As the Sombulant wears off, the first thing I see as I wake are impossibly large trees with reddish-brown bark the color of cinnamon—Sequoias, I think.I…
I suppose I thought Mirai would do whatever it is that AI’s do and magically announce she had found Noah, but it doesn’t work out that way. After a few…
I sit down at the desk and put on the learning glasses. They darken and immediately switch into virtual reality mode. I’m sitting in the middle row of a…
I’m lying on my bed a few hours later when there’s a knock on the door. Figuring it’s Noah back to apologize, I ignore him, but he’s persistent and…
The man from Child Services leaves, and I follow the woman through the second set of doors and down a corridor ending at a bank of elevators. While we…
When we get off the elevator, Kamila warns Noah and me one last time to keep the door open, then she goes to her room. “Where do you want to study…
Music wakes me. No, not music, something else; a melodic blend of different sounds: rain falling on a tin roof, waves washing up on the beach, wind…
The car ride to foster care takes me through a city I don’t recognize. San Francisco has changed. The cable cars are gone, and the office buildings…
I’m lying on my bed a few hours later when there’s a knock on the door. Figuring it’s Noah back to apologize, I ignore him, but he’s persistent and…
“Fumie…wake up. It is time for you to get out of bed,” Mirai says, deactivating the smartglass and turning my bedroom windows fully transparent. Even…
I wake in my own bed, disoriented and groggy from Sombulant. The memories of what happened after I passed out in the full-sim chamber sit on the edge of…
In my dream, the knocking I hear is my mother pounding on my bedroom door telling me to wake up. She says I’m going to be late, that I won’t have time…