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Lost and Found - Part 1, Chapter 1

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𝙸 πšžπš—πš™πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚊 πš•πšŠπš–πš™ πšŠπš—πš πš™πš•πšžπš πš’πš πš’πš—πšπš˜ 𝚊 πš™πš•πšžπš πš‹πšŽπšœπš’πšπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš•πšπš’πš—πš πšπšŽπšœπš” πšπš‘πšŠπš π™Έβ€™πš πš“πšžπšœπš πš”πš’πšŒπš”πšŽπš πš’πš—πšπš˜ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽ πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš’πš—πšπš˜πš πšŽπš πš πšŠπš•πš• 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš—πšŽπš  πš‹πšŽπšπš›πš˜πš˜πš–. 𝙸 πš™πšžπš•πš• 𝚘𝚞𝚝 πš–πš’ πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πš“πšŠπš› 𝚘𝚏 πš πš›πš’πšπš’πš—πš πš’πš–πš™πš•πšŽπš–πšŽπš—πšπšœ, πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš— πš–πš’ πš™πš’πš•πš•πš˜πš , πš πš‘πš’πšŒπš‘ 𝙸 𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚜 πš˜πš—πšπš˜ πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšπš πš’πš— πš‹πšŽπš π™Έβ€™πšŸπšŽ πšŠπš•πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ πš–πšŠπšπšŽ.

π™°πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πš˜πš˜πš– πš’πšœ πš–πš’πš—πšŽ. π™Έπš πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πšπš˜πš˜πš” πš–πšŽ πšŠπš— πš‘πš˜πšžπš› 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πš•πšŽπšπšŽπš•πš’ πšžπš—πš™πšŠπšŒπš”--πšœπš’πš—πšŒπšŽ πš‘πš˜πš—πšŽπšœπšπš•πš’, 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšπš˜πš—β€™πš πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš–πšžπšŒπš‘ 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚏𝚏. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πš“πšžπšœπš πš—πš˜ πš™πš˜πš’πš—πš πš’πš— πšπš›πšŠπšπšπš’πš—πš πšŠπš•πš˜πš—πš πšŽπš‘πšπš›πšŠ πš‹πšŽπš•πš˜πš—πšπš’πš—πšπšœ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πš’πš˜πšžβ€™πš›πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš—πšœπšπšŠπš—πšπš•πš’ πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš πšπš›πš˜πš– πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ, πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πš‘πšŠπšŸπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš•πš˜πš—πš-πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒. π™Έπš— 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚝, 𝚠𝚎 πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πšŽπšŸπšŽπš— 𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚊 πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš πšπš›πšžπšŒπš”. (π™Όπš’ πš–πš˜πš– πš•πš’πš”πšŽπšœ πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš. β€œπ™° πšπš›πšŽπšœπš‘ πšœπšπšŠπš›πš πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšŒπš˜πšžπš™πš•πšŽ πš–πš˜πš—πšπš‘πšœ, πš πš‘πšŽπš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš—πšŽπšŽπš πš’πš,” πšœπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš—πšŒπšŽ πšœπšŠπš’πš 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽ πš πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸, πšπš‘πšŽπš— πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πšπšŽπš— πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš˜πš•πš, πšŠπšœπš”πšŽπš πš πš‘πš’ πšœπš πš’πšπšŒπš‘πš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš πš—πšœ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚘 πš–πšžπšŒπš‘ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš–πš–πš˜πš— 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜 πšπš‘πšŠπš— πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš› πšπšŠπš–πš’πš•πš’πšŽπšœ. β€œπ™Έπš 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšŠπšœπš” πš–πšŽ, πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πš‘πš˜πš  πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšπšŠπš–πš’πš•πš’ πšœπš‘πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ. π™°πš•πš πšŠπš’πšœ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽ, πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πš”πš—πš˜πš πš’πš—πš πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πš˜πšžβ€™πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πš—πšŽπš‘πš.”)

πš†πšŽ πš‘πšŠπšπš—β€™πš πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŸπšŽπš πš’πš— πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ, π™ΏπšŽπš—πš—πšœπš’πš•πšŸπšŠπš—πš’πšŠ, πšžπš—πšπš’πš• πšœπš’πš‘-𝚘-πšŒπš•πš˜πšŒπš” πš™.πš–., πš‘πšŠπšŸπš’πš—πš πšπš›πš’πšŸπšŽπš— πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚒 πšπš›πš˜πš– π™²πš˜πš—πš—πšŽπšŒπšπš’πšŒπšžπš πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš πšŽβ€™πš 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 πšπš›πšŠπš’πš•πšŽπš› πš™πšŠπš›πš” πšπš˜πš› πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πšœπš’πš‘ πš–πš˜πš—πšπš‘πšœ. πš†πšŽβ€™πš πš•πšŽπšπš πš“πšžπšœπš πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš•πšžπš—πšŒπš‘ πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšπš˜πš πš—πš‘πš˜πšžπšœπšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš πšŽβ€™πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πš›πšŽπš—πšπš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 πš πš‘πš’πš•πšŽ.

π™°πš—πš πš—πš˜πš  πš’πš πš’πšœ πšπš’πš—πš—πšŽπš›πšπš’πš–πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πš—πš˜πš  𝙸 πšŠπš– πšœπšπšŠπš›πšŸπš’πš—πš.

𝙸 πšπš˜πš—β€™πš πšŽπš‘πš™πšŽπšŒπš πšπš’πš—πš—πšŽπš› 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’, πš˜πš› πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπšŽπš; π™Όπš˜πš– πš•πš’πš”πšŽπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πš—πš’πšœπš‘ πšžπš—πš™πšŠπšŒπš”πš’πš—πš πšŠπš•πš• πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšŠπš–πšŽ 𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚠𝚎 πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 πš—πšŽπš  πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ, 𝚜𝚘 πš•πš’πš”πšŽπš•πš’ πšœπš‘πšŽβ€™πšœ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ 𝚏𝚘𝚌𝚞𝚜𝚎𝚍 πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŠπš πšπš‘πšŠπš— 𝚏𝚘𝚘𝚍. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽπšœ πš–πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπš—πš πšπš˜πš› πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš πšŠπš—πš πšπš’πš—πš πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚊𝚝 πš’πš— πšŽπš’πšπš‘πšŽπš› πšŠπš— πšžπš—πš™πšŠπšŒπš”πšŽπš πšŒπš˜πš˜πš•πšŽπš› πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš’πšŸπšŽ πš˜πš› 𝚊 πš—πšŽπš πš•πš’ πšœπšπš˜πšŒπš”πšŽπš πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ.

𝙸 πšπš’πš—πš πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πšŒπšŠπš›πš›πš˜πš πšœπšπš’πšŒπš”πšœ πšŠπš—πš 𝚊 β€œπ™·πšŽπšŠπš›πšπš’ π™±πšŽπšŽπšπšœπšπšŽπšŠπš”β€ πšƒπš… πšπš’πš—πš—πšŽπš› πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πšŽπšŽπš£πšŽπš› πšπš‘πšŠπš πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πšœ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšœπššπšžπšŠπšœπš‘πšŽπš πš›πšŠπš‹πš‹πš’πš πšπš›πš˜πš™πš™πš’πš—πšπšœ. 𝙸 πšœπš‘πš›πšžπš 𝚝𝚘 πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš. π™Έπšβ€™πš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πšŽπšπš’πš‹πš•πšŽ, 𝙸 πšœπšžπš™πš™πš˜πšœπšŽ, 𝚜𝚘 𝙸 πš™πšžπš—πšŒπš‘ πš‘πš˜πš•πšŽπšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš™ πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πšπš˜πš›πš”, πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚜 πš’πš πš’πš—πšπš˜ πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšŒπš›πš˜πš πšŠπšŸπšŽ.

πš†πš‘πš’πš•πšŽ πš’πš πš‘πšŽπšŠπšπšœ, 𝙸 πš‹πšžπšœπš’ πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš πš πš’πšπš‘ πšžπš—πš•πš˜πšŠπšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš‹πš˜πš‘ 𝚘𝚏 πšœπš™πš’πšŒπšŽπšœ πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›. π™Έπš πšπš˜πšŽπšœπš—β€™πš πšπšŠπš”πšŽ πš•πš˜πš—πš, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπš•πš–πš˜πšœπš πšπš’πš—πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš, 𝙸 πš™πšŽπšŽπš” 𝚘𝚞𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš’πš—πšπš˜πš  πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πš—πš”.

𝙰 πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšπš’πš›πš• πš™πšŽπšŽπš”πšœ πš’πš— 𝚊𝚝 πš–πšŽ.

πš†πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πšœπš‘πš›πš’πšŽπš” 𝚘𝚏 πšœπšžπš›πš™πš›πš’πšœπšŽ, 𝙸 πšπš›πš˜πš™ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš’πš—πš—πšŠπš–πš˜πš— πšŠπš—πš πš’πš πšœπš™πš’πš•πš•πšœ πšŠπš•πš• πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› πš–πšŽ πšŠπš—πš πš’πš—πšπš˜ πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πš—πš”. π™»πš˜πš˜πš”πš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš πš— 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πšŽπšœπšœ, 𝙸 πšœπš’πšπš‘ πšŠπš—πš πš•πš˜πš˜πš” πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšœπšπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πšžπšœ πšπš’πš›πš•.

πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πš• πš’πšœ . . . πšπš˜πš—πšŽ.

𝙸 πš™πš›πš˜πš‹πšŠπš‹πš•πš’ πš’πš–πšŠπšπš’πš—πšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›. π™°πš—πš—πš˜πš’πšŽπš 𝚊𝚝 πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš, 𝙸 πšπš›πšŠπš‹ 𝚊 πš—πšŽπšŠπš›πš‹πš’ πš™πšŠπš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πšŽπš• πšŠπš—πš πš‹πšŽπšπšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš πšŽπšŽπš™ πšžπš™ πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš πš™πš˜πš πšπšŽπš›.

π™Ύπš πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽ, πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš–πšŽπš—πš π™Όπš˜πš– πšŒπš‘πš˜πš˜πšœπšŽπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπšŠπš› πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›πš πšŠπš’.

β€œπ™Ήπšžπš•πš’πšŠ? πš„πš‘ . . . πš πš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš?” πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ, πš–πš˜πšŸπš’πš—πš πš‹πšŽπš‘πš’πš—πš πš–πšŽ πšŠπš—πš πšπš›πšŠπš‹πš‹πš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš™πšŠπš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πšŽπš• 𝚝𝚘 πš‘πšŽπš•πš™ πš πš’πšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš’πš—πš—πšŠπš–πš˜πš— πšœπš™πš’πš•πš•.

β€œπ™΄πš›, πš‘πšŠπš—πš πšœπš•πš’πš™πš™πšŽπš,” 𝙸 πšœπš’πšπš‘, πšπš’πšπšžπš›πš’πš—πš πš’πš πš‹πšŽπšπšπšŽπš› πš—πš˜πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπš•πš• πš‘πšŽπš› πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšŽπšπšŠπš’πš•πšœ 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πšŸπš’πšŸπš’πš πš’πš–πšŠπšπš’πš—πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—β€™πšœ πš πšŠπš—πšπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš. β€œπ™Έ πšπš‘πš˜πšžπšπš‘πš 𝙸 𝚜𝚊𝚠 πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚞𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš’πš—πšπš˜πš . π™Όπšžπšœπš πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πš‹πšŽπšŽπš— πš—πš˜πšπš‘πš’πš—πš.”

β€œπ™°πš•πš• πš›πš’πšπš‘πš . . . πš πšŽπš•πš•, 𝙸 πšπš‘πš’πš—πš” πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πš˜πšžπš› πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš›πš˜πš˜πš– 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πš—πš’πšœπš‘ πšžπš—πš™πšŠπšŒπš”πš’πš—πš,” πšœπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš’πš—πšœ.

𝙸 πšœπš–πš’πš•πšŽ. β€œπ™Έβ€™πš•πš• πš‘πšŽπš•πš™ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πš πš‘πš’πš•πšŽ 𝙸 𝚎𝚊𝚝 πšπš’πš—πš—πšŽπš›.”

πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšŒπš›πš˜πš πšŠπšŸπšŽ πš‹πšŽπšŽπš™πšœ πš•πš˜πšžπšπš•πš’, πšœπš’πšπš—πšŠπš•πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πš’πšπšœ πš“πš˜πš‹ πš‘πšŽπšŠπšπš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ π™·πšŽπšŠπš›πšπš’ πš‚πšπšŽπšŠπš”.

𝙸 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš–πš’ πšœπš‘πš’πš›πš 𝚊 πš•πšŠπšœπš πš πš’πš™πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš, πšœπšŠπšπš’πšœπšπš’πšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ πš–πš’ πš›πšŽπš–πš˜πšŸπšŠπš• 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš’πš—πš—πšŠπš–πš˜πš—, 𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚜 πš–πš’ πš™πšŠπš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πšŽπš• πš’πš—πšπš˜ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πšŠπšœπš‘ πšŒπšŠπš—. 𝙸 πš™πšžπš•πš• 𝚘𝚞𝚝 πš–πš’ πšπš’πš—πš—πšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš πš™πšŽπšŽπš• πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ 𝚘𝚏𝚏.

π™Έπš πšœπš–πšŽπš•πš•πšœ, πšŒπš˜πš’πš—πšŒπš’πšπšŽπš—πšπšŠπš•πš•πš’, πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšœπššπšžπšŠπšœπš‘πšŽπš πš›πšŠπš‹πš‹πš’πš πšπš›πš˜πš™πš™πš’πš—πšπšœ. 𝙸 πšπšŠπš”πšŽ 𝚊 πšπšŽπš—πšπšŠπšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš‹πš’πšπšŽ.

π™Έπš 𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚜 πšŽπš‘πšŠπšŒπšπš•πš’ πš‘πš˜πš  πš’πš πšœπš–πšŽπš•πš•πšœ.

π™Έπš πš“πš˜πš’πš—πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πšŽπš• πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πšŠπšœπš‘, πšŠπš—πš 𝙸 πš–πšžπš—πšŒπš‘ πš˜πš— 𝚊 πš‘πšŠπš›πš πšŒπšŠπš›πš›πš˜πš πšœπšπš’πšŒπš” πšπš›πš˜πš– πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ πš πš‘πš’πš•πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπš’πš—πš πšπšŠπš›πš•πš’πšŒ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš™πš’πšŒπšŽ πšŒπšŠπš‹πš’πš—πšŽπš πš‹πšŽπšœπš’πšπšŽ πš˜πš—πš’πš˜πš— πš™πš˜πš πšπšŽπš›.

β€œπ™ΏπšŠπšœπšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπšŠπš›πš›πš˜πšπšœ?” π™Όπš˜πš– πšŠπšœπš”πšœ πš•πšŠπš–πšŽπš•πš’ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› 𝚊 πš‘πš˜πš™πšŽπšπšžπš•-𝚒𝚎𝚝-πšžπš—πšœπšžπšŒπšŒπšŽπšœπšœπšπšžπš• πšπš•πšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš’πšπšπšŽ. 𝙸 πš›πš˜πš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘𝚜𝚜 πš’πš 𝚝𝚘 πš‘πšŽπš› πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πšœπš–πš’πš›πš”. β€œπ™Όπš˜πš–, 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚎𝚝 πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπš• 𝚏𝚘𝚘𝚍 . . . ”

β€œπ™·πš˜πš π™Ώπš˜πšŒπš”πšŽπšπšœ?”

β€œ . . . πš’πšŽπšŠπš‘.”

πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš—πšŽπš‘πš πš–πš˜πš›πš—πš’πš—πš, 𝙸 πšŠπš πšŠπš”πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πš›πšŽπšœπšπšŽπš πšπš‘πšŠπš— π™Έβ€™πšŸπšŽ πšπšŽπš•πš πš’πš— 𝚊 πš•πš˜πš—πš πšπš’πš–πšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšŽπš πš’πšœ πšŒπš˜πš–πšπš˜πš›πšπšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš‘πš˜πšžπšœπšŽβ€™πšœ πšπšŽπš–πš™πšŽπš›πšŠπšπšžπš›πšŽ πš™πšŽπš›πšπšŽπšŒπš πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 πšŒπšŠπš•πš– πš—πš’πšπš‘πš, πšπš‘πš˜πšžπšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŠπš’πš› πš’πšœ πš—πš˜πš  πšŠπš•πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ πš πšŠπš›πš–πš’πš—πš πšžπš™ πšπš˜πš› πšŠπš—πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš› πš‘πš˜πš π™Ήπšžπš•πš’ 𝚍𝚊𝚒.

π™Όπš˜πš– πš‘πšŠπšœ πš—πš˜πš 𝚒𝚎𝚝 πš πš˜πš”πšŽπš— πš πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 πššπšžπš’πšŽπšπš•πš’ πš™πšŠπš πšπš˜πš πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšπšŠπš’πš›πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšœπšŒπšŠπšŸπšŽπš—πšπšŽ πšπš˜πš› πš‹πš›πšŽπšŠπš”πšπšŠπšœπš. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πšŽπšœπš—β€™πš πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚝𝚘--𝚊𝚜 πšŠπš— πšŽπšŸπšŽπš—πš πšŒπš˜πš˜πš›πšπš’πš—πšŠπšπš˜πš›, πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’πšπš‘πš’πš—πš πšœπš‘πšŽ πš‘πšŠπšœ 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚘 πšπš˜πš› πš πš˜πš›πš” πšŒπšŠπš— πš‹πšŽ πšπš˜πš—πšŽ πš˜πš—πš•πš’πš—πšŽ. π™°πš‘, πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš•πšπšŽπš— 𝚊𝚐𝚎 𝚘𝚏 πšŽπš•πšŽπšŒπšπš›πš˜πš—πš’πšŒπšœ, πš’πš—πšπšŽπšŽπš.

𝙸 πš™πš˜πšžπš› πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ π™²πš‘πšŽπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πšœ πšŠπš—πš πšπš•πšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚟𝚎 πšŒπš•πš˜πšŒπš”. π™Έπšβ€™πšœ πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πšŽπš’πšπš‘πš πš˜β€™πšŒπš•πš˜πšŒπš”, πšŠπš—πš πš’πšβ€™πšœ πšœπšπš’πš•πš• πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš πš‘πšŠπš πšπšŠπš›πš” πš˜πšžπšπšœπš’πšπšŽ.

𝙸 πšπš˜πš—β€™πš πš–πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšŠπš›πš”. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πšŠπšπš›πšŠπš’πš πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšπš‘πšŽπš’ πšŒπšŠπš—β€™πš 𝚜𝚎𝚎 πš’πš— πšπš›πš˜πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽπš–πšœπšŽπš•πšŸπšŽπšœ, πš‹πšžπš 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽ, πš’πšβ€™πšœ πš“πšžπšœπš πšŒπšŠπš•πš–πš’πš—πš. π™»πš’πš”πšŽ 𝚊 πš›πšŽπš–πš’πš—πšπšŽπš› 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš”πšŽ πšπš‘πš’πš—πšπšœ πš˜πš—πšŽ πšœπšπšŽπš™ 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 πšπš’πš–πšŽ.

𝙸 𝚎𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπšŽπš›πšŽπšŠπš• πšπš›πš’, πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πšœπš˜πšžπš—πšπšœ πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πš–πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πš–πš’ πšŒπš›πšžπš—πšŒπš‘πš’πš—πš πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšœπšπš’πšŒ πšœπš™πš˜πš˜πš— πš•πš’πšπš‘πšπš•πš’ πšŒπš•πš’πš—πš”πš’πš—πš πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πšπšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πš˜πš πš•.

𝙸 πš‘πšŽπšŠπš› 𝚊 πšŒπš›πšŽπšŠπš” πšπš‘πšŠπš πš™πšžπš•πš•πšœ πš–πšŽ πšπš›πš˜πš– πš–πš’ πš£πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚊𝚜 π™Έβ€™πš– πšœπšπš’πšŒπš”πš’πš—πš πš–πš’ πšŽπš–πš™πšπš’ πš‹πš˜πš πš• πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πš—πš”. π™Όπš˜πš– πš’πšœ 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš™ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšπšŠπš’πš›πšœ.

β€œπ™·πšŽπš’, π™Ήπšžπš•πš’πšŠ. πš†πš‘πšŠπšπšπšŠπš’πšŠ πš πšŠπš—πš—πšŠ 𝚍𝚘 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚒?”

𝙸 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ 𝚊 πšœπš‘πš›πšžπš. β€œπš†πš‘πšŠπš πš πšŽπš›πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšπš‘πš’πš—πš”πš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚏? 𝙸 πš–πš’πšπš‘πš πš›πš’πšπšŽ πš–πš’ πš‹πš’πš”πšŽ πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πš 𝚊 πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πš˜πš—πšŒπšŽ πš’πš 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚜 πš‹πš›πš’πšπš‘πšπšŽπš› 𝚘𝚞𝚝.”

β€œπš†πšŽπš•πš•, 𝙸 πš‘πšŽπšŠπš› πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš•πšŠπš—πšπš–πšŠπš›πš”πšœ πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš. π™°πš™πš™πšŠπš›πšŽπš—πšπš•πš’ πšπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš˜πš πš— πš‘πšŠπšœ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšŽπšœπš πšŒπš˜πš™πšœ πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš, πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš–πš˜πš—πšžπš–πšŽπš—πšπšœ πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšŒπšŽ πšœπšπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—.”

β€œπ™²πš˜πš˜πš•,” 𝙸 𝚜𝚊𝚒. β€œπšƒπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πš™πš›πš˜πš‹πšŠπš‹πš•πš’ 𝚊 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πšπš˜πš πš— 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒 πš’πš—, πšπš‘πšŽπš—. πš‚πš˜πšžπš—πšπšœ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πš’πš πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ 𝚜𝚊𝚏𝚎.”

β€œπšˆπšŽπšŠπš‘,” π™Όπš˜πš– πšŠπšπš›πšŽπšŽπšœ. β€œπ™°πš—πš 𝚒𝚎𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚝 πšœπšžπšŒπš‘ 𝚊 πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš πšπšŽπšŠπš• πš˜πš— πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽ! πš†πš˜πš—πšπšŽπš› πš πš‘πš’ πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πš—πšŽ πšœπšŽπšŽπš–πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽ 𝚘𝚞𝚝.”

𝙸 πšœπš‘πš›πšžπš.

π™½πš˜πš˜πš—, πš πšŽβ€™πšŸπšŽ πšŠπš•πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ πšπšŠπš”πšŽπš— 𝚊 πšπš›πš’πš™ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πš˜πš•πšŽβ€™ πšπš›πš˜πšŒπšŽπš›πš’ πšœπšπš˜πš›πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πš™πš’πšŒπš”πšŽπš πšžπš™ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπš• 𝚏𝚘𝚘𝚍, πšŠπš”πšŠ π™·πš˜πš π™Ώπš˜πšŒπš”πšŽπšπšœ. π™°πš—πš πš‹πš›πšŽπšŠπš. π™°πš—πš πš•πšžπš—πšŒπš‘πš–πšŽπšŠπš, πšœπš™πšŠπšπš‘πšŽπšπšπš’, πšŠπš—πš πšπšžπš‹πšœ 𝚘𝚏 πš’πšŒπšŽ πšŒπš›πšŽπšŠπš–, 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽ.

π™±πšŽπšœπš πš–πš˜πš– πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›.

πš†πšŽ πšœπš’πš πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπšŠπš› πš πš’πšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πšžπš—πš” πš˜πš™πšŽπš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπš›πš”πš’πš—πš πš•πš˜πš, πšŽπšŠπšπš’πš—πš πš—πšŽπš πš•πš’ πš–πšŠπšπšŽ πšœπšŠπš—πšπš πš’πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πš›πš’πšπš‘πš πšœπšžπš— πšŠπš—πš πš‘πšŽπšŠπš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚍𝚊𝚒.

𝙸 πšŠπš•πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’ πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚊 πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš πšπšŽπšŽπš•πš’πš—πš πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πšπš‘πš’πšœ πšπš˜πš πš—. π™Έπš πšœπšŽπšŽπš–πšœ πš™πšŽπš›πšπšŽπšŒπš.

πš‚πšŠπš—πšπš πš’πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœ πšπš˜πš—πšŽ, 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŽπšŠπš πš‹πšŠπšŒπš” 𝚝𝚘 πš˜πšžπš› πš—πšŽπš  πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ πšŠπš—πš πš“πšžπšœπš πš–πš’πš—πšžπšπšŽπšœ πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš πšŽβ€™πšŸπšŽ πšπš˜πšπšπšŽπš— πš’πš— πšŠπš—πš πšžπš—πš•πš˜πšŠπšπšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš˜πšŒπšŽπš›πš’πšŽπšœ, πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš›πš‹πšŽπš•πš• πš›πš’πš—πšπšœ.

β€œπ™Ύπš‘, πš–πšŠπš’πš‹πšŽ πš’πšβ€™πšœ 𝚊 πš—πšŽπš’πšπš‘πš‹πš˜πš›!” π™Όπš˜πš– πš›πšžπšœπš‘πšŽπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš™πšŽπšŽπš” πšπš‘πš›πš˜πšžπšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš’πš—πšπš˜πš . 𝙸 πšπš˜πš•πš•πš˜πš  πš‹πšŽπš‘πš’πš—πš πš‘πšŽπš›, πšŒπšžπš›πš’πš˜πšžπšœ.

πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš˜πš™πšŽπš—πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš˜πš› πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πšœ 𝚊 πšπš’πš›πšŽπš-πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πš’πš—πš πš πš˜πš–πšŠπš— πš πš’πšπš‘ πšπš‘πš’πš—, πšπšŠπš›πš” πš‹πš›πš˜πš πš— πš‘πšŠπš’πš›, πš‘πš˜πš•πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŠπšπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšŒπš˜πš˜πš”πš’πšŽπšœ πš’πš— πš˜πš—πšŽ πš‘πšŠπš—πš πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš‘πšŠπš—πš 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšπš’πš›πš• πš πš’πšπš‘ πš‹πš•πšŠπšŒπš” πš‘πšŠπš’πš›, πš‹πšŠπš—πšπšœ, πšŠπš—πš πš‘πšžπšπšŽ πšπšŠπš›πš” 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜 πšπš‘πšŠπš πšœπšŽπšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πšœπšπšŠπš›πšŽ πš’πš—πšπš˜ πš–πš’ πšœπš˜πšžπš•. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πš• 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš’πš—πšπš˜πš ! 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πš“πš˜πš•πš. 𝙸 πšπš’πš—πš πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš πšœπšπšŠπš›πš’πš—πš πš‹πšŠπšŒπš”, πšŠπš—πš πšœπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš•πšπšœ πš‘πšŽπš› πš‘πšŽπšŠπš πšπš˜πš πš—, πš‹πšŠπš—πšπšœ πšπšŠπš•πš•πš’πš—πš πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› πšπš‘πš˜πšœπšŽ 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚜 πšœπš‘πšŽ πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πšœ 𝚊𝚝 πš‘πšŽπš› 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚝.

β€œπ™Άπš˜πš˜πš πšŠπšπšπšŽπš›πš—πš˜πš˜πš—,” πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš˜πš–πšŠπš— 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚜 πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšπšŽπš•πš’. β€œπ™Έβ€™πš– π™Όπš’πš›πšŠ πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘, πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš’πšœ πš–πš’ πšπšŠπšžπšπš‘πšπšŽπš›, π™²πšŠπš–. πš†πšŽβ€™πš›πšŽ πš—πšŽπš‘πš πšπš˜πš˜πš›,” πšœπš‘πšŽ πšŽπš‘πš™πš•πšŠπš’πš—πšœ. β€œπ™°πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πšπš˜πš› 𝚒𝚘𝚞. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš˜πš–πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ.” πš‚πš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšŸπšŽπšœ 𝚊 πšœπš–πš’πš•πšŽ, πš‹πšžπš πš’πš πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πšœ πšœπšπš›πšŠπš’πš—πšŽπš.

β€œπšƒπš‘πšŠπš—πš” 𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚘 πš–πšžπšŒπš‘!” π™Όπš˜πš– πšπšžπšœπš‘πšŽπšœ. β€œπšˆπš˜πšžβ€™πš›πšŽ 𝚜𝚘 πš”πš’πš—πš! π™Ώπš•πšŽπšŠπšœπšŽ πšŒπš˜πš–πšŽ πš’πš—!”

β€œπšƒπš‘πšŠπš—πš” 𝚒𝚘𝚞,” π™Όπšœ. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘ 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚜, πšŠπš—πš π™Όπš˜πš– πš•πšŽπšŠπšπšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›-πšπšŠπšžπšπš‘πšπšŽπš› πš™πšŠπš’πš› πš’πš—πšπš˜ πšπš‘πšŽ πš‘πš˜πšžπšœπšŽ. πš†πšŽ πšœπš’πš πšπš˜πš πš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πš›πš˜πš˜πš–, πšŠπš•πš• πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšŒπš˜πšžπšŒπš‘.

β€œπ™·πš˜πš  πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš•πš’πš”πš’πš—πš πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ 𝚜𝚘 πšπšŠπš›?” π™Όπšœ. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘ πšŠπšœπš”πšœ.

β€œπš†πšŽπš•πš•, 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽπš—β€™πš πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšœπšŽπšŽπš— 𝚝𝚘𝚘 πš–πšžπšŒπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 πš’πš 𝚒𝚎𝚝, 𝚊𝚜 πš πšŽβ€™πšŸπšŽ πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš‹πšŽπšŽπš— πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚒,” πš–πš’ πš–πš˜πš– πšœπš–πš’πš•πšŽπšœ. β€œπ™±πšžπš πš’πš πšœπšŽπšŽπš–πšœ πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πš—πš’πšŒπšŽ! πš€πšžπš’πšπšŽ πš™πšŽπš›πšπšŽπšŒπš, πšŠπšŒπšπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’; πš–πšŠπš”πšŽπšœ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš πš˜πš—πšπšŽπš› πš’πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš πšπšŠπš›πš” πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš πš‘πš˜πš•πšŽ πšπš˜πš πš—β€™πšœ 𝚊𝚌𝚝!”

π™Όπš’ 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜 πšπšŠπš›πš 𝚝𝚘 π™Όπšœ. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘ πšŠπš—πš πšŒπšŠπšπšŒπš‘ πš‘πšŽπš› πšœπšžπš‹πšπš•πš’ πšπšžπš•πš™πš’πš—πš.

β€œπšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πšœ, πš’πšœπš—β€™πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ?” 𝙸 πš‹πš•πšžπš›πš. β€œπšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽ πš‹πš’πš πš›πšŽπšŠπšœπš˜πš— πš—πš˜ πš˜πš—πšŽ πš πšŠπš—πšπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽ πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ, πš’πšœπš—β€™πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ? πš†πšŽ πš“πšžπšœπš πšπš˜πš—β€™πš πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš’πš.”

β€œπ™Ήπšžπš•πš’πšŠ!” π™Όπš˜πš– πšœπšŒπš˜πš•πšπšœ. β€œπ™±πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšπšŽ! 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš“πš˜πš”πš’πš—πš!”

β€œπšˆπšŽπšŠπš‘, πš‹πšžπš--”

β€œπ™½πš˜, π™Ήπšžπš•πš’πšŠ, 𝚒--”

β€œπ™½πš˜,” π™Όπšœ. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘ πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πš›πšžπš™πšπšœ πššπšžπš’πšŽπšπš•πš’, πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπš•πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πš˜πšπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜. πš‚πš‘πšŽβ€™πšœ πš•πš˜πš˜πš”πš’πš—πš πšπš˜πš πš— 𝚊𝚝 πš‘πšŽπš› πš•πšŠπš™. β€œπ™Ύπš πšŒπš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽ, πš’πš πšŽπš‘πš™πš•πšŠπš’πš—πšœ πš πš‘πš’ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ, 𝚝𝚘 πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ, 𝚘𝚏 πšŠπš•πš• πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽπšœ. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 πšπš˜πš—β€™πš πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš πš‘πšŠπš πš‘πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš.”

β€œπš†πš‘πšŠπš . . . πš‘πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš,” πš–πš’ πš–πš˜πš– πš›πšŽπš™πšŽπšŠπšπšœ.

β€œπšˆπšŽπšœ. π™΅πš˜πšžπš› πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ 𝚊𝚐𝚘 . . . ” πšœπš‘πšŽ πšœπš’πšπš‘πšœ πšŠπš—πš πš•πš’πšπšπšœ πš‘πšŽπš› 𝚎𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 πš–πšŽπšŽπš πš–πš’ πš–πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšœβ€™. β€œπšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš–πš’πšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš™πšŽπš›πšœπš˜πš— 𝚌𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚜 πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšŠπš–πšŽ πš πšŽπšŽπš”. π™°πš•πš• πš•πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšŒπš‘πš’πš•πšπš›πšŽπš—, πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πšπš˜πšžπš› πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš˜πš•πš. π™°πš•πš• πšπš’πš›πš•πšœ πš πš‘πš˜ πš πšŽπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš™πš›πšŽπšœπšŒπš‘πš˜πš˜πš• πš πš’πšπš‘ π™²πšŠπš–. π™²πšŠπš– πšŽπšŸπšŽπš— πš πš’πšπš—πšŽπšœπšœπšŽπš πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš”πš’πšπšœ πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš πšŠπš‹πšπšžπšŒπšπšŽπš--πš“πšžπšœπš πšπšŠπš”πšŽπš—, πš›πš’πšπš‘πš πš’πš— πšπš›πš˜πš—πš 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšŽπš›, πš˜πš› πš”πš’πš•πš•πšŽπš, πš˜πš› πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš. 𝙸 πšœπšžπš™πš™πš˜πšœπšŽ πš πšŽβ€™πš•πš• πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš πš‘πš˜ πš’πš 𝚠𝚊𝚜; 𝚠𝚎 πšŒπšŠπš— πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš™πš›πšŠπš’. π™²πšŠπš– πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš”πš—πš˜πš πš— πš πš’πšπš—πšŽπšœπšœ, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπšπšπšŽπš› πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πšŠπš—πš πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ, πšœπš‘πšŽ πšœπšπš’πš•πš• πš‘πšŠπšœπš—β€™πš πšœπš™πš˜πš”πšŽπš— πšœπš’πš—πšŒπšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝚍𝚊𝚒. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πš•πš’πšŒπšŽ πšœπšŽπšŠπš›πšŒπš‘πšŽπš πšπš˜πš› πš πšŽπšŽπš”πšœ. π™Όπš˜πš—πšπš‘πšœ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš’ πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšœπšπš˜πš™πš™πšŽπš; πš˜πš—πš•πš’ πš•πš’πšπš‘πšπšŽπš—πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πšœπšŽπšŠπš›πšŒπš‘πšŽπšœ. π™±πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽπš’ πš—πšŽπšŸπšŽπš› πšπš˜πšžπš—πš πšŠπš—πš’ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πš˜πšœπšŽ πš”πš’πšπšœ. π™°πš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš‘πš’πš•πšπš›πšŽπš—πšœβ€™ πš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπš›πšŽπš—πšπšœ πšŽπšŸπšŽπš—πšπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽπš 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ, πšžπš—πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽπšŠπš› πš•πš’πšŸπš’πš—πš πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš πš— πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŽπš’ πš•πš˜πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πš”πš’πšπšœ. π™°πš—πš πš–πšŠπš—πš’ πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšœ πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽπš 𝚘𝚞𝚝, 𝚝𝚘𝚘. π™°πš—πš πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πš—πšŽ πš”πš—πš˜πš πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πš‘πš’πšœπšπš˜πš›πš’ 𝚘𝚏 πš˜πšžπš› πšπš˜πš πš—, πšŠπš—πš πš—πš˜ πš˜πš—πšŽ πš πšŠπš—πšπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽ πš’πš—, πšŽπš’πšπš‘πšŽπš›--π™Έβ€™πš– πšœπšžπš›πšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πš πšŽπš›πšŽ πš πš˜πš—πšπšŽπš›πš’πš—πš πš πš‘πš’ 𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚐𝚘𝚝 πšœπšžπšŒπš‘ 𝚊 πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš πš›πšŽπš—πš πš˜πš— πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽ. πš†πšŽπš•πš•, πšπš‘πšŠπšβ€™πšœ πš πš‘πš’.”

πš†πšŽβ€™πš›πšŽ πš‹πš˜πšπš‘ πšœπš™πšŽπšŽπšŒπš‘πš•πšŽπšœπšœ.

β€œπ™±πšžπš--” π™Όπš˜πš– πšπš’πš—πšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŒπš‘πš˜πš”πšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚞𝚝, β€œπ™°πš›πšŽπš—β€™πš πšƒπšŽπš›πš›πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽπšŸπš’πš•πš•πšŽ π™Ώπš˜πš•πš’πšŒπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πš‹πšŽπšœπš? πš†πšŽ πš‘πšŽπšŠπš›πš--”

β€œπšƒπš‘πšŽπš’ πšŠπš›πšŽ,” π™Όπšœ. πš†πšŽπš•πšŒπš‘ 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚜 πšπšŠπš›πš”πš•πš’ 𝚊𝚜 π™²πšŠπš– πšŒπšžπšπšπš•πšŽπšœ πš’πš—πšπš˜ πš‘πšŽπš›. β€œπšƒπš‘πšŠπšβ€™πšœ πš πš‘πšŠπš πš–πšŠπš”πšŽπšœ πš’πš 𝚜𝚘 πšœπšŒπšŠπš›πš’.”


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Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:02 pm
julia002 says...



Ohh I'm very intrigued by this! I love the classic trope of a small town with big secrets. I can feel a whole world of characters being created here in this town. The pacing was also good, I like how the chapter all lead up to revealing the mystery. Overall, good work!




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Hi @writercat383, I'm Async. I'm still pretty new to the site so you'll have to bare with me. I hope this review will he helpfull to you!

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed reading this piece. Your writing style is so entertaining and wondeful. The idea was very gripping and left me wanting more so good job there. It seems a bit odd that there family moves around every few months. I assume there not very rich or anything because of the food but I'm curious to what Julia's moms profession is. A little bit more about her past like where she moved from or some of her younger childhood would be nice to have. You start a lot of your scentences with I and My which isn't necesarily bad but it gets a little old. I would recomend trying to mix up the scentence structure a bit to help vary the writing style. The plot is very intresting, I think its intresting and has plenty of room to be expanded. Overall, this was a great first chapter to help introduce cahracters and get the plot moving a little. I'm super exited to read the next parts. Until then, keep up the good writing!




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Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:19 pm
Kalsie2179 says...



My sister went missing one day and we thought we would never see her again. we were a Disney and she walked all the way to the parking lot. I didn't think she would of went here so we spent 2 hours searching for her to find out that she had walked all the way to the parking lot I was so mad at her




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Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:34 am
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Hello! I'm Spunky and welcome to YWS! I hope you like it here.

Glows: This is a pretty spooky story. I don't usually like that genre, but this grabbed my attention. The whole thing with the girl outside the window leading up to the missing child cases...let's just say was interesting. You have very rich language, and thats half of good writing. I'm excited to read more!

Grows: I would suggest shortening the beginning. There wasn't a hook to keep me into the story until the part with the girl outside the window. Try to get that in a little sooner. Also, it doesn't seem very believable that people would still be scared about something that happened "years and years" ago. Granted, there were five children missing, and they were never found, but that happens a lot. Not necessarily five at once, but still. If it was a small town, and it had happened more recently it would make a bit more sense.

Overall: You did a very fine job on this short story! It was enjoyable to read, and I hope you post more chapters.

Have a good day/night!




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Thanks for the critique! I have been thinking about shortening the beginning a little and this is after all, only the first draft, so when I rewrite I will definitely take your comments into thought!




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