GENRE: YA Science Fiction
Violet paced under the transparent ceiling, wishing the sun would sink faster. She squinted, looking up. If only a cloud would block the sun for once. But the sky was always a painful bright blue.
It wouldn’t be long. Thirty-five minutes and 42 seconds and counting until it cooled enough before they could go. She untied the knot of purple hair on top of her head and retied it. She had tested the invention so many times; she had filled a whole notebook with the results. But she still was nervous. This was the first time she was going to climb the Globe. On the outside.
Her mother’s voice filled the bedroom.
Violet ran out the door and down the hall to the double spiral staircase. Her mother had created the stairs to look like the DNA double helix.
She was waiting for Violet near a silver bookcase in her lab.
“Do you want to go in the Agri-Dome for one more practice run?” she asked.
She opened the glass-paned cabinet door, revealing dozens of books and looked at her with one eyebrow raised.
“No, I’m ready,” Violet said.
Her mother closed the cabinet door and then smoothed her white lab coat.
“Let’s begin,” she said in an official tone. “What is the question that created the invention?”
Violet took a deep breath and wiped her sweaty palms on her lab coat that had a purple jellyfish pattern all over.