It was dark. Laura put on her shawl. Laura went to the door. The night air was cool.
The stars were still bright. She looked over her shoulder. The soldiers were asleep near the fire. They would sleep until dawn.
Laura smiled. Her husband, James, would tell them she had to go. Her brother was sick. She had to help him. Maybe one of her brother's sons could help her with something she had to do.
She walked out the door. Then she closed it softly. The crickets did not stop singing when she passed.
She had not gone far when she was stopped. An American sentry spoke to her. He wanted to know where she was going.
Laura told him she had to see her sick brother. He let her go on.
She got to her brother's home. The stars were fading. The sun was coming up.
Her brother, Charles, was awake. Laura was glad to see him. She told him her story.
Three American officers had eaten supper at her home. After the meal they talked. There was going to be a battle. They would fight the British soldiers at Beaver Dams.
"Someone must warn them!" said Laura.
"I am not well, Laura," said Charles, "I cannot go. My sons are not here either."
Laura sighed. She would have to go herself. There was no other choice.
Sentries would be posted on roads in the way. Laura knew they would stop her. She would have to walk across the countryside.
Laura was afraid, but she was brave. First she had to cross many fields. Then she had to go through the Black Swamp. She lost her shoes there. She had to walk through with bare feet. The mud oozed between her toes. She had to watch out for rattlesnakes, wolves, and hostile Indians.Paragraphs 15 to 26:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable