“Trying to be cool feels exhausting,” Linny sighed. Tight braids seamed her head, pulling her hair.
Oof liked it that way: a secret life. they didn’t have long, mushrooms, so why shouldn’t they live happily? Three days ago it had rained. A real downpour, the elder Ooaf said, nodding sagely on a gummy stem.
Do you know how Sir Nice got his name? Once his name was something far more dull, like Dale, or Jerry, or your name. Once he wasn’t even a knight, just a small boy who helped when he was needed.
Gemma blurted, “Why does she hurt me if she likes me?”
When Mom finally realized he was serious and his need to carve wasn’t going away, she sat Will down with a laptop. “Watch this video,” she told him, and started YouTube. The video taught knife safety: ways to cut deeply or slice more shallowly without catching the edge in his skin.