Chapter II (3)
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I had to cover my face to shield my blinding eyes. It shone warm against my skin and I felt safe. A quiet dinging, like a small, brass bell, wrung in my ears and rose to become a hum that grew so loud, my chest reverberated. And the small voices grew in tandem, simultaneously becoming chaos and song.

And then I woke up.

My cell phone rang and without thinking, I picked it up. Jack had said I couldn’t talk to anyone before I left, but it was instinct. If he hadn't wanted me to talk, he really should have taken my phone.

“Morning, sunshine!” Natalia sang into the cell phone.

“I was just about to call you.”

Her voice went conspiratorial as she whispered into the phone, “Wanna go to the coast today and spend the night with my cousin in Cr...

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