12-02-04| 5:52 am

There are hours left in the day but instantly the girl knows that her fate is sealed. She believes in premonitions, if only because she knows when bad things are going to happen to her. This feeling is powerful and achingly familiar; she spends the rest of the night wishing for ignorance and when the bad things happen she feigns surprise and disappointment. Nobody can tell she is pretending.

Events careen from bad to worse: when the girl goes to sleep, she tells herself none of this really happened.