?ncheietura degetelor. Nu p\u259?rea s\u259 ?-l doar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt \u351?eful. Trebuie s\u259? ne asigur\u259?m. Nu vede\u355?i muntele? Nu se z\u2 59?re\u351?te fum deloc. S-ar putea s\u259? fie un vapor acolo \u238?n dep\u259? rtare. A\u355?i \u238?nnebunit cu to\u355?ii?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie \u355?ii t\u259?cur\u259? sau murmurar\u259?, gata s\u259? se r\u259?zvr\u259?te asc\u259?. Jack \u238?i conduse \u238?n josul st\u238?ncii \u351?i peste pod.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 VII\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Umbre \u351?i arbori \u238?nal\u35 5?i\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u259?rarea porcilor se a fla \u238?n cealalt\u259? parte, aproape de gr\u259?mada de st\u238?nci de pe ma l, iar Ralph se mul\u355?umi s-o urmeze. Dac\u259? reu\u351?eai s\u259?-\u355?i astupi urechile la scurgerea \u351?i la fierberea refluxului, dac\u259? reu\u351 ?eai s\u259? ui\u355?i c\u238?t de cenu\u351?ii \u351?i de pustii erau meleaguri le acoperite cu ferigi din ambele p\u259?r\u355?i, atunci mai exista posibilitat ea s\u259? izgone\u351?ti fiara din minte \u351?i, o vreme, chiar s\u259? \u351? i visezi. Soarele trecuse de zenit, iar ar\u351?i\u355?a dup\u259?-amiezei cupri ndea insula. Ralph \u238?i trimise un mesaj lui Jack \u351?i, c\u238?nd ajunser\ u259? la fructe, \u238?ntregul grup se opri \u351?i m\u238?nc\u259?.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f4 \fs18 Pentru prima oar\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?n acea zi, c\u238?nd

se a\u351?ez\u259?, Ralph \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama de c\u259?ldur\u259?. T rase dezgustat de c\u259?ma\u351?a cenu\u351?ie \u351?i se \u238?ntreb\u259? dac \u259? merita s-o spele, \u238?n ar\u351?i\u355?a care i se p\u259?rea neobi\u35 1?nuit\u259? chiar \u351?i pentru aceast\u259? insul\u259?, Ralph pl\u259?nui cu m s\u259?-\u351?i fac\u259? toaleta. Ar fi vrut s\u259? aib\u259? o foarfec\u259 ? \u351?i s\u259?-\u351?i taie p\u259?rul \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du peste cap claia de p\u259?r \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mai scurteze p\u259?rul \u259?sta murdar, l\u259?s \u238?ndu-l lung doar de un centimetru. Ar fi vrut s\u259? fac\u259? baie, o bai e ca lumea, cu s\u259?pun, \u238?\u351?i plimb\u259? prudent limba peste din\u35 5?i \u351?i ajunse la concluzia c\u259? nici o periu\u355?\u259? de din\u355?i n -ar strica. Apoi unghiile...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238?\u351?i \u238? ntoarse m\u238?na \u351?i \u238?\u351?i cercet\u259? unghiile. Erau mu\u351?cate p\u238?n\u259? \u238?n carne, de\u351?i nu-\u351?i amintea c\u238?nd \u238?\u35 1?i reluase acest obicei \u351?i nici de ce o f\u259?cuse.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \f s18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n cur\u238?nd am s\u259?-mi sug \u351?i dege tul mare...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Se uit\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? furi\u351? \u 238?mprejur. Se p\u259?rea c\u259? nu-l auzise nimeni. V\u238?n\u259?torii st\u2 59?teau jos, \u238?ndop\u238?ndu-se cu aceast\u259? hran\u259? u\u351?or de g\u2 59?sit, \u238?ncerc\u238?nd s\u259? se conving\u259? c\u259? acumulau destul\u25 9? for\u355?\u259? din banane \u351?i din fructele alea verzi-cenu\u351?ii, ca n i\u351?te jeleuri. Ralph \u238?\u351?i aminti de trupul s\u259?u obi\u351?nuit o dinioar\u259? cu cur\u259?\u355?enia \u351?i \u238?i examina \u351?i pe b\u259?i e\u355?i. Erau murdari, dar nu din cale-afar\u259?, ca aceia care c\u259?zuser\u 259? \u238?n noroi sau alunecaser\u259? \u238?ntr-o zi de ploaie. Nici unul n-av ea mare nevoie s\u259? fac\u259? un du\u351?, \u351?i totu\u351?i, p\u259?rul le crescuse mult prea lung, \u238?nc\u238?lcit uneori \u351?i \u238?nnodat \u238?n jurul unei frunze uscate sau al unei cr\u259?cu\u355?e; fe\u355?ele erau destul de curate c\u238?nd m\u238?ncau sau transpirau, dar p\u259?tate prin p\u259?r\u 355?ile mai greu accesibile de un fel de umbre; nu mai purtau hainele uzate \u35 1?i \u355?epene de transpira\u355?ie, ca \u351?i ale lui, dar asta nu din pudoar e sau din confort, ci doar din obi\u351?nuin\u355?\u259?; pielea devenise solzoa s\u259? din cauza apei s\u259?rate a m\u259?rii...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Desc operi cu o mic\u259? str\u238?ngere de inim\u259? c\u259? socotea aceste condi\u 355?ii drept normale \u351?i c\u259? nu-i mai p\u259?sa. Suspin\u259? \u351?i az v\u238?rli craca de pe care culesese fructele. V\u238?n\u259?torii \u238?ncepuse r\u259? s\u259? se furi\u351?eze \u238?n p\u259?dure sau jos, pe l\u238?ng\u259? st\u238?nci, ca s\u259?-\u351?i \u238?ndeplineasc\u259? misiunea. Ralph se \u23 8?ntoarse \u351?i se uit\u259? spre marea \u238?ntins\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aici, de cealalt\u259? parte a insulei, perspectiva era complet diferit\u2 59?. Minunile \u238?nv\u259?luite ale mirajului nu rezistau la apa rece a oceanu lui, iar orizontul era de un albastru tare. Ralph cobor\u238? spre st\u238?nci. Acolo, aproape la nivelul m\u259?rii, se vedea mi\u351?carea ne\u238?ncetat\u259 ? \u351?i umflat\u259? a valurilor de pe marea ad\u238?nc\u259?. Se vedeau pe c\ u238?\u355?iva kilometri, aparent f\u259?r\u259? st\u238?nci \u351?i f\u259?r\u2

59? banchizele de nisip ale apei pu\u355?in ad\u238?nci. Alunecau de-a lungul in sulei, pref\u259?c\u238?ndu-se c\u259? o ignor\u259?, ocupate cu alte treburi; e ra nu at\u238?t o \u238?naintare, c\u238?t o urcare \u351?i o c\u259?dere specta culoas\u259? a \u238?ntregului ocean. Acum marea avea s\u259? se retrag\u259?, p rovoc\u238?nd cascade \u351?i pr\u259?bu\u351?iri ale apei ce d\u259?dea \u238?n apoi, avea s\u259? se cufunde dincolo de st\u238?nci \u351?i s\u259? lipeasc\u25 9? pe ele iarba marin\u259? ca un p\u259?r lucios; apoi, oprindu-se, aveau s\u25 9? se adune \u351?i s\u259? se \u238?nal\u355?e cu un muget, umfl\u238?ndu-se ir ezistibil peste v\u238?rfuri \u351?i peste vegeta\u355?ie, c\u259?\u355?\u259?r\ u238?ndu-se pe micul recif, trimi\u355?\u238?nd \u238?n cele din urm\u259? un br a\u355? de talazuri printr-un golf \u351?i sf\u238?r\u351?indu-se la c\u238?\u35 5?iva metri de el \u238?n degete de spum\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph urm\u259?ri, val dup\u259? val, urcarea \u351?i pr\u259?bu\u351?irea, p\u238?n\u 259? c\u238?nd ceva din izolarea m\u259?rii \u238?l n\u259?uci. Apoi, treptat, \ u238?ntinderea aproape infinit\u259? a acestei ape \u238?i atrase aten\u355?ia c u for\u355?a. Aici se afla desp\u259?r\u355?irea, bariera. De cealalt\u259? part e a insulei, \u238?nv\u259?luit\u259? la pr\u238?nz de miraje, ap\u259?rat\u259? de scutul lagunei lini\u351?tite, puteai s\u259? visezi la salvare; aici \u238? ns\u259?, \u238?n fa\u355?a obtuzit\u259?\u355?ii brute a oceanului, a kilometri lor ce-i desp\u259?r\u355?eau, erai b\u259?tut \u238?n cuie, neputincios, condam nat, erai...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon \u238?i vorbi aproape \u238?n ureche . Ralph se trezi c\u259? str\u238?ngea dureros \u238?n m\u238?ini buc\u259?\u355 ?i de st\u238?nc\u259?. \u206?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? trupul i se \u238? nconvoiase, c\u259? mu\u351?chii g\u238?tului \u238?i \u238?n\u355?epeniser\u259 ? \u351?i c\u259? gura \u238?l durea, tot \u355?in\u238?nd-o larg deschis\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Te \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntorci de unde-ai ve nit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon d\u259?du din cap \u238?n timp ce vorbea, \u 238?ngenunchease cu un picior \u351?i privea \u238?n jos de pe o st\u238?nc\u259 ? mai \u238?nalt\u259?, de care se \u355?inea cu am\u238?ndou\u259? m\u238?inile ; cel\u259?lalt picior se \u238?ntindea p\u238?n\u259? jos la nivelul lui Ralph. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph, nedumerit, cercet\u259? fa\u355?a lui Simon, c\ u259?ut\u238?nd un indiciu.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ascult\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u259?, e a\u351?a de mare...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \s b0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon d\u259?du din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Si totu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i, ai s\u25 9? te \u238?ntorci cu bine. Cel pu\u355?in a\u351?a cred.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno

ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Trupul lui Ralph se mai destinse. Se uit\u259? la mare, apoi \u238?i z\u238?m bi amar lui Simon.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai un vapor \plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?n buzunar?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Simon z\u238?mbi \u351?i cl\u259?tin\ u259? din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De unde \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351? tii, atunci?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Cum Simon nu r\u259?spunse, Ralph zise ar\ u355?\u259?gos:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?ti s\u 259?rit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Simon \u238?l con\plain \f19 \fs18 trazise cu o mi\u351?care violent\u259? a capului, p\u238?n\u259? c\u238?nd p\u259?rul aspru \u351?i negru \u238?i juca \u238?nainte \u351?i \u238?napoi pe fa\u355?\u259?.\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu, nu s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?nt. Cred numai c-o s\u259? te \u238?ntorci cu bine.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O clip\u259? nu ma i spuse nimic. Apoi \u238?\u351?i z\u238?mbir\u259? brusc.\par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \f s18 Roger \u238?i chem\u259? din desi\u351?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ve ni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i s\u259? vede\u355?i\plain \f4 \fs18 !\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Al\u259?turi de c\u259?rarea porcilor, p\u259?m\u238?ntul era r\u259? scolit \u351?i se vedea o balig\u259? aburind\u259?. Jack se aplec\u259? spre ea , aproape cu simpatie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ralph... avem nevoie de carne, chiar dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? acum urm\u259?rim altceva.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu ne abatem din drum, o s\u259

? v\u238?n\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pornir\u259? din nou; v\u238?n\u259? torii erau ni\u355?el speria\u355?i de fiara pomenit\u259?; Jack deschidea coloa na. Mergeau mai \u238?ncet dec\u238?t \u238?\u351?i f\u259?cuse socoteala Ralph; \u351?i totu\u351?i, \u238?ntr-un fel, se bucura c\u259? p\u259?\u351?e\u351?te mai alene, cu suli\u355?a la subsuoar\u259?, \u238?n grupul lui Jack se petrece a o \u238?nt\u238?mplare nea\u351?teptat\u259? \u351?i \u238?n cur\u238?nd proce siunea se opri. Ralph se sprijini de un pom \u351?i, brusc, visele diurne \u238? l asaltar\u259?. Jack era ocupat cu v\u238?n\u259?toarea; o s\u259? fie timp s\u 259? urce pe munte...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Odat\u259?, urm\u238?ndu-l pe tat \u259?l lui de la Chatham la Devonport, locuiser\u259? \u238?ntr-o c\u259?su\u35 5?\u259? de la marginea g\u238?rlei. \u206?n succesiunea de case pe care le cuno scuse Ralph, aceasta se deta\u351?a cu o limpezime deosebit\u259?, c\u259?ci dup \u259? ce plecase din ea fusese trimis la \u351?coal\u259?. M\u259?mica mai era cu ei, iar t\u259?ticu venea acas\u259? zilnic. La zidul de piatr\u259? din fund ul gr\u259?dinii poposeau c\u259?lu\u355?i s\u259?lbatici, iar afar\u259? ninses e. Chiar \u238?n dosul c\u259?su\u355?ei se afla un fel de ad\u259?post, unde pu teai sta tol\u259?nit, urm\u259?rind cum trec \u238?n zbor fulgii de z\u259?pad\ u259?. Se z\u259?rea pata umed\u259? unde murea fiecare fulg; apoi vedeai primul fulg care se a\u351?ternea f\u259?r\u259? s\u259? se topeasc\u259? \u351?i urm\ u259?reai cum \u238?ntreg p\u259?m\u238?ntul se albe\u351?te. C\u238?nd \u355?i se f\u259?cea frig, puteai s\u259? intri \u238?n cas\u259? \u351?i s\u259? te ui \u355?i pe fereastr\u259?, dincolo de ceainicul str\u259?lucitor de aram\u259? \ u351?i de farfuria pictat\u259? cu omule\u355?i alba\u351?tri...\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 La culcare g\u259?seai o cea\u351?c\u259? cu fulgi de ov\u259?z cu zah \u259?r \u351?i sm\u238?nt\u238?n\u259?. C\u259?r\u355?ile \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8 213? aflate pe un raft de l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ng\u259? pat \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? st\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?teau aplecate, iar dou\u259? sau trei erau v e\u351?nic culcate pe deasupra, fiindc\u259? nu se mai obosise s\u259? le pun\u2 59? la loc. C\u259?r\u355?ile aveau col\u355?urile uzate \u351?i erau zg\u238?ri ate. De pild\u259?, cea deschis\u259? la culoare \u351?i lucioas\u259? despre To psy \u351?i Mopsy, pe care n-o citise niciodat\u259? fiindc\u259? era despre dou \u259? fete; apoi cealalt\u259? despre vr\u259?jitor, pe care o citeai cu un fel de groaz\u259? re\u355?inut\u259?, s\u259?rind peste pagina dou\u259?zeci \u351 ?i \u351?apte cu desenul oribil al p\u259?ianjenului; mai era \u351?i cartea des pre oamenii care scoteau prin s\u259?p\u259?turi diverse lucruri, obiecte egipte ne; era \u351?i \plain \f4 \i \fs18 Manualul de trenuri pentru tineri\plain \f4 \fs18 sau \plain \f4 \i \fs18 Manualul de vapoare\plain \f4 \fs18 \plain \f4 \ i \fs18 pentru tineri\plain \f19 \fs18 , \u238?i ap\u259?rur\u259? viu \u238?n f a\u355?\u259?; ar fi putut s\u259? \u238?ntind\u259? mina \u351?i s\u259? le ati ng\u259?, putea s\u259? simt\u259? greutatea \u351?i mi\u351?carea lent\u259? cu care \plain \f19 \i \fs18 Cartea uria\u351?\u259? pentru tineri\plain \f19 \fs1 8 avea s\u259? ias\u259? din raft \u351?i s\u259? alunece \u238?n jos... Totul era perfect. Domneau prietenia \u351?i buna dispozi\u355?ie.\par \pard \s9 \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f19 \fs18 Tufi\u351?urile fur\u259? despicate zgomotos \u238?n fa\u355?a lor. B\ u259?ie\u355?ii se azv\u238?rlir\u259? nebune\u351?te de pe c\u259?rarea porcilo r \u351?i se pitir\u259? url\u238?nd printre liane. Ralph \u238?l v\u259?zu pe J ack \u238?nghiontit \u238?ntr-o parte \u351?i c\u259?z\u238?nd. Apoi un animal a p\u259?ru trop\u259?ind pe c\u259?rare, drept spre el, cu col\u355?ii str\u259?l

ucitori \u351?i groh\u259?ind amenin\u355?\u259?tor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ra lph \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? putea m\u259?sura distan\u355?a cu luc iditate. C\u238?nd mistre\u355?ul ajunsese la doar cinci metri, arunc\u259? suli \u355?a caraghioas\u259? de lemn pe care o ducea, o v\u259?zu cum love\u351?te r \u238?tul uria\u351? \u351?i r\u259?m\u238?ne o clip\u259? at\u238?rnat\u259?. G roh\u259?itul se transform\u259? \u238?ntr-un \u355?ip\u259?t ascu\u355?it, iar mistre\u355?ul o apuc\u259? \u238?ntr-o parte \u238?n desi\u351?uri. C\u259?rare a se umplu din nou de b\u259?ie\u355?i care strigau; Jack se \u238?ntoarse \u238 ?n fug\u259? \u351?i c\u259?ut\u259? cu suli\u355?a prin tufi\u351?uri.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe aici...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar are s\p lain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne omoare...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe-aici, am spus...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Mistre\u355?ul se \u238?ndep\u259?rt\u259?. De scoperir\u259? o alt\u259? c\u259?rare de porci, paralel\u259? cu prima, iar Jac k o rupse la fug\u259?. Ralph se speriase, dar era plin de grij\u259? \u351?i de m\u238?ndrie.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am nimerit! Suli\plain \f19 \f s18 \u355?a s-a \u238?nfipt...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 D\u259?dur\u259? deodat\ u259? peste un teren deschis, l\u238?ng\u259? mare. Jack arunc\u259? o privire s pre st\u238?nca goal\u259? \u351?i p\u259?ru nelini\u351?tit.\par \pard \brdrt \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \li n0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A disp\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rut. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u82 13? L\plain \f19 \fs18 -am nimerit, repet\u259? Ralph, iar suli\u355?a s-a \u238 ?nfipt destul de ad\u238?nc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Sim\u355?ea nevoia unor ma rtori.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu m-a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i v\u259?z ut?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice d\u259?du din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu te-am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut. Chiar \u238?n r\u238?t. Grozav!\ par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \ cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph continu\u259? entuziasmat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? L-am nimerit sigur. Suli\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?a s-a \u238?nfipt \u2 38?n el. L-am r\u259?\plain \f4 \fs18 nit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se umfla \u2 38?n pene, fiindc\u259? le c\u238?\u351?tigase din nou respectul, \u351?i avu se ntimentul c\u259?, la urma urmei, v\u238?n\u259?toarea nu strica.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am nimerit sigur. Cred c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mistre\u35 5?ul e fiara.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-a fost fiara. A fost un mistre\ plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?, zise Jack \u351?i se \u238?ntoarse.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? L-am nimerit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De \plain \f4 \fs18 ce nu l-ai prins? Eu am \u238?ncercat...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar e ra un mistre\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?! strig\u259? Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Jack ro\u351?i brusc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai zis c-o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne omoare. Cine te-a pus s\u259? arunci suli\u355?a? De ce n-ai a\ u351?teptat?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i \u238?ntinse bra\u355?ul.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Prive\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i \u238?ntoarse antebra\u355?ul st\u238?ng, ca s\u259? vad\ u259? cu to\u355?ii. Pe piele era o zg\u238?rietur\u259?; nu grav\u259?, dar s\u 238?ngera.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl

\brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite ce mi-a f\plain \f19 \fs18 \u25 9?cut cu col\u355?ii. N-am apucat s\u259? \u238?nfig suli\u355?a destul de reped e.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Aten\u355?ia se concentr\u259? asupra lui Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O ran\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?, zise Simon, ar trebu i s-o sugi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb ar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ca Berengaria, Jack o supse.\par \pard \brdr t \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \ f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu l-am nimerit, zis\plain \f19 \fs18 e Ralph indignat. L-am n imerit cu suli\u355?a, l-am r\u259?nit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Le ceru aten\u3 55?ia.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Venea pe potec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. Uite cum am azv\u238?rlit suli\u355?a...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Robert groh\u2 59?i la el. Ralph intr\u259? \u351?i el \u238?n joc \u351?i r\u238?ser\u259?. \u 206?n cur\u238?nd \u238?l loveau cu to\u355?ii pe Robert, care se pref\u259?cea c\u259? atac\u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack strig\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Face\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i cerc!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Cercul se adun\u259? \u351?i se str\u238?nse. Robert gui\u355?\u 259?, pref\u259?c\u238?ndu-se c\u259?-i e fric\u259?, apoi chiar de durere adev\ u259?rat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hei, opri\plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 5?i-v\u259?! M\u259? doare!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Minerul suli\u355?ei \u238? l lovi \u238?n spinare, \u238?n timp ce se str\u259?duia s\u259? ias\u259? dintr e ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?ine\u355?i-l!\par

\pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l apucar\u259? de m\u238?ini \u351?i de picioare. Ra lph, cuprins deodat\u259? de un entuziasm nebun, \u238?n\u351?f\u259?c\u259? sul i\u355?a lui Eric \u351?i \u238?l \u238?mpunse pe Robert cu ea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \ lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Omor\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?\u355?i-l! Omor\u238?\u355?i-l!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Robert urla \u351?i se zb\u259?tea cu for\u355?a disper\u2 59?rii. Jack \u238?l \u355?inea de p\u259?r \u351?i \u238?l amenin\u355?a cu cu\ u355?itul, \u238?n spatele lui se afla Roger, lupt\u238?ndu-se s\u259? se apropi e. Melopeea se \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u259? ca un ritual, ca la sf\u238?r\u351?itu l unui bal sau al unei v\u238?n\u259?tori.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \pla in \f19 \fs18 \u206?njunghie porcul! Taie-i grumazul! Zdrobe\u351?te-i capul!\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se str\u259?duia \u351?i el s\u259? se apropie, s\u 259? \u238?n\u351?face o m\u238?n\u259? din acea carne cafenie \u351?i vulnerabi l\u259?. Dorin\u355?a de a str\u238?nge \u351?i de a r\u259?ni devenise cople\u3 51?itoare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Bra\u355?ul lui Jack cobor\u238?; cercul se cl\u259?tin\u259?, url\u259? de bucurie \u351?i gui\u355?\u259? ca un porc pe mo arte. Apoi r\u259?mase lini\u351?tit, g\u238?f\u238?ind \u351?i ascult\u238?nd s miorc\u259?iturile \u238?nsp\u259?im\u238?ntate ale lui Robert, care se \u351?te rgea pe fa\u355?\u259? cu un bra\u355? murdar \u351?i f\u259?cea eforturi s\u259 ?-\u351?i recapete demnitatea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? doare fundul!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i frec\u259? trist fundul. Jack se t\u259?v\u259?lea pe jos.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Groza v joc.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-a fost dec\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t o glum\u259?, zise Ralph jenat. \u350?i eu m-am r\u259?nit destul de r\u259?u la u n meci de ru\plain \f4 \fs18 gby.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar trebui s-a vem o tob\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?, spuse Maurice, atunci am putea s-o facem ca l umea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br

drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se uit\u259? la el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Ce s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? facem ca lumea?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tiu. Cred c\u259?-i nevoie de un foc \u351?i de o tob\u259? ca s\u259? \u355?inem ritmul, b\u259?t\u238?nd toba.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E nevoie de-un porc, zise Roger, ca la o v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?n\u259?toare adev\u259?rat\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sau de cineva care s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? se prefac\u259?, zise Jack. Am putea s\u2 59? deghiz\u259?m pe cineva \u238?n porc \u351?i apoi s\u259? se poarte ca... \u 351?ti\u355?i despre ce-i vorba, se preface c\u259? m\u259? r\u259?stoarn\u259? \u351?i a\u351?a mai departe...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? E nevoie de-un porc adev\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?rat, zise Robert, m\u238?ng\u238?indu-\u351?i \ u238?nc\u259? fundul, fiindc\u259? trebuie s\u259?-l omor\u238?m.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne folosim de un pu\u351?ti, spuse Jack, \u351?i to\u355?i r\u238?ser\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se ridi c\u259? \u238?n capul oaselor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Bine. Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? facem a\u351?a, n-o s\u259? g\u259?sim niciodat\u259? ce c\u25 9?ut\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se ridicar\u259? pe r\u238?nd \u238?n pici oare, netezindu-\u351?i zdren\u355?ele \plain \f4 \fs18 de pe ei.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph \u238?l privi pe Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai acum pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Mai bine s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? n e \u238?ntoarcem la Piggy \u238?nainte s\u259? se \u238?ntunece, zise Maurice.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Gemenii \u238?\u351?i d\u259?dur\u259? asentimentul, ca un singur trup.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?a e. O s\u259? ne suim m\u238?ine diminea\u355?\u259? pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Ralph se uit\u259? \u238?mprejur \u351?i v\u259?zu marea.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Trebuie s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? aprindem din nou focul.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-avem ochelarii lui Piggy, zise Jack, a\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u351?a c\u259? nu se poate.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Atunci o s\plai n \f19 \fs18 \u259? vedem dac\u259? nu-i nici o primejdie pe v\u238?rful muntelu i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Maurice vorbi ezit\u238?nd \u351?i nevr\u238?nd s\u2 59? par\u259? las.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i da c\u259? fiara e acolo, sus?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Jack\plain \f19 \fs18 ameni n\u355?\u259? cu suli\u355?a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \s a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s-o omor\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Soarele p\u259?ru c\u259? se mai dom ole\u351?te. Jack \u238?\u351?i agit\u259? suli\u355?a.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ce mai a\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?tept\u259?m?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Cred, spuse Ralph, c\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? dac\u259? mergem pe l\u238?n g\u259? malul m\u259?rii, o s\u259? ajungem sub locul unde am f\u259?cut focul \ u351?i-o s\u259? ne putem c\u259?\u355?\u259?ra pe munte. \par \pard \brdrt \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs 18 Jack \u238?i\plain \f19 \fs18 conduse din nou pe l\u238?ng\u259? marea care se cufunda, se umfla \u351?i se sugea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr

b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph vis\u259? iar, l\u259?s\u238?nd ca agilitatea picioarelor s\u259? \u238?nt\u238?mpine difi cult\u259?\u355?ile c\u259?r\u259?rii. \u350?i totu\u351?i, picioarele p\u259?re au mai pu\u355?in agile ca \u238?nainte. Cea mai mare parte a drumului \u238?i s ili s\u259? coboare p\u238?n\u259? la st\u238?nca goal\u259? de l\u238?ng\u259? mare \u351?i fur\u259? nevoi\u355?i s\u259? se strecoare printre ea \u351?i bezn a p\u259?durii luxuriante. Treceau peste mici recife, unele folosite drept potec i, parapete lungi, unde se ajutau cu m\u238?inile \u351?i cu picioarele. Ici \u3 51?i colo trebuiau s\u259? se ca\u355?ere peste st\u238?nci udate de valuri, s\u 259? sar\u259? peste mici b\u259?ltoace limpezi l\u259?sate de flux. Sosir\u259? la o viroag\u259? care despica, asemenea unui \u351?an\u355? de ap\u259?rare, \ u355?\u259?rmul str\u238?mt. P\u259?rea f\u259?r\u259? fund \u351?i se uitar\u25 9? \u238?ngrozi\u355?i \u238?n h\u259?ul sinistru unde clipocea apa. Apoi valul reveni, viroaga \u238?ncepu s\u259? fiarb\u259? \u238?n fa\u355?a lor \u351?i sp uma \u355?\u238?\u351?ni p\u238?n\u259? la liane, ud\u238?ndu-i, iar b\u259?ie\u 355?ii \u355?ipar\u259?, \u238?ncercar\u259? prin p\u259?dure, dar era deas\u259 ? \u351?i \u238?nc\u238?lcit\u259? ca un cuib de pas\u259?re. \u206?n cele din u rm\u259? trebuir\u259? s\u259? sar\u259? pe r\u238?nd, a\u351?tept\u238?nd ca ap a s\u259? coboare, dar \u351?i atunci unii se mai udar\u259?. Mai departe, st\u2 38?ncile p\u259?reau de netrecut, a\u351?a \u238?nc\u238?t poposir\u259?, se a\u 351?ezar\u259? jos o vreme, ca s\u259? li se usuce zdren\u355?ele, \u351?i urm\u 259?rir\u259? conturul ascu\u355?it al valurilor imense, care treceau foarte \u2 38?ncet pe l\u238?ng\u259? insul\u259?. G\u259?sir\u259? fructe pe l\u238?ng\u25 9? cuiburile de p\u259?s\u259?ri mici \u351?i str\u259?lucitoare care foiau ca i nsectele. Apoi Ralph spuse c\u259? \u238?naintau prea \u238?ncet. Se sui \u238?n tr-un pom, \u238?i desf\u259?cu frunzi\u351?ul de pe v\u238?rf \u351?i v\u259?zu culmea p\u259?trat\u259? a muntelui, aparent la mare dep\u259?rtare \u238?nc\u2 59?. Apoi \u238?ncercar\u259? s\u259? se gr\u259?beasc\u259? pe l\u238?ng\u259? st\u238?nci, Robert se t\u259?ie la genunchi r\u259?u de tot \u351?i recunoscur\ u259? to\u355?i c\u259? trebuiau s\u259? urce \u238?ncet c\u259?rarea, dac\u259? nu voiau s\u259? se pun\u259? \u238?n primejdie, \u238?\u351?i continuar\u259? drumul ca \u351?i cum ar fi escaladat un munte periculos \u351?i ajunser\u259? l a un loc unde st\u238?ncile se transformau \u238?ntr-un perete imposibil de trec ut, \u238?mbr\u259?cat \u238?n vegeta\u355?ia impenetrabil\u259? a junglei \u351 ?i cobor\u238?nd abrupt \u238?n mare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph privi nemul \u355?umit soarele.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Se las\plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 59? seara. Oricum, a trecut vremea s\u259? bem ceaiul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-mi amintesc de reciful \plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sta, zise Jack jenat, a\u351?a c\u259? trebuie s\u259? fie por\u355?iunea din mal pe care n-am vizitat -o.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph d\u259?du din cap.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? Sta\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i s\u259? m\u259? g\u238?ndesc.\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0

\lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph nu se mai sfia s\u259? se g\u238?ndeasc\u259? \u238?n fa\u355?a altora: era \u238?ns\u259? gata s\u259? ia hot\u259?r\u238?rile necesare, ca la o partid\u259? de \u351?ah. Din nenorocire, niciodat\u259? n-avea s\u259? devin \u259? un bun juc\u259?tor de \u351?ah. Se g\u238?ndi la pu\u351?ti \u351?i la P iggy. \u206?l v\u259?zu clar pe Piggy, st\u238?nd singur, cuib\u259?rit \u238?nt r-un ad\u259?post, cufundat \u238?n lini\u351?tea destr\u259?mat\u259? doar de s trig\u259?tele celor ce visau ur\u238?t.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu-i p utem l\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sa pe pu\u351?ti singuri cu Piggy toat\u259?\plain \f4 \fs18 noaptea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i t\u 259?cur\u259? \u351?i r\u259?maser\u259? \u238?n jurul lui, privindu-l.\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \ plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne \u238?ntoarcem, o s\u259 ? dureze ore \u238?ntregi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack \u238?\u351?i drese gla sul \u351?i vorbi pe un ton ciudat \u351?i \u238?ncordat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs 18 \u8213? Ca nu cumva Piggy s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? p\u259?\u355?easc\u259? c eva, nu?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se b\u259?tu peste din\u355?i cu v\u238? rful murdar al suli\u355?ei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? travers\u259?m...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se uit\u259? lung \u238?mpr ejur.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cineva o s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? traver seze insula ca s\u259?-i spun\u259? lui Piggy c\u259? ne \u238?ntoarcem dup\u259 ? ce se \u238?ntunec\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Bill rosti incredul:\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Singur prin p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?dure? Acum?\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu ne putem lipsi de mai mult de un b\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259?iat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd

rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Simon \u238?\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i croi drum p\u238?n\u259? l\u238?ng\u259? cotul lui Ralph.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? duc eu, dac\u259? vrei. Z\u259?u, nu-mi pas\u25 9?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?nainte ca Ralph s\u259? aib\u259? timp s\u2 59?-i r\u259?spund\u259?, Simon \u238?i arunc\u259? repede un z\u238?mbet, se \u 238?ntoarse \u351?i se pierdu \u238?n p\u259?dure.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ri n0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralp h se uit\u259? \u238?napoi la Jack \u351?i-l v\u259?zu parc\u259? pentru prima o ar\u259? furios.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Jack... \plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 5?ii minte c\u238?nd te-ai dus tocmai p\u238?n\u259? la st\u238?nca \u238?n form \u259? de castel?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da, zise Jack \plain \f19 \fs 18 \u351?i se str\u238?mb\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ai venit de-a lungul unei p\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?r\u355?i a \u355?\u259?rmului \u259?stuia, pe sub munte, pe acolo pe jos?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \ sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Da.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u350?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am g\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?sit o c\u259?rare f\u259?cut\u259? de porci. \u354? \plain \f4 \fs18 inea kilometri \u238?ntregi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph d\u 259?du din cap. Ar\u259?t\u259? spre p\u259?dure.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin 0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u821 3? A\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?adar, c\u259?rarea trebuie s\u259? fie pe-acolo.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f19 \fs18 To\u355?i aprobar\u259? \u238?n\u355?eleg\u259?tori.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat

0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine atunci. O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne c roim drum cu for\u355?a p\u238?n\u259? o s\u259? d\u259?m de c\u259?rarea porcil or.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 F\u259?cu un pas \u238?nainte \u351?i se opri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sta\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i o clip\u259?. Unde duc e c\u259?rarea asta?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pe munte, zise Jack. \plai n \f19 \fs18 \u354?i-am mai spus.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb 0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 R\u238?nji batjocorito r.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Nu vrei s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? te sui pe munte?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph suspin\u259?, sim\u355?ind c\u259? du\u351 ?m\u259?nia dintre ei re\u238?nvia \u351?i \u238?n\u355?eleg\u238?nd sentimentel e lui Jack \u238?n momentul c\u238?nd \u238?nceta s\u259? mai conduc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 M\u259? g\u238?ndesc la lumin\u25 9?. O s\u259? orbec\u259?im.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Voiam s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? c\u259?ut\u259?m fiara.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N-o s-ave m destul\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? lumin\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? N u vreau s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? m\u259? \u238?ntorc, zise Jack enervat. O s\u2 59? m\u259? \u238?ntorc dup\u259? ce-o s\u259? ajungem acolo. Tu nu vii? Vrei ma i degrab\u259? s\u259? te \u238?napoiezi la ad\u259?post \u351?i s\u259?-l lini\ u351?te\u351?ti pe P\plain \f4 \fs18 iggy?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Venise r\u23 8?ndul lui Ralph s\u259? ro\u351?easc\u259?. Vorbi disperat, silit de acea nou\u 259? \u238?n\u355?elegere a lucrurilor pe care i-o datora lui Piggy.\par \pard \ brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \pla in \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De ce m\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ur\u259?\u351?ti?\par \par d \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \

plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se foir\u259? nelini\u351?ti\u355?i, ca \u351 ?i cum s-ar fi rostit un cuv\u238?nt obscen. T\u259?cerea se prelungi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Ralph, \u238?nc\u259? enervat \u351?i jignit, se \u238?ndep\u259 ?rt\u259? primul.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Haide\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355? i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrn one \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading 0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i conducea ca \u351?i cum ar fi avut acest dre pt \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259? taie vegeta\u355?ia \u238?nc\u238?lcit\u259?. Jac k \u238?ncheia coloana, nemul\u355?umit \u351?i posac. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u259?rarea porcilor era un tunel \u238?ntunecat, c\u259?ci soarele aluneca re pede spre marginea lumii, iar \u238?n p\u259?dure umbrele se \u238?ntindeau la t ot pasul. Alergar\u259? iute pe c\u259?rarea larg\u259? \u351?i b\u259?t\u259?to rit\u259?. Apoi plafonul de frunze se sparse \u351?i ei se oprir\u259?, r\u259?s ufl\u238?nd agitat \u351?i uit\u238?ndu-se la cele c\u238?teva stele care clipea u \u238?n jurul v\u238?rfului muntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? A\plain \f4 \fs18 m sosit.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 B\u259?ie\u355?ii se privir\u259? a tent \u351?i cu \u238?ndoial\u259?. Ralph lu\u259? o hotar\u238?re.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? travers\u259?m direct platforma \u351?i o s\u259? ne c\u259?\u355?\u259?r\u259?m m\u238?ine pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \p lain \f19 \fs18 Murmurar\u259? c\u259? erau de acord; Jack se afla l\u238?ng\u25 9? um\u259?rul lui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Bine\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238 ?n\u355?eles, dac\u259? \u355?i-e fric\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se \u238?ntoarse spre el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cine s-a suit primul la castel?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \s hading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M-am suit \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i eu . Dar \u238?n timpul zilei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone

\brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Perfect. Cine vrea s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? se ca\u355?ere acum pe munte?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri 0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?i r\u259?spunse t\u259?cerea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Sam \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i Eric? Ce p\u259?rere ave\u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \ rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u 8213? Ar trebui s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? mergem \u351?i s\u259?-i spunem lui Pi ggy...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? ... da, s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i spun em lui Piggy c\u259?...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dar s-a dus Simon!\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ar trebui s\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?-i spunem lui Pi ggy, \u238?n cazul c\u238?nd...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Robert? Bill?\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se \u238?ndreptar\u259? spre platform\u259?. Fire\u351?t e, nu fiindc\u259? le era team\u259?... erau doar obosi\u355?i. Ralph se \u238?n toarse spre Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? duc pe munte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Cuvintel e lui J\plain \f19 \fs18 ack izbucnir\u259? cu r\u259?utate, ca un blestem, \u23 8?l privi pe Ralph \u238?ncordat \u351?i cu suli\u355?a \u355?inut\u259? amenin\ u355?\u259?tor.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slm ult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? M\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? duc p e munte ca s\u259? caut fiara... acum.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr b \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbt w \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \q l \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Apoi ironia fina l\u259?, vorba amar\u259?, spus\u259? cu indiferen\u355?\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \

lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f 21 \fs18 \u8213? Veni\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 La aces t cuv\u238?nt, ceilal\u355?i b\u259?ie\u355?i uitar\u259? graba de-a pleca \u351 ?i se \u238?ntoarser\u259? \u238?n fa\u355?a noii dovezi a urii dintre dou\u259? fiin\u355?e aflate \u238?n bezn\u259?. Cuv\u238?ntul era prea bine ales, prea a mar \u351?i prea reu\u351?ise s\u259? intimideze, pentru a mai fi nevoie s\u259? -l repete. \u206?l lu\u259? pe Ralph pe nepreg\u259?tite, tocmai c\u238?nd se ca lmase, a\u351?tept\u238?nd s\u259? se \u238?ntoarc\u259? la ad\u259?post \u351?i la apele calme \u351?i prietene\u351?ti ale lagunei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \ u8213? N-am nimic \plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?mpotriv\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs1 8 Auzi uimit cum vocea \u238?i r\u259?suna rece \u351?i nep\u259?s\u259?toare, a stfel \u238?nc\u238?t r\u259?utatea din ironia lui Jack r\u259?mase f\u259?r\u25 9? rezultat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?te, da c\u259? tu n-ai nimic \u238?mpotriv\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi42 6 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? C\pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u238?tu\u351?i de pu\u355?in.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \f i426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Jack f\u2 59?cu un pas.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Ei bine, atunci...\par \pard \brd rt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Unul l\u238?ng\u259? cel\u259?lalt, urm\u259?ri\u355?i cu privirea de b\u259?ie\u355?ii t\u259?cu\u355?i, cei doi pornir\u259? s\u259? urce muntele. Ralph se opri.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmu lt1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?ntem ni \u351?te caraghio\u351?i. De ce s\u259? mergem numai noi doi? Dac\u259? d\u259?m peste ceva, n-o s\u259?\plain \f4 \fs18 fim de-ajuns...\par \pard \brdrt \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs 18 Se auzi zgomotul b\u259?ie\u355?ilor care se \u238?mpr\u259?\u351?tiau. Pe ne a\u351?teptate, o siluet\u259? \u238?ntunecat\u259? se desprinse, \u238?ntorc\u2 38?ndu-se \u238?n direc\u355?ia contrar\u259? fluxului b\u259?ie\u355?ilor care fugeau.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \br drnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sh ading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Roger?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0

\fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Eu s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?nt.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Atunci s\plain \f4 \fs18 \u238?ntem trei.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?\u351?i reluar\u259? u rcu\u351?ul pe coasta muntelui. Bezna p\u259?rea c\u259? plute\u351?te \u238?n j urul lor ca un flux. Jack, care nu vorbea, \u238?ncepu s\u259? g\u238?f\u238?ie \u351?i s\u259? tu\u351?easc\u259?; o pal\u259? de v\u238?nt \u238?i f\u259?cu p e to\u355?i trei s\u259? bomb\u259?ne. Pe Ralph \u238?l orbir\u259? lacrimile.\p ar \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \c bpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Cenu\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?\u259?. S\u238?ntem pe marginea zonei arse.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl 240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pa\u351?ii lor \u351?i briza \u 238?nt\u238?mpl\u259?toare st\u238?rneau mici v\u238?rtejuri de praf. Se oprir\u 259? din nou \u351?i Ralph avu r\u259?gazul, \u238?n timp ce tu\u351?ea, s\u259? -\u351?i spun\u259? c\u238?t erau de pro\u351?ti. Dac\u259? nu exista nici o fia r\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u351?i aproape sigur c\u259 ? nu exista \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? cu at\plain \f19 \fs18 \u238?t mai bine; d ar dac\u259? \u238?i a\u351?tepta ceva pe v\u238?rful muntelui, la ce le folosea c\u259? erau trei, \u238?nghi\u355?i\u355?i de bezn\u259? \u351?i \u238?narma\u 355?i doar cu be\u355?e?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u2 38?ntem ni\u351?te caraghio\u351?i.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \ brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \ sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Din \u238?ntuneric se auzi r\u259?spunsul. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \s l240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 4?i-e fric\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \s lmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph tres\u259?ri enervat. Totul era din vina lui Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u351 ?te c\u259? mi-e fric\u259?. S\u238?ntem totu\u351?i ni\u351?te caraghio\u351?i. \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Dac\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? nu vrei s\u259? me rgi mai departe, am s\u259? m\u259? duc singur, \u238?i r\u259?spunse Jack sarca stic.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph sim\u355?i ironia \u351?i \u238?l ur\u238?. \u206?n\u355?ep\u259?tura cenu\u351?ei \u238?n ochi, oboseala \u351?i frica \u2 38?l \u238?nfuriar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \

brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Pleac\plain \f19 \fs1 8 \u259? atunci. Te a\u351?tept\u259?m aici.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se a\u351? ternu t\u259?cerea.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? De ce nu pleci? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u354?i-e fric\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa 0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 O pat\u259? \u238?n bezn\u 259?, o pat\u259? care era Jack se desprinse \u351?i \u238?ncepu s\u259? se \u23 8?ndep\u259?rteze.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Foarte bine. La revedere.\pa r \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cb pat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pata disp\u259?ru. O alta \u238?i lu\u259? locul.\par \pa rd \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph se lovi cu genunchii de ceva tare \u351?i rostogoli un t runchi carbonizat, col\u355?uros la pip\u259?it. Sim\u355?i cum coaja pomului, t ransformat\u259? \u238?n t\u259?ciuni ascu\u355?i\u355?i, i se freac\u259? de do sul genunchiului \u351?i \u238?\u351?i d\u259?du seama c\u259? Roger se a\u351?e zase. Pip\u259?i \u351?i se l\u259?s\u259? al\u259?turi de el, \u238?n timp ce t runchiul se leg\u259?na \u238?n cenu\u351?a invizibil\u259?. Roger, necomunicati v din fire, t\u259?cea. Nu-\u351?i d\u259?duse nici o p\u259?rere asupra fiarei \u351?i nici nu-i m\u259?rturisise lui Ralph de ce se hot\u259?r\u238?se s\u259? participe la aceast\u259? expedi\u355?ie nebuneasc\u259?. St\u259?tea \u351?i s e leg\u259?na \u238?ncet pe trunchi. Ralph auzi o r\u259?p\u259?ial\u259? rapid\ u259? \u351?i enervant\u259? \u351?i \u238?n\u355?elese c\u259? Roger lovea \u23 8?n ceva cu suli\u355?a lui caraghioas\u259? de lemn.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 R oger \u351?i Ralph, cu firea lor de nep\u259?truns, st\u259?teau, se leg\u259?na u, ascultau r\u259?p\u259?iala \u351?i se g\u238?ndeau; de jur \u238?mprejur, ce rul apropiat se umpluse peste tot de stele, afar\u259? de locul unde muntele f\u 259?cea o gaur\u259? \u238?n bezn\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \br drb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr btw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Deasupra lor r \u259?sun\u259? zgomotul unei alunec\u259?ri, zgomotul unor pa\u351?i uria\u351? i pe st\u238?nc\u259? sau pe cenu\u351?\u259?. Apoi Jack \u238?i g\u259?si; trem ura \u351?i vorbea r\u259?gu\u351?it, cu o voce pe care de-abia o recunoscur\u25 9?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrno ne \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdr none \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadin g0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zut ceva pe v\u 238?rful muntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?l auzir\u259? \u238?mpiedic\u2

38?ndu-se de bu\u351?teanul care se leg\u259?na violent. O clip\u259? r\u259?mas e t\u259?cut, apoi bomb\u259?ni:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fi\plain \f19 \fs18 \u355?i aten\u355?i. S-ar putea s\u259? m\u259? urm\u259?reasc\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Un nor de cenu\u351?\u259? se st\u238?rni \u238?n jur. Jack se ridic\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \sl mult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Am v\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?zu t ceva ce se umfla pe v\u238?rful muntelui.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \pl ain \f19 \fs18 \u206?nchipuiri, zise Ralph tremur\u238?nd, fiindc\u259? nimic nu se umfl\u259?. Nici un fel de creatur\u259? nu se umfl\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f1 9 \fs18 Roger vorbi. Tres\u259?rir\u259?, fiindc\u259? uitaser\u259? de el.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \br drw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpa t0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O broasc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \l in0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f1 9 \fs18 Jack chicoti \u351?i se cutremur\u259? de sil\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin 0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? O broasc\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259?! Am auzit \u351?i un zgomot. Un f el de "pleosc", \u351?i lucrul \u259?la s-a umflat.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pe Ralph \u238?l surprinse mai pu\u355?in sunetul vocii calme, c\u238?t inten\u355? ia ei sfid\u259?toare.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl2 40 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259 ? mergem s\u259? ne uit\u259?m.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Pentru prima oar\u259? de c\u238?nd \u238?l cunoscuse pe Jack, Ralph \u238?l sim\u355?i c\u259? ezit\u2 59?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brd rnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shadi ng0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Acum?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Vocea \u238 ?l d\u259?du de gol.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240

\slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Fire\plain \f19 \fs18 \u35 1?te.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \br drnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shad ing0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se ridic\u259? de pe trunchi \u351?i \u238?i cond use prin bezn\u259? peste t\u259?ciunii care trosneau, iar ceilal\u355?i \u238?l urmar\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmul t1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Vocea lui fizic\u259? t\u259?cuse, iar ce a interioar\u259?, a ra\u355?iunii, ca \u351?i altele, se f\u259?cur\u259? auzit e. Piggy \u238?i spunea c\u259? era un copil. O alt\u259? voce \u238?i spunea s\ u259? nu fie prost; bezna \u351?i actul lor disperat d\u259?deau nop\u355?ii ire alitatea unui scaun de denti\plain \f4 \fs18 st.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 C\u238 ?nd ajunser\u259? la ultima costi\u351?\u259?, Jack \u351?i Roger se apropiar\u2 59?, transforma\u355?i din pete de cerneal\u259? \u238?n siluete clare. Printr-o \u238?n\u355?elegere comun\u259?, se oprir\u259? \u351?i se ghemuir\u259?. \u20 6?n spatele lor, la orizont, se vedea o pat\u259? de cer mai limpede, unde avea s\u259? r\u259?sar\u259? peste c\u238?teva clipe luna. V\u238?ntul mugi prin p\u 259?dure \u351?i le lipi zdren\u355?ele de trup.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph s e foi.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brd rnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \b rdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \sha ding0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Hai.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \ brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi 426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Se furi\u3 51?ar\u259? \u238?nainte, iar Roger r\u259?mase ni\u355?el \u238?n urm\u259?. Ja ck \u351?i Ralph ocolir\u259? um\u259?rul muntelui, \u238?ntinderile sclipitoare ale lagunei se aflau dedesubt, iar dincolo de ele lucea o pat\u259? alb\u259? \ u351?i lung\u259? \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? reciful. Roger li se al\plain \f19 \ fs18 \u259?tur\u259?.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdr w10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl24 0 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? S\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? ne strecur\u259?m \u238?nainte pe m\u238?ini \u351?i pe genunchi. Poate c\u259? fiara doarme, \u351?opti Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdr none \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Roger \u351?i Ralph \u2 38?naintar\u259? pe vine, l\u259?s\u238?ndu-l pe Jack \u238?n urm\u259?, cu toat e cuvintele lui curajoase. Ajunser\u259? la v\u238?rful plat, unde sim\u355?ir\u 259? \u238?n m\u238?ini \u351?i pe genunchi duritatea st\u238?ncii.\par \pard \b rdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \l i0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plai n \f19 \fs18 O creatur\u259? care se umfla.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \b rdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi4 26 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Ralph \u238 ?\u351?i v\u238?r\u238? m\u238?inile \u238?n cenu\u351?a rece \u351?i moale a fo cului \u351?i \u238?\u351?i \u238?n\u259?bu\u351?i un \u355?ip\u259?t. M\u238?na \u351?i um\u259?rul \u238?i tremurau din cauza contactului nea\u351?teptat. Gre a\u355?a \u238?i aduse brusc \u238?n ochi lumini verzi, care apoi se destr\u259?

mar\u259? \u238?n bezn\u259?. Roger se afla \u238?n spatele lui, iar Jack \u238? i vorbi la ureche.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Uite acolo, unde era o viroa g\plain \f19 \fs18 \u259? \u238?n st\u238?nc\u259?. Un fel de gr\u259?mad\u259?. .. o vezi?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrba r \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Lui Ralph \u238?i veni \u238?n ochi cenu\u35 1?a focului stins. Nu vedea nici viroag\u259? \u351?i nici altceva, fiindc\u259? luminile verzi reap\u259?reau \u351?i cre\u351?teau, iar v\u238?rful muntelui a luneca \u238?ntr-o parte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \ sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Din nou auzi de la dep\u259?r tare \u351?oapta lui Jack.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? \plain \f19 \fs18 \u 354?i-e team\u259??\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw1 0 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 Nu-i era team\u259?, dar \u238?nlem nise, suspendat \u351?i \u238?ncremenit pe v\u238?rful unui munte care c\u238?nd descrestea, c\u238?nd se mi\u351?ca. Jack se strecur\u259? pe al\u259?turi, iar Roger se \u238?mpiedic\u259?, \u238?\u351?i \u238?ndrept\u259? trupul, scoase u n fel de \u351?uier\u259?tur\u259? \u351?i trecu mai departe, \u238?i auzi cum \ u351?optesc:\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr l \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdr bar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult 1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? Vezi ceva?\par \pard \brdrt \brdrn one \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnon e \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \r i0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f21 \fs1 8 \u8213? Acolo...\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \ slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f19 \fs18 \u206?n fa\u355?a lor, doar la trei sau patru metri, se g\u259?sea o movil\u259? ca o st\u238?nc\u259? \u351?i care n-avea ce c\u259?uta acolo. Ralph auzi o sporov\u259?ial\u259? slab\u259? de und eva \plain \f21 \fs18 \u8213? poate chiar din gura lui. Se redres\plain \f19 \fs 18 \u259? printr-un efort al voin\u355?ei, \u238?\u351?i transform\u259? frica \ u351?i sc\u238?rba \u238?n ur\u259? \u351?i se ridic\u259? \u238?n picioare. F\u 259?cu doi pa\u351?i grei \u238?nainte.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brd rb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb tw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \u206?n spa\plai n \f19 \fs18 tele lor, felia de lun\u259? se ridicase clar\u259? la orizont, \u2 38?n fa\u355?\u259?, un fel de maimu\u355?\u259? uria\u351?\u259? dormea cu capu l \u238?ntre genunchi. Apoi v\u238?ntul mugi prin p\u259?dure, \u238?n bezn\u259 ? se st\u238?rni o foiala, iar f\u259?ptura \u238?\u351?i \u238?n\u259?l\u355?\u 259? capul, \u238?ndrept\u238?nd spre ei o fa\u355?\u259? descompus\u259?.\par \ pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw 10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brd rw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat 0 \plain \f4 \fs18 Ralph se \plain \f19 \fs18 pomeni c\u259? alerga cu pa\u351?i mari prin cenu\u351?\u259?, \u238?i auzi pe ceilal\u355?i \u355?ip\u238?nd \u35 1?i s\u259?rind, \u351?i \u238?ncerc\u259? imposibilul, cobor\u238?nd \u238?n go an\u259? panta \u238?ntunecat\u259?; \u238?n cur\u238?nd, muntele se goli de b\u

259?ie\u355?i, \u238?n urm\u259? r\u259?m\u238?n\u238?nd doar cele trei be\u355? e uitate \u351?i f\u259?ptura care se cl\u259?tina.\par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \ brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \br drw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \brdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \r in0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbpat0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brdrt \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrb \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrl \brdrnone \brd rw10 \brdrr \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbtw \brdrnone \brdrw10 \brdrbar \brdrnone \b rdrw10 \li0 \lin0 \ri0 \rin0 \fi426 \ql \sb0 \sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \shading0 \cbp at0 \plain \f4 \fs18 \par \pard \brd