TITLE: Shadow's Turn
There was a girl in Oregon who combed her long black hair over her face so you couldn't tell if she was coming or going. She wore loose black sweaters and pants. Over her mother's objection, she adopted the name Shadow the day her father disappeared.
She was sitting in the Principal's office working on a list of who was going to live and who was going to die. She'd written her own name on both lists; her intuition was vague when it came to her own fate.
Shadow was waiting for the Principal because her English teacher, Mrs. Valium (real name: Valmore), had pressed the discipline button again. One of the guards escorted her down the hall but he waited outside the door, so Shadow was alone with her folded paper and the Principal's wall decorations:
1) Two WANTED posters for known Rogue Citizens who had been seen walking on the beach to avoid the patrols.
2) Official school photos of the kids the Principal had sent to Joycamp since he took command of the school.
3) A life-size, cut-out photo of The Equal standing at a podium, arm raised to make a point.
Shadow recognized one of the Rogue Citizens. The poster identified him as David Atkins, but he went by Moose. He lived a mile deeper into the forest than Shadow did, and his friendship was worth far more than the reward.
She knew the Joycamp kids and feared she'd never see them again.
The Principal entered.