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Sarah stood staring past the boys, across the clearing, at the barn. She could just see Gran's house, through the trees beyond.
"Come on," Andy said, "Are you going to go in or what? It's only ten pence."
Sarah looked at the boys, proudly standing around their construction. "It took us all day," Billy, her younger brother, said. "It's quite safe," he added, trying to convince her to go in. John and Tim, the other two boys, were nodding eagerly in agreement.
"It's not a very big maze," Andy urged. "You've an above average chance of not getting lost. You're not afraid are you?"
Ridiculous, Sarah thought. She had to admit they'd done a good job building it - but after all it was only made of old wooden poles, wire netting, tree branches and old blankets. And several trees held the whole thing up. Why should she be scared? All right. She'd humour them - even if only to please Billy.
She handed over a ten pence piece.
"It looks a bit rickety," she said.
"Nonsense," Andy countered, and he gave it a shake to prove his point. The other boys watched anxiously as bits of twig and leaves fell to the ground. But it held.
"This way." Andy held the grubby blanket back from the entrance. Sarah gathered her courage in one hand and her skirt in the other and crawled in.
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