“Listen,” Rose said when Heniretta came back. Her voice softened. “My parents are, um, out of town and I was just hungry. I saw your light and was afraid to ask. Thank you for being so nice.”
Emma wondered why Rose’s behavior changed so quickly. “Why don’t we walk you home,” she offered. The kids stood and thanked Heniretta for breakfast and for helping Rose.
“Let’s go, Aspen,” Max encouraged the pup who was lounging in the corner.
“You guys come back and see me anytime.” Heniretta locked the door to the shop after they left.
Brody, Emma, Max, and Aspen followed Rose down Pandora Street then on to Gem Street. “Where do you live,” Max asked.
“Just a little ways away,” Rose said. After several blocks, they turned onto Morilla Street, which led to another turn at Agate Street. Emma felt like they were walking a long way around town when Brody interrupted her thoughts.
“Rose, wait a minute. We are walking in circles,” Brody said. “Agate Street goes back to the bakery on Pandora Street.”
“Do you really live here?” Max asked.
“Sure I do. I just don’t want to go home,” Rose said. “It’s boring there. What are you guys doing today?” Emma, Brody, and Max looked from one to another.
What do we tell her? That we are time traveling and need to get a sample of a Black Opal to save a mineral collection that won’t exist for almost one hundred years, Emma thought. She shook her head. Nope.
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