From the author: Waking in the hospital, Brigitte has figured out Hēi Māo's secret.
Brigitte woke to an awareness of a gentle vibration on her chest. It was warm and soothing. The room was dim, and when she opened her eyes she found Hēi Māo curled on top of her, his black fur as silky as always. When she rocked her head to the side, she saw her parents, cuddled together on a loveseat in a room that wasn't her own.
Oh, yeah. She was in the hospital. "Maman?" she said, surprised by how scratchy her throat was.
Her papa opened his eyes first. "Hey. How are you feeling?" he...