a cure for the common block

Redefinition (Offspring Pt. II)

The summer of Nova’s 12th birthday brought many changes. Nova grew more mature, gained new admirers but she still only found time for swimming; thankfully, most of her friends were other swimmers. A change the Prestons never thought they’d see was in Nova’s appetite. The former house plant that barely needed sunlight and a mist of water became a shark with a bottomless pit in place of a stomach. They chalked it up to needing the energy to keep up her championship pace, because the food didn’t appear to go anywhere else. The family carved out two weeks of vacation to spend at their cottage on a nearby lake, and the first thing Nova did was run into the water. It was also the last thing that she did that summer. The search for her missing body went on for three months until a woman appearing to be in her twenties knocked on the Preston’s door and introduced herself as Nova.

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