Archie shook me, shouting "What's the matter?"
Instantly, the heat burned my face and I felt lost and adrift. I know tears welled up from somewhere inside me, but I think the roots of the parched trees sucked them back into me to slake their own thirst.
"..slaying the children..."
the words still slapped around us even though Doug's mouth was motionless. He touched his swollen cheeks gingerly with his fingertips and I realised I had him pinned to the ground, one knee on his chest, one trapping one of his arms. Slowly I moved off him and stood up.