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,...

Chapter 11: What would Ninja say?

When Annabelle arrived in Dusseldam, she stopped at a newsstand to buy a banana and a pack of breath mints. While waiting in line at the checkout counter, she read the front pages of newspapers from all over the world. The news wasn’t good. CAT-ASTROPHE IN CUTAN IT’S...

Chapter 9: A Sudden, Gratifying Key Change

What Annabelle saw when she emerged from the alley was worse than lemon juice in your paper cut. The central square was filled with cats. Thousands of cats. Quite possibly tens of thousands of recently liberated cats doing an incredible, synchronized dance routine,...

Chapter 8: Precision is Very Important

“What now?” asked Annabelle, expecting #24 to pull out some device that would allow them to safely return to their scooters. “I was hoping you would have an idea,” said #24, peering over the edge of the roof. “The grappling hook?” “Still hanging in the stairwell...

Chapter 7: Discouraged and Hastily Trained

The moment Annabelle pushed the button, the room was flooded with purple light. Everything froze in place, including Annabelle. Her face was wet and sticky and she couldn’t breathe. She opened her mouth to scream, but it was immediately filled with…black raspberry...