I tighten my grip on the backpack and push my way through the double doors into the library. I’d
shout “Sanctuary!” if I didn’t think everyone would notice. Being noticed is something I try to avoid. I
it’s not that I don’t like people. It’s more that when people inch their way into my life, someone always
I shake the hair out of my eyes and move toward the rear. I know I’ll find what I’m looking for.
I always do. Kate leans against the Romance shelf with a book in her hand. She’s supposed to be
re-shelving. It’s her job as the 5th period aid, but she’d rather read than work. Just another thing
that makes us so different.
“Kate, you need to take this from me,” I say as I hand her the backpack. Her eyes flicker just
for an instant before she aims those green accusations at me.
“Not again, Ben. You promised.”
It had been three years since I’d found trouble. Three years since we’d had to run, lie and cheat just
to stay alive. No wonder my sister was angry.