TITLE: The Bridge Maker
GENRE: MG Fantasy
While her mother rambled about staying home alone, followed by something weird about working late, Linh imagined herself laughing with fairies.
“Are you listening to me?” asked her mom.
Linh bit her lip. Both she and her mother were sitting on a couch in the living room, still in their nightgowns. Linh looked around. No fairies. Oops.
Linh panicked and could only say, “Uhhh…”
“You’ve been daydreaming again.” Her mother shook her head. “I have to leave for work now.”
Linh grabbed her mom’s arm. “No, don’t leave!”
Her mother sighed. “I’ll be back from the restaurant in a few hours. I put pho on the dining table for you to heat up in the microwave for dinner.”
She kissed Linh on her forehead and soon left the house. The front door clicked shut. Linh swallowed and looked at her feet. She was tired of being home alone all the time.
Eeek! Eeek! Strange sounds came from the walls.
Probably mice. No surprise there. Linh had grown used to hearing those horrible little rodents scuttling inside the clogged drainpipes at school.
Maybe they had come here. Her house had a clogged drain. She shrugged and fiddled with the phoenix talisman on a golden chain around her neck, given to her by her father. That was eight years ago when she was three.
It was the only thing she had left of him. Other memories had left her.
Bam, bam, bam. Thumps echoed through the same walls.
She jerked upright.