One morning, Katherine Carpenter awoke to find that all of her hair had fallen out. On her red cotton pillowcase were piles and piles of hair—so much hair! She stroked it with one finger, marveling.
At school, Katherine sat down calmly in her seat. The muttering and pointing did not faze her; although curious about the disappearance of her hair, Katherine was not afraid. She was sure that things happened for a reason.
In the back of the room, Trevor Mahoney, who did not even know Katherine’s name, stared at her glowing blueish-white scalp. His heart beat inexplicably fast.