Fact # 1: Her Name
The first fact on Alex’s list was easy … her name. Kaylee Cooper.
Does she have a middle name? he wondered. Is it important that I find this out?
Fact # 2: Kaylee’s Family
As far as Alex knew, she didn’t have any siblings at the school, and she seemed to always disappear once the bell rang at the end of the day. Alex assumed she walked to school or was picked up by her parents.
Fact # 3: Kaylee follows Alex everywhere
It was the most obvious point to add to his list. She was everywhere. Kaylee could not leave Alex alone; he never had a moment to himself. At first, Alex noticed her hiding behind trees outside at recess. Other times, she would peer through the crowd of kids in the school hallway. The memory alone was kinda creepy. He thought back to one of his earlier conversations with her.
“Hey, are you following me?” he’d asked as she trailed behind him in a busy hallway at school.
Kaylee stood still, her eyes wide.
“Um, can I help you with something?” He had places to go and people to see.
Kaylee remained frozen. Her little mouth slowly opened. However, nothing came out.
Kaylee covered her eyes and giggled to herself.
“Okay, I’m going to walk away now. Hello? Earth to little girl.”
Before Alex could walk away, Kaylee quickly turned around and raced down the hall, disappearing through the endless crowd of children.
“Weird,” Alex remembered muttering to himself.
At the time, Alex hadn’t thought much of it. Maybe she had a crush on him. Maybe she wanted to apologize for tripping him in the cafeteria. Whatever it was, it was easily the most important fact to put on his list.
Or was it?
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