"Not very much I guess. Why?"
Excerpted from The Gypsy Game by Zilpha K. Snyder Copyright © 1998 by Zilpha K. Snyder. Excerpted by permission of Yearling, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
That was the first thing Melanie said when April asked her if she
knew anything about Gypsies. April didn't answer. A minute or so later
Melanie waved her hand in front of April's eyes and said, "Hey, anybody
home? Come back to earth." Still no answer. April just went on staring
into space. . . .
So when it took a long time for April to say why she asked the Gypsy
question, it didn't surprise Melanie all that much. She knew that
when April's blue eyes got that spacey look it usually meant that
she was on to something new and exciting, and if you waited long enough,
you were sure to hear all about it. So Melanie waited. While she waited,
she had time to sit up, scratch the mosquito bite on her ankle, make
a face at herself in the mirror on April's dressing table, and flop
back down again.
Finally April sighed and said, "Oh, I don't know. It's just what you
said about it not being the same. Going back and doing the same things
over and over. You know, all that Egyptian stuff. And just the other
day I was reading this magazine that had all this great stuff about
Gypsies. I was just thinking how maybe we could. . ." She sat up,
shoved back a straggle of blond hair, grinned at Melanie, and went
on, "I was thinking that maybe we could try being Gypsies for a change."