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It was our fourth game of Risk at the Taylors’ beach house during a summer a few years ago, and a torrential storm showed no sign of letting up. Rain battered windows that had seen better times while a slight draft spread through the house. A gloomy feeling hung in the air and settled upon everyone in the cottage.
“I’m so bored! This game is getting really old!” my god sister, Su Rei, cried with frustration as I eliminated the last of her armies from the game board on the kitchen table for the third time. “I’ve got to do something else or I’ll explode!”
Six sets of eyes turned to look at her. “Can we finish the game first? I’m winning... again,” Rei’s blonde cousin, Robin, said smugly.
“You are not,” Robin’s brother bickered from his
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“No excuses,” she cut Su Rei off with a maternal glance. “I’m not sending you all home in a few days to have your parents ask me why you’re sick,” she said defensively.
“But you are my parent,” Rei grumbled. “Exactly.”
After Lindsay was sure everyone was warm, she allowed us through the door. The downpour had yet to cease, and it had created a steady stream of water trickling down the gutter, onto the driveway and beneath the car. Riley jumped into his rickety Chrysler Plymouth and unlocked the doors. Although Simon was extremely short for his age, I was the youngest and smallest of the bunch, and therefore always the final person to step into the vehicle.
As I stamped my feet, trying to keep warm, I heard a loud snort from inside, and Su Rei groaned. “Looks like we’re stuck with the worst,” she muttered to me. “Again.”
Meanwhile, I had become thoroughly sodden; the previously warm jacket I wore did not keep out the growing chill. Shivering, I ducked my head into the car and scowled.
Riley and Lindsay sat in the driver’s and passenger’s seats. Somehow, Simon had managed to squeeze between them, smirking as his guardians shifted awkwardly. The three back seats were filled by the rest: Robin and Su Rei controlled the window seats while Eric balanced precariously between them.
“I guess we should take two cars instead,” Lindsay said hesitantly. “Or I could just stay

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