She peered through the dirty glass. Like the other aquariums, it was empty too. No water. No fish. Just Hugo’s secrets and conversational skills.
She didn’t plant the sunflowers, they just sprung out of the ground a few months earlier. So, she took it as a sign. A gift from the Universe, she called it.
And now, a murder of crows were looking at her sunflowers and their seeds with hungry eyes.
“Perhaps we can strike a deal?” she said.
“What’s it like sleeping in outer space?” “Well, I’ve never been to outer space.” “Yeah but…” she skipped ahead of him, “what’s it like, Daddy?” He slung her sparkly unicorn school bag over his shoulder. “It’s very quiet in space,” he offered. She didn’t seem satisfied with that answer. “It’s so quiet, you can hear… Read more
“You’re wondering if I had work done,” grinned the Visitor. Julie blushed and returned her gaze to the cards she was shuffling.
“Don’t be sorry. You, see I’m a bit of a Reader too. It’s a good quality to have. It will get you far. It got me far.”
“Far from this place.”
“Exactly!” They both laughed diplomatically.
She was going to have to carry the entire weight of the argument they left unfinished for almost 3 hours, or else she would lose this fight by forfeit.
Sometimes, she exited under his bed, or into his closet. Sometimes she would just disappear behind a bed post, or under the rug. One time, she escaped through a drawer in his dresser— again, he wasn’t sure how.
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