Kori used to be happy. She had friends.
They lived in a junkyard, scavenging for lost toys, selling them to a local fence in exchange for food.
Holly, Emma, Ivy, Kim… Where are they now?
They had found a dollhouse. A cheap toddler dollhouse, but a dollhouse nonetheless.
They had played with it all day. It was the most fun any one of them had ever had in a long time.
Yasmine showed up to take it, of course. That night they were sad, and the next morning Kori was in the lab.
Meals appear, and Kori eats them. Workbooks appear, and Kori completes them.
There’s a TV on the wall, broadcasting children’s programs and old movies. No news stations. Nothing recent.
In the other cells, Kori can see other people. One man, one girl her age, and one empty cell.
Who are they? What is this place?
When she woke up, they shaved her head and took her picture. Her clothes were already gone.
They do tests. Kori is very good at tests. They do the chess test, where they give her a chess puzzle and tell her to solve it.
Then there’s the game test. You need two people for the game test. They play the game, and whoever wins passes the test. Kori doesn’t like to lose.
The man gets different tests. Kori wonders if she will ever have to do those tests.
Kori has learned from the girl that there are four people who work here- a scientist, a doctor, and two nurses. They make the food and hand out the books.
Kori wonders if she will ever see her friends again.