Year 1, Part One

Salem knew things would change the day she saw the huge moving van across the street. She spent all day watching it, observing the people who emerged from the back of it carrying furniture and randomly shaped boxes into the house. She hid in one of the bushes in her front yard and refused to come inside for dinner, even when her mom called her. She wanted a glimpse of the people who were moving in, and she really wanted to know if they had a daughter her age.

They didn't.

Oh well, she thought. He'll just have to do.