The supposed rabbit hole was opened up and the grass peeled back. Inside, the ancient old bags full of sand they had used to cover the small building were half gone. Apparently the contractor had cheated the Lirens when he had originally buried the building.
Sera Liren sat on a chair on the ruined lawn, her hands clamped so hard around her fan that she'd broken it. Her eyes were fixed on this and us, but she was not having hysterics or getting in the way... Her only surviving boy was down in this hole somewhere.
And in the middle of the water… a couple of boys, choking, washed into the bottom of the pool, coughing and clinging until the water spread out no more than waist deep mixing with the greenish scum at that end. Ili had Nuni under the chin until they realize they could put their feet down.
Ky, her gloves wrapped around her brother’s head and shoulders, looked at me over his shoulder and smiled as if I have given her the Sunburst prize, as if I had had anything to do with saving her brother. I smiled back and clambered to my feet as best I could with Ili and JiaKlem hanging on to me. I must look a fright, covered in mud and domestic octopus.