~ 7 ~
I counted and readied the fifty dollars that my mother had given me to go check out the other shops around town.
I left the house and made my way into town, but before I left, I made sure to FaceTime Uncle Ebb and let him know I was leaving and when I’d be back home.
I made sure to take my mace, but I also snuck one of my mother’s pocket knives with me, tucking it into my back pocket, just in case.
I went by the pet store, the toy store, and the candy store, looking into each window as I passed them.
I crossed the next street, checking out the stores there.
I began to realize that there were only two stores on this stretch, and that the one, according to a large wooden sign hanging out front, was a library.