After finding out Mallory stole cookies, Mr. Henry, their abusive caretaker, gets angry. While Mallory is hiding, Rider tells her to be quiet, and then goes to face him.
Don't make a sound
WHERE ARE YOU
As she hides, she hears Rider hitting the ground and she screams silently. Staying quiet as always
Then as Rider is thrown outside into the snow, Mallory works up the courage and goes to help.
As Mallory enters the room she realizes, in horror, that Mr. Henry has ruthlessly thrown her only doll into the fire. Desperate to save it, she reaches into the fire without thinking, and then blacks out.
4 years later
I can't believe it's already been 4 years. Since I've seen Rider, Sine I've attended a public school, since I was taken in by Carl and Rosa, since I met my best friend Ainsley. Times do change.
As the last and most dreaded class of the day arrives, speech class, Mallory can't help but stare at this boy who just walked in. While trying to place his face, she realizes that it is Rider. As he looks at her, he recognizes her too.