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- Author:Kate Alice Marshall
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Eleanor Barton had just asked her aunt to pass the marshmallows when
a fairy tale walked across the back lawn.
Eleanor froze, staring out the kitchen window at the tall, dark-haired
woman as she lifted her hands, motes of light drifting around her like stars.
There was a moment of perfect stillness, and then she began to weave the
moonlight around her in a flowing dance.
This was, Eleanor thought, extremely inconvenient.
“Something wrong?” Eleanor’s aunt, Jenny, asked with a troubled little
frown, mini marshmallow bag still extended.
Jenny and her husband, Ben, were not exactly aware that for the past
several days a woman out of a fairy tale had been staying in their house.
Not just any woman: the girl with backward hands, heroine of a number of
the stories in Thirteen Tales of the Gray. Her name was Wander, which was
all she’d managed to tell Eleanor and her friends before she declared herself
“weary” and fell asleep.
For four solid days.
“Nothing’s wrong,” Eleanor said quickly. Luckily, Aunt Jenny and Uncle
Ben were sitting with their backs to the kitchen window, but Naomi,
Eleanor’s seven-month-old cousin, giggled madly, pudgy hands stretched
toward the window.
At least this meant Wander was awake.
“You can talk to us, you know,” Ben said. “I realize we’re totally uncool
adults, but we’re pretty smart.”
Jenny and Ben had been trying to turn Hot Cocoa Night into Tell Us
Your Problems Night for months, but Eleanor couldn’t exactly break it to
them that her problems were less “homework is hard” and more “immortal
bad guys are trying to capture me and my friends so they can get home to
their freaky evil world.”
“Everything is fine,” Eleanor assured them, just as Jack, her father,
strode across the lawn. He gestured frantically at Wander.
Wander dropped her hands, and the moonlight trailed to the ground with
a sound like a violin bow sighing across the strings. Jenny started to turn to
see what had made the noise.
In a second Jenny was going to see Wander. And while most people
couldn’t see magical things properly, or remember them once they had, that
forgetfulness came at a price. Just this past spring, mud monsters had
attacked the house and kidnapped Ben. Afterward, Jenny had migraines for
over a month, and Ben still woke up with nightmares—even though they
didn’t remember any of it.
Eleanor thought frantically. She needed to distract them. “How do you
know if you like someone?” she blurted out.
Jenny’s head whipped back around. “Do you have a crush, Ellie-Belly?”
“You haven’t called me that since I was four,” Eleanor complained,
cheeks turning red-hot. “And no. Or maybe? I don’t know.” It had just been
the first thing she could think of. She didn’t have time for crushes. For
feelings of any kind, really, other than dread and anticipation over what the
People Who Look Away would try next to snatch up her and her friends.
“Who is he? Or she? They?” Ben asked. His eyes narrowed. “What are
their future prospects, career-wise? Can they pass a background check? Can
they change a tire?”
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