"What?" I look at this guy who looks like me and shake my head. "You must have me confused with someone else. My name's Rose." The boy sighs. " I thought you were-never mind."
" No. No, please. Who is Rosalinda?" Why does the name sound familiar? The boy glances at the other boy and sighs again. "My twin sister. She went missing when we were eleven."
"Oh. I'm sorry."
"It's fine. My name's Zac, by the way. And this-" he points to the other boy-"is Will."
"Hi." Will says and I smile. Then I blink, remembering why I came in here in the first place. "What are you guys doing here? If my mom finds out-"
"Rose?" I hear my mom shout from upstairs. "Are you okay?"
"Talk about late with it." Zac whispers to me and I smile. "Yeah, I'm okay. Just tripped."
"Are you sure?"
"Okay, just making sure that you're okay!"
"I'm fine! Good night!"
"Good night, my sweet little Rose."
I hear her close her door and I turn toward the boys. "Listen, if my mom catches you here, she'll kill you. And most likely, literally.
Zac stares at me and Will laughs. Zac and I shush him. "Then, why don't you come with us?" Zac asks, smiling.
I stare at him. "Because tomorrow's my birthday. I need the sleep." Zac squints and says "are you sure you're not my sister?"
I nod. "I don't have a sibling. At least, not anymore. But, I'll come with you for maybe three or four hours."
Did I mention I wanted to see the outdoors?
Zac smiles. "Alrighty, then. Come on." And they lead me toward the window and pull me out."
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