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Chapter 12

A week went by and Lotto's dad stayed true to his word. She wasn't let out of her room for any reason. Her meals and school work were brought to her by her parents. She never saw Tera but could imagine her standing outside the door with a self satisfied grin. Lotto went two days… Continue reading Chapter 12

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Chapter 11

Lotto's ears are ringing. She can hear the sink running in the kitchen. Dishes are being put in the dishwasher. Annoyed with all the loud sounds and ready to let somebody know, Lotto opens her eyes and instantly regrets it. She turns her head to the right and feels like she is on a tilt-a-whirl.… Continue reading Chapter 11

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Chapter 10

Lotto looks out the passenger window as the car moves at a respectable speed. She doesn't know what to say to these two strangers even though she agreed to get into a car with them. Her hands are steady and are sitting in her lap in an unconscious prayer position. She relaxes when they pass… Continue reading Chapter 10

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Chapter 9

Lotto walks hunched over for two blocks, watching for shadows. She puts her arms around her torso to keep warm, cursing herself for not bringing her pullover just because it didn't go with the outfit. After turning the corner she straightens up. The street lights are dimly lit to conserve energy so Lotto keeps jumping… Continue reading Chapter 9

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Chapter 8

Lotto tries to keep a sense of normalcy from Monday morning until Friday, if only for appearances sake. She saves her energy for when she has to interact with her parents, and continues the routine of ignoring her sister. She doesn't think her Mom and Dad notice anything unusual. Lotto lets a smile slip here… Continue reading Chapter 8

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Chapter 7

When Lotto is five minutes from home, she can't bring herself to take those final steps that lead back to her cage. Pushing down the fear and ignoring the shaking of her hands, she walks toward the soda shop that she usually wants to avoid at all costs. Too many people. Boys and girls, all… Continue reading Chapter 7