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By Kit Pearson

Theo and her younger, irresponsible mom look trapped of their depressing, poverty-stricken existence. Theo desires of belonging to a “real” relations, and her dream turns out to return real while she is mysteriously followed via the massive, hot Kaldor family members.

But as time passes, the magic of Theo’s new existence starts to vanish, and shortly she reveals herself again along with her mom. have been the Kaldors actual or simply a dream? And who's the shadowy determine who haunts Theo’s thoughts?


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Lisbeth took a pack of playing cards out of her pocket. “Do you must play Fish with us? ” To Theo’s astonishment Lisbeth pulled her through the hand. “Come on, John and Ben,” she ordered. “We’re enjoying Fish. ” “We regularly do what Lisbeth says,” grinned Anna. All 4 of them sat down in a circle. Theo was once a part of it. She was once brought to John and Ben. John nodded at her; he appeared shy. Ben pulled up a black patch on a section of elastic round his neck and stuck it over one eye. He placed his hand on a plastic dagger caught in his belt and tugged at Theo’s sweater. “Are you a pirate? ” guessed Theo. He nodded proudly. Theo held her playing cards in a fan and attempted to forestall her palms from trembling as all of them took turns requesting fives or jacks or sevens. Ben sprawled in Anna’s lap, gripping her playing cards. She saved burying her face in his curls. He overlooked her, like a bit prince used to homage. “Lisbeth’s taking a look at our cards,” he complained. “I can’t support it! You aren’t retaining them up! ” “They’re too big,” acknowledged Ben. The playing cards have been nearly falling out of his small arms. “Let him placed his playing cards at the ground. nobody will examine them, Ben,” acknowledged John. “I will,” acknowledged Lisbeth. “How am i able to aid it, if they’re simply mendacity there? ” “Then you’re a cheat! ” acknowledged Ben. “I am no longer! ” “Shhh! If you’re going to argue, let’s cease. Fish is dull, anyway,” acknowledged Anna. They all started making homes out of the playing cards as an alternative. John was once the easiest at balancing 4 playing cards opposed to one another, then laying one other on most sensible for a roof. Now Lisbeth was once asking Theo the place she lived. She needed to say anything. “I—uh—my mom and that i reside in Vancouver. We’re going to Victoria to go to my aunt. ” That looked as if it would fulfill them. “Do you're keen on iguanas? ” requested Ben. “I bet so,” stated Theo with shock. She wasn’t fairly convinced what an iguana used to be. a few form of lizard? “I have a major iguana. He’s this lengthy. ” He held out his palms so far as they might pass. “His name’s Mortimer. ” Lisbeth positioned her mouth just about Theo’s ear. “He doesn’t fairly have an iguana,” she whispered. “He simply pretends he does, simply because our mom and dad say he’s no longer the right age for one. ” Ben frowned at her. “Mortimer’s fierce. He’s as fierce as a—as a tyrannosaurus rex! Bingo’s frightened of him. That’s our puppy. He’s within the automobile simply because canine aren’t allowed upstairs at the ferry. ” “I have a guinea pig,” stated Lisbeth. “Her name’s Snow White and she’s going to have infants. ” “I don’t imagine she is, Lisbeth,” acknowledged John. He grinned at Anna. “You desire guinea pigs for infants. i feel she’s simply fats. ” “She’s having babies,” insisted Lisbeth. “About six or seven, i feel. All their names are going to be after the seven dwarves. Grumpy and Sleepy and Dopey and—” Anna interrupted her. “We have a cat, too. He’s referred to as Beardsley. ” “I have 16 fish,” stated John. He regarded anxious. “I desire the Mitchells remembered to return in and feed them. ” Theo’s ears and eyes couldn’t stretch big enough to take all of this in. She sat quietly in the course of the gang, feeling amazingly secure. Lisbeth’s violet-blue eyes have been her apparently.

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