A crowd had gathered around the newsstand. Curious, Peter pushed his way through to the front to see what all the commotion was about. He saw that everyone was buying newspapers with the headline: “DECEMBER 11, 1941: US DECLARES WAR ON GERMANY!”
Peter slowly backed out of the panicking crowd. His hand quickly covered the smile he could not contain. He knew with the United States on Hitler’s tail, it would change everything. For a moment, a tiny piece of happiness sprang up inside him.
Then he frowned and shoved the joy back down. In the chaos of the news, he noticed the bread cart next to the newsstand was left unattended. Sloan had taught him that opportunity was everything. Emotions had no place in war.
Peter looked around. His surge of confidence from the news about the United States made him bold. He reached up, grabbed a loaf of bread, and briskly walked away. When he came to the entrance of the sewer, he glanced around. When the street was empty, he opened the cover and disappeared into the sewer pipes under the city. The smell still repulsed him, but he had become used to no longer having a choice in anything, and acceptance created a tolerance for the intolerable.
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