Chapter 1: At the Fair
Look forward, look back, look forward, look back,
look forward, look back," I thought to myself. Three more times.
Six for looking back.
My mother and I left home a day ago. Now we're at the fair.
It's crowded here. And dirty. I don't like it. I looked up at my mother.
Then I looked back down. And back up at my mother. Then back down.
I repeated it four more times; six times for looking. My mother was talking to the
man in the suit. It only had five buttons. I didn't like it.
It was wrong.
Look, I'll show you," my mother said as she brought the man with her to me. "Lina, take my wallet out of my purse."
Okay, okay, okay," I replied and repeated three more times. I reached into her
purse looking for her wallet. "Take it out, put it back, take it out, put it back, take
it out, put it back," I repeated in my head. The man looked at my with
shiny eyes in his wrong suit. He simply laughed and shook hands
with my mother before telling me to stay here and walking out of
the tent with her.
That was the last time I saw her.