Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Hide & Seek: Chapter 5

Bracha Rosman

The Renards decide to bear down on Idy and Jacob. Mr. Renard is offered an interesting business proposal that Mrs. Renard doesn’t approve of

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"E scape?” Idy asked. “Are you kidding?”

Jacob looked his sister in the eye. “No, I’m not. I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but now that I know we’re far from civilization, I know what we’re up against.”

“What do you mean ‘far from civilization’?”

Jacob’s voice became animated. “While I was in the tree, I heard one of the men tell Renard that his place was far, and a hazard to get to. Seems the road is overgrown with brush from lack of use.” Jacob stopped to breathe. “Then he asked Renard why he chose this remote spot for his onion farm.”

“Remote spot?” Idy asked.

“Yes,” Jacob said.

“That must be the reason Fay doesn’t go to school. It’s too far.”

Jacob nodded matter-of-factly.

Idy’s shoulders slumped. “She’s as much a prisoner here as we are.”

“Don’t go feeling all bad for her, Idy. She’s not worth it.”

Idy bit her lip.

“What’s wrong, Idy?”

“It just seems like nothing is in our favor. We’re even too far for anyone to help us.”

Jacob’s eyes grew rounder than usual. He wasn’t used to this melancholy side of Idy.

“You said things were going to be okay. You said Hashem listens to the prayers of orphans.” He stamped his feet. “You said, you said, you said!”

Idy was stunned and humored by her brother’s outburst, and began to laugh.

“What are you laughing at?” he demanded.

“First you’re planning an escape like a grown man, and the next thing I know, you’re having a tantrum like a little three-year-old.”

Jacob instantly calmed down. “Sorry, it’s just that I don’t like when you get worried. It scares me.”

Idy put her arm around Jacob’s shoulder. “After your daring escapade today, I didn’t think anything scared you.”

Jacob grinned.

“Seriously though,” Idy said, “I’m not sure escaping is such a good idea. Who knows what we’d be up against? We could be a hundred miles from a town. We may have to cross a river … or worse.”

“I’m going to find out everything we need to know.”

“How?”

“I’m not sure, but I’ll come up with something.”

Idy looked intently at Jacob. “Jacoby. I’m glad you’re thinking big, and I’m glad you have something to take your mind off your troubles, but we have to be realistic.”

“What do you mean? I am being realistic. How much longer can we survive here?”

“We have nowhere to go,” Idy protested. “At least here, we have a roof over our heads.”

“A roof!” Jacob yelled. “You call this a roof?”

Idy grabbed him. “Shhh! You want the whole Renard family up here?”

Jacob shook himself loose from his sister’s grip. “I’m leaving this place,” he said, his voice steady and low. “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but I’m leaving first chance I get.”

Idy saw purpose in her brother’s eyes. He was a ten-year-old man. “Okay,” she said after a moment. “We’ll plan it out together, but we can’t rush it. Our plan has to be foolproof.”

Jacob licked his lip. “It will be. You’ll see.”

Related Stories

A Puzzling Matter

Bracha Rosman

From logic puzzles to jigsaw puzzles to word puzzles, the list is long, challenging, and fun filled

Road Race

Rochel Burstyn

Are you fascinated by cars? Even if you think you’re not quite a car person and can’t tell the diffe...

The Real Me: Surgery or Summer Camp?

Ruchy Bromberg

Everyone has something they find challenging or difficult. Today we meet brave Moshe, who’s a real t...

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you