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Mom checked my head shortly after I got home. She said I'm lucky I'm so thickheaded. Not a scratch. Darian said the fall mixed up my thoughts a bit. I asked mom if she knew why I was out. She didn't know. I never texted her. I told her I didn't have my phone on me. "Of course not. You left it on the table." Darian laughed. "It's been ringing nonstop. Aaron's been calling you all morning. What, are you late for a secret date?" Heat rose in my face. I rolled my eyes. "Don't be ridiculous. I don't know why he's calling me." "Oh, what time is it? Honey, you're going to be late for school if we don't leave soon." Mom grabbed her purse and keys frantically. A pulsing pain shot through the back of my head. My mind distinctly thought it was Winter break. How much had that fall knocked my memories around? It seemed too late in the morning for school to not have started yet. The kitchen clock read nine AM, blinking. Must be broken. My watch says the same, but it wasn't ticking either. Darian picked up his bookbag. "Don't worry, Mom. I'll drop her off on the way to the university. I have a class today in about an hour anyway." "Oh, thanks." Mom dropped her purse on the counter and returned to the living room. She was already engrossed in today's headlines before we were out the door. "Are you ready, kid?" Darian teased. "I need another jacket. This one's too light." I put on the biggest one I had, but it wasn't enough. Every part of me felt like ice. Before passing through the doorway, I flinched. That strange pain in my leg from earlier hit me again. This time, it almost felt like something was moving inside. Impossible. A strange sprain more like it. "Something wrong?" Darian held the door open for me. "No, just cold." The pain subsided again.
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