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Ella didn’t respond. She was gripping a suitcase in one hand, and fumbling with the long strap of her handbag with the other.
“Ella?” Sarah drew closer. “Is everything alright? You look…well, not good. What happened?”
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know.”
“What does that mean, you don’t know?” Sarah put a hand on her shoulder. “You came here like this, looking so frightened and confused… What happened? What scared you? Did you fall? Did you get hurt?”
“N-no, baruch Hashem.” Sarah noticed that Ella’s eyes were fixed on some point up the stairs. Sarah turned around to see what she was looking at; it seemed she was staring at their second floor.
“So what happened?”
“She…she’s an Arab,” Ella croaked. “I saw her in the street. And not just an Arab…she’s half a witch or something, I don’t even know what.”
“Aliza.” Ella took a deep breath. “Aliza. And it’s not her real name.”
“Who is Aliza?”
“The lady I was boarding with.”