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There was a lot of noise.
Mommy said that bad men were coming, and that we had to get out of the house. I only had time to get my boots on and grab Gabe before the screams started rushing past our door.
I remember mommy running with the crowd, and holding me really close. She was talkin' to the Emperor and asking him to watch over me, and to deliver us to something. People started falling; mommy told me to keep quiet when I wanted to help them up. She told me not to look back, but I had to to make sure Gabe was okay after getting bumped. I saw big men that looked like Gabe... but not like him. They were spiky and scary and it hurt my head to look at them. They were screaming really loud, and into my head, but Gabe protected me and mommy, and we managed to get ahead with some people from the block. We ran around corners, and took alleys, and all the shortcuts that mommy had to learn at work, but there were always more and more spiky Gabes around the corner.
Some of the spiky Gabes came through a wall, and tried to grab me and my mommy. They missed, her shoulders, but knocked us to the ground. Mommy screamed at me to run away. All I could do was hold Gabe close and ask him for help. There was a click, a flash of light, and then a bang.
When the world stopped ringing, the spiky Gabes were all broken. Mommy was still crying, but now she seemed happier. She thanked the Emperor for his blessing. I thanked Gabe for calling his big brothers in to help my mommy.