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The Wonderful Adventures of Sophia Hess, Babysitter Extraordinaire

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In the white plastic tent Sophia pries Eddie out of Velocity’s arms, and holds him tight.

(There was a Thing with her face in the house that wasn’t hers. There was a Thing with her face in the house that wasn’t hers, and Sophia can’t stop thinking about it, or Eddie, or how close she came to dying tonight, how close she came to have her body warp and melt and become one of them.)

Sophia holds Eddie as tight as she can.

Someone is telling her it’s alright, it’s fine, it’s over, she’s safe now, it’s all going to be all right, she’s safe, it’s over, she’s back.

She’s not sure she believes it.

(There was a Thing with her face in the house that wasn’t hers.)

They make her take showers full of chemicals, and wait for days in strange locked rooms, and strange people ask her questions through walls and interphones, and the whole time, she refuses to let Eddie out of her sight.

It’s over. She’s home.

She can’t quite believe it.