|The enormous male giant reached the ground, then reached to help the female. Jack wondered what they wanted.
The male giant walked up to the farmhouse and looked down at it.
“My name is Altman,” he boomed. Jack covered his ears, but the giant’s voice was still too loud. “This is Alyda, my wife. Our little boy is missing. His footprints are all around your house. Do you know where he is?”
Jack’s mother walked up behind Jack. “What’s going on?” she whispered.
“Go take care of Sarah. I’ll talk to the giants,” Jack told her. She looked like she was about to argue, but finally nodded and walked upstairs.Jack walked out the door.
“I don’t know where your boy is,” he shouted, “but I’ll help you look for him.”
The giants looked down at him.”Did he say something?” Alyda asked Altman. “I couldn’t hear anything.”
Altman bent down and leaned so his ear was near the ground. “What did you say?” he asked.
|His voice was still loud, but it sounded like he was trying to whisper. Jack shouted again.
“I don’t know where he is, but I can try to help you look for him!”
Altman stood and repeated what Jack had said to Alyda. She shook her head.
“Thank you,” she boomed, “but it would be faster for us to look for him ourselves.” She and Altman walked away, towards the city, following the trail of Alric’s footprints.Jack turned back to his mother and sister, who were now in the doorway of the house.
“They’re right,” he said. “They can look a lot farther than we can. I guess I’ll go make sure the animals are all right. You two have breakfast, then we can have a look at those tomato seeds.”
“Shouldn’t we get rid of the beanstalks?” Sarah asked.
“No,” Jack answered. “The giants will need those to get home again.”
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