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It was five in the morning at Alice Home for Girls. Larissa lay awake on her lumpy cot, staring at the dark ceiling. It wasn't unusual for her to have sleeping problems at night, but she hadn't had more than a blink's worth of shut eye all night. Her eyelids were heavy and her eyes burned. She turned her head to her left where her sister, Laycie, was in a restless sleep. Tossing and turning every now and then, but fully asleep, regardless. Larissa turned her head back to the ceiling. Eyes burning more than she could handle, she closed her eyes. After a while she started to drift to sleep, though she could still hear every small sound around her.
She began to focus on every little sound she heard in her half-sleep. The tick of the clock, a random girl snoring, Laycie mumbling in her sleep, morning birds chirping... She ripped her eyes open suddenly. Morning already?
A glimpse of early morning light hit her eyes, but quickly faded back to the darkness of night. Her mind racked itself, trying to figure out what time it was. She looked at the clock: 6:30. Her eyes darted back to a window. Still dark. There should be light peeking through by now.. She stood up and pulled back the curtain and sure enough, the sky was bright. Larissa was thoroughly confused. I must be
She lay back down and drifted back to sleep.
Concerned voices woke Larissa up. She opened her tired eyes and glanced in the direction they were coming from. She could make out some of their voices.
"There must be a storm coming." One of the workers whispered.
"No need to worry, it's just cloudy." Another said a bit louder, as she clapped her hands loudly. "Time to get up!" She called out to the girls in the room. As all the girls started to wake up, the workers continued to talk.
"I just checked online, the radar is clear as can be." Somebody added surprised. One looked out of the window again.
"It's just an isolated storm." Somebody said, clearly annoyed. The conversation stopped for a minute, as they tried to wake up the girls. As Laycie woke up, Larissa gave her a look that told her to be quiet. She nodded in the direction of the workers. She went to go sit on Laycie's bed.
"I think I did something again. We need to leave." We had already talked about this, so it was no last minute decision.
Then Miss Janice joined in the conversation, "I think those girls
are up to something funny again." She hissed.
"Two little girls made a storm come? Yeah right Janice." One responded quickly.