"When liberty returns, I will return."
Chapter 23: The Return
In the morning, Lenore awoke with an odd feeling. She knew the room she was in, with its pink curtains and crispy sheets and the bins of Barbie dolls that sat stacked in the corner. And yet, it was as if she woke up in this bed for the very first time.
She pushed back her covers and stood up, but her legs were not strong enough to hold her up, and she fell back down on the bed. Again, she stood up and forced her legs to carry her to the bathroom.
Lenore brushed her hair back into a ponytail. For a few minutes she studied herself in the mirror. The same freckled pale skin, blue-green eyes and red hair... but somehow, something was different. She found some make-up in the cabinets and applied it in hopes of making herself familiar, but it hardly helped.
As she changed into her day clothes, everything seemed to move in slow motion. She found a purple sweater and a pair of jeans, modest enough not to look like the