Chapter 0. Mostly Lost

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Lauren Ipsum had been lost in the woods all morning. The poor girl didn’t know where she was or where she was going.

It had all started with an argument. Her mother wanted her to go to summer school, and naturally Laurie didn’t want to go. “Children in other countries go to school year round,” her mom said. “We aren’t in other countries,” Laurie replied. “Extra classes are how to get ahead,” Mom said. “Summer is for having fun,” Laurie insisted. The argument went on and on and got loud near the end. To calm down, Laurie took a walk in the woods.

When people are faced with something they don’t want to do, they often do something ...

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