“Why are we doing this?”
“What do you mean?” Mother was trying to manage the balloons and little Riki, so she only half-heard Jens’ question.
“Why are we going into the forest today? It doesn’t make any sense.”
“Don’t talk like that, Jens. Someone will hear you.”
“He might hear you. You don’t want to be chosen.”
“No, I don’t. So why are we going? Why don’t we just stay home? Every year everyone goes into the forest and a few people don’t come back. Why?”
“Because He calls.”
He stopped walking. Eventually, he turned and went home.