Chapter 26

Chapter 26: Maddie

Bella looks funny.

There’s something on her back, something that doesn’t belong. It’s a box, and it’s held in place by three stripes of black tape that circle over the box and under Bella’s belly. Bella must hate that. Maddie wants to pull it right off.

But Sadina says don’t.

Maddie is sitting on the floor with her back up against her bed. Bella is on her lap, and Sadina is kneeling beside the bed with one hand on Maddie’s arm, as if she expects Maddie to run away.