They had dinner; they slept. The mall didn’t have enough beds in the relaxation center for all of them, but it did have a Bedding and More store, and they laid out row after row of blankets and comforters and pillows and sleeping bags until the whole hallway was a giant featherbed. They showered and they changed and, when they were done, they looked more like a group of themselves than they had since Abseil and Liv had first stepped into the mall.
And then, after cleaning up all that mess and having breakfast, Abseil asked the mall: “Will you tell us how to get home?”
There was silence, all of them holding their breaths. And then, finally: “THE ANSWER IS IN THE DOORWAY WHICH HAS NO STORE TO THE LEFT OF IT. FROM THERE, YOU MAY FIND YOUR WAY HOME.” Continue reading