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IYGAOAC Chapter Four
Please note: This chapter contains some moderate swearing in English and Greek, as well as Otto losing his temper in a very, shall we say, messy fashion. Nothing particularly explicit, so this won't be under a mature filter, but still not recommended for those under fifteen. Rated for violence, language, and dealing with child abuse.
Chapter 4: Enter the Faerie
Mouse looked up at the dark sky, flinching back from the thunder and lightning of the afternoon storm. The heat of the summer had finally begun to dissipate in September, but they had been having some terrible storms. She slid back the board that would grant her access to the warehouse, and slipped inside, as the wind whipped through her.
The child was already drenched, her mismatching clothing sticking to her skin. The effect made her seem even smaller than usual. Fingerprint bruising could be seen up and down her thin arms, and there were more hidden under her clothing. A dark bruise ran along the upper part of h
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A hot August sun was slowly baking New York City into oblivion. Mouse trudged into the warehouse, sticky sweat clinging to her. Her fair skin was red, especially on the back of her neck and arms. The bag felt extra heavy today, and she dropped it on the floor on her way to the sink in the corner. Pulling an empty bottle from her bag, Mouse filled it with brown water that came from the rust-covered spigot. She gulped it down, despite the fact that it would probably make her sick again. But it was wet, and not too warm, and at the moment, that was all she needed.
It had been a long day. Moving over to her spot, Mouse practically collapsed on the floor, laying on her side. Her breathing was a little strained. It was Wednesday, and on Wednesdays she made the extra hike up past the parish to the old supermarket. They threw their milk out in the mornings, and Mouse knew that if she got there early enough, she could get a small container, still cold.
This morning, she had managed to
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Trembling a little at the loud thunder, Mouse crawled into the warehouse and shook rain water from her hair. Like most days, she'd brought a little something extra for Otto. Today, she moved silently to the desk that he had set up, and placed an orange near his elbow. It had been a good day. Any day she could sneak a piece of fruit past Mr. Marsalla was a good day.
So despite the fact that last night had been bad, and there were fresh bruises on her arms and she was tired and sore...she tried to look at the good. The rain was relieving some of the day's heat, and she had an apple. It was a good day.
Otto had spent the days after Mouse's first few visits in a state of constant tension, expecting any moment to hear sirens diverging on this spot in an announcement that he'd been duped by a little girl. But Mouse came and went, and the police never did. He slowly began to relax and set about rigging up a makeshift lab and living space.
He and the actuators were busy piling old cr
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Once upon a time, when she had been a girl, her gran had called her their Maggie Mouse. It had been a fun nickname, pulled from a favorite children's book and sticking because of her small stature. Mommy would laugh and made her a headband with little mouse ears on it, and tease her about wanting all the cookies in the house.
Later, when her gran had died and mommy stopped paying attention and the bad men moved into the house, her name had been dropped, and she simply became Mouse. Now the nickname stuck for various reasonsshe was quiet, she was usually out of sight, and she could get into most anyplace without being seen. And Devon seemed to think that she was about as worthless as your typical rodent.
In the last three and a half years of her life, Mouse had learned a number of traits that had helped her to survive. Entering a building or room through a passage no one would watch was essential. After all, if they didn't know you were there, they couldn't look for you.
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