From the author: Something goes horribly wrong.
Brigitte lived five blocks from school, and lunch at home had been her family's preferred pattern since her final year of école élémentaire. Sometimes she went to Aalia's or Ruhul's, or the three of them went to a cafe or food cart, but for this first week, she wanted to spend her lunchtime with just Hēi Māo. She was used to all the craziness involved with going to school, but he wasn't. She'd read and heard that the sounds, smells, crowd and schedule could all be stressful to a new familiar,...