World on Fire
Supposed Crimes LLC, Falls Church, Virginia
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
All Rights Reserved Copyright 2009, 2013 Geonn Cannon
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Her first thought was that this was, at long last, the boogeyman from her closet finally come to get her. Great waves of smoke rose behind him, and he wasn't shaped like any other man she'd ever seen.
Usually, whenever she woke up during the night, she would soothe herself by looking up at the glow-in-the-dark stars and planets her daddy had stuck to the ceiling over her bed. Now the pale green constellations all seemed very distant, fuzzy, like the real stars that she could see outside. Sometimes clouds got in the way and the stars looked like they were about to burn out; that's what her personal solar system looked like now. But how could clouds have gotten into her room? Did the boogeyman bring them?
Alex blinked her eyes, which were watering, and started to sit up. The man put a thick, gloved hand on her shoulder and held her down, but somehow it wasn't scary. She stayed where she was and he said, "Hold tight, honey, we'll get you out of here. But we have to stay low, okay?"