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The Girl Who Owned a City

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Settings: Glenbard
Settings: Farms
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Diary

 

Dear Diary,
      
      Yesterday, Lisa made me the commander of the militia. Today, she asked me to ride with her to get supplies and I agreed since she said I could bring back a list of things for Erika and me! But, when she came to pick me up, you should have seen what she was driving! It was a scratched up, old dented Cadillac. To tell you the truth, it kind of scared me! If the car has been through that many accidents already, who knows what would happen next! Well, luckily nothing did happen! Lisa told me her secret place that we were heading to, the Jewel Grocery Warehouse, which, in my opinion as well as her's, was a great idea! I'm surprised that Lisa was so well prepared for everything! She had a collection of tools, which helped up saw through the bars of the warehouse. And, you wouldn't believe the treasures we saw! It was like heaven. Everything we needed was there. Not just food but tools, books, medicine, clothing, matches, candles, charcoal, flashlights, paper plates, can openers, oh I could go on forever! We decided on having several hiding places to hide the supplies in case one was discovered and these are what we came up with: an empty hangar at the DuPage County Airport, the old silo at the farm on Swift Road, the basement of Cottington's Furniture Store, and the furnace rooms at the churches in Glen Ellyn. We figured these were probably places where other kids were least likely to go. On the way back, I drove us home. The challenge did frighten me at first, but I didn't let it show. I got used to it soon enough. During the ride, Lisa and I had talked about what we would do once we got everything back together. When I told her I wanted to work on the farm and grow food, she told me it would be boring and that we should really get the world back to the way it was with schools, and hospitals, and electricity, and even trains and jets! What a dreamer!
             
                                                             Sincerely,
                                                             Craig Bergman

 

 

Dear Diary,

        For the last couple of days, I have been holding militia practices.  Today, we did many different practices. I made the children walk high planks so they wouldn't be afraid in case it was necessary. At first, the children were afraid and some of the younger ones even cried. But today, they all had courage and they all were brave. And I, as their leader, was proud of them. We slipped down into trapdoors, trying to be as quiet as we could. This, I found amazing, how quiet they could be when they wanted to. That day, Lisa was teaching Todd how to drive in the Glenbard parking lot, and I promised to keep it a secret. But, when I told them they'd be back later, the way I had said it made them kind of suspicious. So, eventually, they all figured it out and were in the parking lot, watching them. But. No one was mad or jealous, for Todd was still the hero of the day! After all, if it wasn't for him, who knows what Tom Logan would have done to our street? We are all very proud of Todd!

                                                                 Yours truly,
                                                                 Craig

 

Dear Diary,

          Today was awful! Lisa got shot! It was Logan, Tom Logan! One of his men had shot her and Tom barged into our city. He told me that they were keeping Lisa below in a safe place just to be sure we didn't do something stupid. He threatened that he'd kill her if we did. I didn't know what to do! What could I do besides turn Glenbard over to Logan? Lisa was suddenly powerless, and so were we, without her. I don't know what to do now. I am next in command and if Lisa is dead, the city will be taken. I don't think I can stop them! We need Lisa very badly and I hope she is alive right now! We are all scared of what will happen next. What if Tom comes to kill me next? The city will be destroyed!

                                                              Your frightened friend,
                                                              Craig Bergman

 

Dear Diary,

 

        Lisa is alive! What a relief! I don't know what we would have done without her. Well, it turned out she was shot, but she was not killed. So, we took her to the farm to take better care of her and now she feels much better. Erika and I spent most of our time out in the sun. We saw the horror of the cattle barn. The huge garage was filled with wonderful modern equipment: a new tractor, a corn picker, and a set of plows! After searching the farm, I realized the farmer knew exactly what he was doing. His records were incredible! It would be a cinch to get it going again! Erika and I rode on the tractor and walked around the farm. When we came back to the farmhouse, Todd was in his disguise that he would wear when going back to Glenbard. No one would recognize him. It was perfect. Everything was going well so far!

 

                                                         Craig

     Craig was an important character in this story because he was the leader of the militia. Without him, the Grand Avenue defense would collapse and Tom Logan would probably control Grand Avenue a lot sooner. Craig helped Lisa on her supply trips and without him, she probably wouldn't have had the warehouse as an area to get supplies because at first when Lisa saw the broken windows, she was so angry that she turned the car back and almost drove away before Craig convinced her to go back and look inside just in case. And Craig was right. No one had been in there before. So, without Craig, Lisa wouldn't have been able to acquire the loads of supplies that she had. Without Craig, Lisa would have had to go through many of these difficulties alone and probably wouldn't overcome all of them. Craig was a big help and a crucial part of the story.