One learns not to hear certain sounds or smell certain smells. Dasani was hitting the age when girls prove their worth through fighting. Their tax refunds can bring several thousand dollars, which could be enough to put down a rent deposit and leave the shelter.
It never works. For Dasani and her siblings, to act like rambunctious children is to risk a beating. Dress fly. Dasani scans for clues like the F. He refuses to give Chanel cash for laundry.
Her expression veers from wonder to mischief. She has been assigned to lead one-on-one counseling sessions with Dasani. Since the start of the school year, Dasani has already missed a week of class and arrived late 13 times.
Miss Hester is also watching Dasani. Hand-washed clothes line the guards on the windows, which are shaded by gray wool blankets strung from the ceiling.