Chapter 4

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“So when do the girls get off work?”

“Not sure. Sometime this afternoon I think. Maybe 4ish?”

“Ok.”

“We can go do some more research if you want. You know, until we can go pick up the girls.”

“If its ok. Can we just wait here? I have had a long couple of days. I am kinda enjoying a nice visit to the park.”

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“Of course what ever you like. Jujube ordered me to keep you entertained until then. So you are kinda under my watch I guess. Not that she had to force me… I like hanging out with you.”

“Aww Jordie you are just too sweet.”

“Well its true.”

“Hehe…”

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We were up and out of the house by almost 6:30 am and as we walked to the Sweet Treats store, I had to chuckle at the girls. Their work uniforms were so funny! They looked like “Hotdog on a Stick” uniforms from back home, only instead of yellow, blue and red, they were teal, lavender and lime green.

Afterward Jordie and I had made our way to the skittles park. We found a nice little spot near the pond and took a seat. I was growing more worried that we were never going to figure out how to get me home, and the thought was wearing me out. Home sickness was starting to set in. I was just on the verge of crying most of the time. Jordie was doing his best to keep me company, but it was obvious my mind was else where. He was so incredibly nice. I could see why Taffy liked him so much. She had not exactly admitted that fact to me, but it was so absurdly obvious, once you were around them for more than 2 minutes. I have no idea how he didn’t see it.

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“You are a really special girl. I don’t think I have ever known anyone quite like you.”

“Well of course not…”

Uh oh.. I knew where this conversation was going. I  started wracking my brain trying to think of something I could say to derail this love train.

“Chloe I th-”

“Man Jord I am sooooo hungry! You know what sounds so good right now? Ice cream! I bet your guys ice cream is the sweetest of the sweet!” Yup ice cream would totally hit the spot right now.”

“Ice cream? Hmmm… Wait here! I’ll run over to the Neapolitan dragon! They have the best in town, don’t leave ok?!”

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Faster than I had ever seen anyone move in my life, Jordie was up and half way down the street. I called after him. “Ok! Not like I can go anywhere! Oh!! And I like Chocolate!”

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Content with my aversion, I smiled to myself as I watched him sprint out of site. Silly Boy…

If only I had known what storm was brewing, I may have opted to take the love confession instead. Unfortunately for me I didn’t. So Unbeknownst to me, while I was waiting for Jordie to return, a strange man was heading my direction.

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“Hello my dear.”

“Uhh, Hello.”

“Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Professor Bitters.

“Chloe.”

“My that is an unusual name. How ever did your parents come up with it?”

“I uhhh… don’t know. I never knew my parents.”

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“Oh goodness. I am terribly sorry.”

“It’s alright.”

“Well listen Chloe my dear, there are rumors going around about you. Did you know that?”

“About me?”

“Why yes. There is talk that you are not from Sugar Valley at all. In fact some say you may come from a whole other world entirely. Now how strange is that?”

“Extremely.”

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With those words, I started to get a really nasty feeling in my stomach. Suddenly I felt unsafe and as I looked around, the park was now completely empty. I knew I needed to get out of there fast. “Well it was wonderful chatting with you, but I really must be going. I am meeting with a friend and he is probably wondering where I am. Good day sir.”

With that I  quickly started to walk out of the park.

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“I was afraid you were going to make this difficult for me. The only place you are going…is with me.”

Suddenly the creepy man was closer than I realized. Before I could react he grabbed me and everything went black.

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“Hey Chloe! I’m back! Would you beleive it! Neapolitan dragon doesn’t open for another 2 hours!”

“Chloe? Where did you go?”

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“Chloe?”

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I have no idea how long I was out, but when I did finally come to, the room was very dark. All i could see was a now all to familiar apron worn by the evil Professor Bitters. I tried to move, but ended up hurting my wrists in the process. “Ow!”

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“Ah good you’re awake.”

“Whh— where Am I?”

“My dear child that is not important.”

“Please let me go! I just want to go home!”

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“Home!? Haha! My dear you are never going to see your home again. You are too important for that. Whether you admit it or not, I know as well as those stupid kids that you are not a Sweetian. And now that I have you, I am going to find out what makes you tick. Mwahahahahahaha!”

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“No!”

“Mwahahahahahaha!”

Chapter 3

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“Did you try Google?”

“Google? What is a Google?”

“Ughh this is too much.” I replied as I rubbed my temples. Where the heck did I land?? They didn’t know what Simerica was and now Google! “Ok..what do you call your web browser?”

“Oh Sweet Crawler?”

“Right…”

“Well I looked and there was nothing. Are you sure its called Sim-Mer-IKA?”

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“Yes! Of course I know where I live. I was born and raised there!”

Taffy put her hand on my shoulder, trying to calm me down. “Its ok Chlo we will find it. Jordie is the smartest guy I know. If anyone can find it he can.”

“You’re right. I’m sorry.” I took another deep breath and tried to relax. I looked around the grand library, hoping something would jump out at me. Nothing ever did. “Don’t they have a globe here or something?”

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“Chlo maybe we should go sit down for a little while and let Jordie keep looking.”

“Oh No Taffy! Don’t look now. Its Vicky.”

Suddenly a small girl who didn’t look like she could have been older than ten started our direction. She had a very inquisitive look on her face as she made her approach. Just as she got to us, she stood up on her tip toes and tapped Taffy on the shoulder. Taffy cringed and then turned to look at the young child.

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“Oh hey Vic…”

“Whats up Losers?” She then turned her attention to me. “Who the berry is that?”

“Hey there. I’m…Chloe.”

“Vic why don’t you just run along like a good girl.”

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“Ive never seen you before. Where did you come from?”

I stood in shock staring at the girl before me. She looked like she was ten, but she acted and sounded like she was thirty.

“You hair looks fake. Is that hair dye? Its a really bad job. You should definitely fire your stylist.”

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This girl was quickly getting on my nerves. I shifted my weight and bit my lower lip. It wouldn’t be proper for me to yell at a child. I calculated my response carefully. “Well…I just felt like a change. I guess I will talk to my ‘stylist’ to see if she can do a better job next time.”

“Don’t patronize me Sugar Lips. It will be the biggest mistake you will ever make.”

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“Why you little….”

My rage started to rise. I stepped forward, but Taffy placed her arm in front of me. “Relax Chlo, I will take care of this.”

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“Oooo look at me. I’m Victoria Bitters, I know everything and you know nothing! And I think its my job to make sure everyone knows it” She mocked in the most hilarious tone I had ever heard. I tried to stifle my laugh, but it was too funny for words! I giggled and then covered my face. *Ahem*

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“You know what! You just made my list! You will rue the day you crossed me! You hear that!”

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As she walked away, we couldn’t keep our straight faces any more. We all busted up into laughter. We watched her walk around the corner, the best that we could with the tears in our eyes from laughing. “Taffy you are so bad!”

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“Ya you think you’re so funny…just wait. Then we will see who’s laughing.”

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*Tinker  Tinker* * Tap Tap*

“Hey dad.”

“Vic…Can’t you see that I’m busy. What did I say about THAT word.”

“Oh right… Sorry Victor.”

“Much better. Now what did you want? It better be good. I am extremely busy.”

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“There was this weird girl in the library. Something tells me she is not from here.”

“Oh? What makes you think that?”

“Well I don’t know exactly, but they all looked like they were up to something. Real suspicious like.”

“Hmmm Interesting. The library you say?”

“Ya I just came from there. The Pomegranate boy was researching something on the computer. Sounds like the girl is lost or something.”

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“Well my dear maybe you are good for something after all. Lets see what we can find shall we?”

The professor turned to his monitor and flipped it on.

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“I’m so sorry Chloe there is nothing anywhere about this Simerica place. I searched through link after link in the Sweet Crawler and there is nothing! Its so strange. I swear its like you are from a different plane of existence or something.”

“What am I gonna do? Am I stuck here forever?”

“No…we will keep looking. Maybe we can try to find Taffy’s fortuneteller. I mean its worth a shot right? Right Jord?”

“Ya. Sure. I mean if you came from another time and place, why couldn’t there be a fortuneteller out there somewhere.”

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“Interesting. This may be just what I have been looking for.”

“Did I do good Dadd- I mean Victor?”

“Better than nothing I suppose. Uhh…Thanks.”

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“I think its time for me to pay a little visit to this Chloe.” * Mwahahahahahah*