Chlorophyll implants had been a mistake. Jailbreaking them probably hadn’t helped either.
Leaves sprouted all over my body. Hair fell away like dead foliage as pink flowers started blossoming out of my skull.
When I first noticed, I was rooted to the spot.
How long before that was literally true?
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When I lifted the pin, the doll flinched. Her X eyes squinted as if she were in pain. I unceremoniously stabbed the red pin into her chest.
My heart shrivelled to a black thing in my chest.
Had the doll switched the cursed lock of hair for one of mine?
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Sarah stared at the hamster. “Mom, where’s Poppy?”
“Right there, sweetheart.” Mom hoped Sarah couldn’t tell the
difference. Old Poppy had died and she’d replaced him with a
“But it’s much smaller.”
“Maybe he’s lost weight.”
Sarah mulled it over. “Overnight? I wish Poppy could tell you his secret.”
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