Chapter 17: I Was Not Here. You Did Not See Me.

Ninja was waiting outside of Em’s office. His left eyebrow was wiggling. “Would you like to learn some more moves before you go?” Annabelle smiled so hard she almost shed a tear. “More than anything in the world.” Annabelle still had a week before she was supposed to...

Chapter 16: A Way of Not Staying Thwarted for Long

As the world flew by outside her window, Annabelle sat there marveling at all that had happened since she left home. “Do either of you guys want some hot chocolate?” she asked. Floyd’s eyes lit up. “My device!” he said. But then he remembered, “It’s untested.” “What...

Chapter 15: But Isn’t It Exciting?

“Turn the dial back to the middle,” said Annabelle. Floyd and Ninja did, and suddenly, the kitten stopped dancing. Annabelle could almost feel the world take a collective sigh of relief. “Well done, little fellow,” she said. “What happened?” asked Eleanor, who was...

Chapter 14: Suddenly Slightly Less Winded

Annabelle wished there were some way to call her parents so that she could say goodbye. In spite of their various shortcomings, she loved them and was grateful for giving her a very good life. But her hands and feet here bound by robotic arms, so there was no way to...

Chapter 13: Mostly Clean and Not at All Smelly

Surprisingly, the outhouse was dry and mostly clean and not at all smelly. If pressed to describe it, Annabelle might even have used the word pleasant, at least in comparison to conditions outside. She pulled the door shut and enjoyed a few seconds of not getting...

Chapter 12: This is a Truly Terrible Idea

Annabelle and Eleanor raced away from the water and down the crooked side streets of Dusseldam. Once they were a few blocks away, Annabelle finally felt halfway safe again. Which helped her remember how happy and relieved she felt. “It’s so good to see you.” “You,...