Chapter 22: The Long and Winding Road

[nnwm15]   Many years ago, when she was about Jamie’s age, G-ma had learned how to knit from her grandmother. The old woman would sit by her fireplace, in a rocking chair, knitting sweaters for her family. It was a stereotypical scene, admittedly, but one that G-ma observed for years…

Chapter 21: Dark Thoughts

[nnwm15]   Ryan was quiet for the next few days, seldom making eye contact with the rest of the group. It was obvious to all that the revelation he’d forced out of Mara had affected him in some way. Ryan could be cruel, but it didn’t seem like he was…

Chapter 20: YouTube

[nnwm15]   Ryan sat there, painfully aware that things were changing for the worse. For the past few weeks, as he snuck off to the light valley, he had found something that could bring out the best in him, and with that so weak now, his demons were returning.

Chapter 17: Pain

[nnwm15]   When Mara turned 13, she decided that she was entitled to at least one night free of torment, so she decided to sneak out around 7 PM and go see a movie with her friend Jessica. Her dad didn’t like her out after dark, so generally she didn’t…

Chapter 16: Lows and Highs

[nnwm15]   Sara Beth knew she couldn’t tell Mara’s secret to the rest of the group, but at the same time, she also thought it was something Mara might want to mention at some point since it would, likely, get the others to stop wondering so much about her. Sara…

Chapter 15: The Sins of the Father

[nnwm15]   They’re all staring at me Mara sat about 20 feet away from the rest of the group. It had been a tiring few hours with them. She’d learned all about their past, while successfully keeping them away from her’s. The boy had come back, and she learned his…

Chapter 14: Contact

[nnwm15]   If I go out there, there is no coming back. The girl sat alone in the park. It was near dusk, and the birds were beginning to fly up into the trees for the night. They didn’t like intruders mulling around below them, making a terrible racket whenever…

Chapter 13: Unidentified Flying Object

[nnwm15]   Where am I? Am I finally done? Is it all over? Sara Beth remembered a day years ago before she met Julie, back when it was just her and her parents, living far out in the country before they moved closer to the city. It was sunny, and…

Chapter 12: Occupation and Preoccupation

[nnwm15]   Mrs. Corum’s mind was working frantically. She needed to complete 6 more before she stopped. Sara Beth dutifully called them out. “Uh, 32” Mrs. Corum thought for a few moments. “1024” “33?” “1089. Make them farther apart, it’s more challenging” “OK… 98” “Ooo….. 9604” “73” “Hmm… 5329” And…

Chapter 11: The Mountains

[nnwm15]   Mrs. Corum had a nagging thought about an area of the landscape they’d yet explored. Weeks earlier they’d thought of heading toward the tiny dot of difference on the horizon, perpendicular to hers and G-ma’s spots, heading away from the light valley. They’d started that direction but, upon…