“He’ll try again,” I added. I sat down on the last step. My boots were still wet from the woods. “And I don’t know what other things he’ll try.”

“Well, isn’t there like a button you can press to end the whole thing? I mean, at the lab everything is computers,” Donny said. “Myra would probably know.”

She pulled out her phone from her back pocket.

“What are you doing?” I asked, looking up.

“Texting Myra,” she answered.  I looked back down at the floor. Someone had to end the Double Effect, for obvious reasons and because I was getting irritated with it. Myra might know how do it. I knew the Scientist would. But then of course, if his double was here trying to end it, wouldn’t the real Scientist be doing the same in the double house? And if the Scientists would be doing the same, then there isn’t a button you can press, otherwise they wouldn’t have tried to throw Donny out the window.
Oh, this is getting a lot more complicated.

“Did she text back?” I asked. I hoped we could at least get word from Myra.

“It’s still sending,” she answered. Crows are probably interfering with the signal, I thought, we’re never going to get one down here.

“I suppose we could go look for her,” Donny suggested, pocketing her phone. But as soon as she did it buzzed and she took it out again.

“Uh…Myra says we should stay in the basement,” she said. She made a face. I sat up.

“Why?” I asked. Myra had probably just told us that because of the crows. But it didn’t feel like that was all.

I heard Donny’s fingers across across her phone. We waited for an answer.

We waited a bit longer. Crows beat at the door. I crossed my legs and closed my eyes for a  moment.

“She’s not answering,” Donny said. She texted her again and we waited some more.

I uncrossed my legs. Now I was getting antsy. I should just go up there, crows or no crows.

But I waited a bit longer. Donny sighed and put her phone in her pocket. She took a few steps up and paused.

“Well, want to take a chance?” she asked. “I mean there’s a lot of people in house, we’re bound to find someone.”

Myra says we should stay in the basement. Basement, not just inside the house.

“Yeah, um, I’ll go up,” I said. I took a moment before I stood up. “You might want to stay down.”

“I don’t want to stay down in a dark basement all by myself!” She said back. She started up the stairs and I ran after her.

She put her hand on the doorknob. I grabbed it, stopping her from opening it.

I listened. The crows weren’t beating on the door anymore, but I could still hear them flying through the halls. Cawing.

“Are you ready?” I asked. I could only see the outline of her face in the dark.


I opened the door. We ran out into the hall. And immediately the crows saw us again.

“She texted back!” Donny exclaimed. The crows darted at us. I grabbed her and threw her and myself into the nearest room. I slammed the door just in time. One crows slipped through.

It flew at the door. Cawing, scratching at it. It seemed occupied for the moment. The others cawed and scratched on the outside.

We were in a small sitting room. And outside the windows it was dark with crows and trees.

“What did she say?” I asked.

“They – Central has denied their request to end it.”

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