Chapter 10

Lucian’s Mother often liked to warn him that the most significant threats to his safety were familiarity and confidence. Lucian thought she was talking about patterns, like going to the store at the same time each week or going to bed at the same time each night. She didn’t. She meant being so familiar with…

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Chapter 9

The only part of the year Lucian liked was summer. The rest of the year was dull and lonesome. He loved his Mom and Uncle Jack was fun, but it was summer when he saw other kids and could hang out with them. He knew a few of the older kids in town because they…

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Chapter 6

Lucille was anxious. After speaking with the two out-of-towners, she’d sent Jack to follow them and see what he could learn. She’d wanted to return home, to check on Lucian, but milled instead around cabin five and waited for Jack. It was still daytime, so Lucian was probably awake and reading. His cabin fever was…

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Chapter 5

It was an hour later when Allie and Don arrived at the camp dressed in khakis and boots from Don’s disguise trunk. Don had split and braided Allie’s wealth of hair and arranged them into a pair of buns on either side of her head. Don had insisted on the style, saying it was part…

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Chapter 1

His name was Lucian King. He was thirteen, and with his shirt as a pillow, he was indulging in the act of star counting. It wasn’t fun or simple, but it was his project, and he did it when the weather permitted. His goal was to count them starting from the north star and spiraling…

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