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Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno

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Chapter 1. A Hidden Ally

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“That wasn’t too bad,” Laurie said to herself, as she reached the Mile One sign. “A mile sounds like a long way to walk, but it’s easier if you break it into pieces.” She remembered that in Hamilton there are eight blocks to a mile, so she made herself think about walking one block at a time.

Oh, look, another one,” said a voice.

“Hello?” Laurie spun around, but there wasn’t much to see: some fields of odd-looking crops, an empty road, and the sign.

She’s kind of short, isn’t she?

That’s when she noticed a tiny lizard clinging to the sign. It had the oddest coloring: where the sign was green, the lizard was reddish; where ...

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