Our story begins with a small child sitting all alone in a quiet hallway waiting for his mother to emerge from behind the closed doors that she had gone through quite some time ago. He had nothing to entertain himself with but a small stuffed toy that he had had for as long as he could remember. He wondered what was taking her so long, he didn't know how much longer he could stay sitting in one spot. The sound of the door finally opening filled him excitement as he quickly leaped off the chair and rushed to her side.
He reached for her hand, but she quickly pulled it away, her action confused the small boy because she always made sure she had ahold of his hand when she was ready to leave.
"Mom?" he questioned tilting his head to one side.
His mother stopped hanging her head without looking back and said "You have to stay here now Sam."
This only confused the young boy even more "But I don't want to stay here," he quickly replied still reaching out his hand towards her "I want to go with you."
"You can't," his mother replied as she started walking towards the exit again leaving him behind.
The small boy started following his mother but only got about halfway when a he felt someone grab him by the shoulder stopping him in his tracks. He looked up to see a tall woman standing over him with an expressionless look on her face. Sam watched as his mother walked further and further away from him until she got to the door then without even a quick glance, she opened it and was gone. Sam wanted to run after her, but the tall woman had really tightened her grip on him now.
Almost a week had passed since Sam's mother had left in this awful place and still hadn't made a single friend, even though there were plenty of other children there. He sat alone in the dining room as far away from the others as possible, but it was not by his choice. In fact, he wished he was sitting with them, but whenever he tried to sit with them, they would get up and leave him all alone. Then earlier when he tried to introduce himself to a boy who went by the name Tiny Tobias which was weird because he not tiny at all but in fact the complete opposite. Tobias had Sam's little stuffed toy and Sam trying to be friendly thought that he let Tobias know that he was okay sharing his toy with him. The smaller boy walked over to the larger boy with a big smile on his face, Sam stopped next to the bigger boy knowing that introductions were the very first thing in a friendship. So, extending his hand out to the bigger child he started off by saying "I am Sam…Sam I…" but he was quickly cut off by a sharp pain to his soft belly knocking the wind right out of him. Tobias stared down at the smaller boy with his one hand still balled into a tight fist "LEAVE ME ALONE!" he growled before taking the small toy ripping it apart and tossing it to the ground.
Sam reached out taking his ripped up toy in his hands, feeling a great amount of sadness knowing one of his favorite things had been destroyed for no reason other than him trying to be friendly. After lunch all of the children gathered in the common room where once a week, they were allowed to take all their blankets and pillows and make a giant fort in which they would take a nap under.
Already knowing that the others would not want him around Sam began laying out his blanket and pillow off in a distant corner "Hey Sam!" one of the kids called waving at him "Wanna help!"
A wide smile spread across his face as he quickly grabbed his blanket and pillow to add to the fort. Once it was all finished all the kids stepped back to admire their hard work. Sam watched as each kid entered the giant fort one at a time until it was his turn, he carefully pulled the blanket door open as to be carful not to cause it to fall. Just as he was about to enter, he was stopped by one of the kids "Sorry not enough room," the kid said as he blocked the way.
As Sam looked past the boy, he could see several open spots that he could fit "But I barely take up much room at all," he tried pointing out because of his smaller size he knew he would easily fit.
But the boy refused to move "NO!" he snapped "NOW GO AWAY SAM I AM!"
Sam felt his heart sink as the boy closed the blanket door in his face, he slowly got to his feet and made his way back over to the corner in the room. Sitting down on the hard ground he looked back at the for wishing he could be part of whatever they were doing but instead they seemed like they wanted nothing to do with him. He let a out a sigh as he laid on the ground bringing his arms up to use as a makeshift pillow. Uncomfortable as it was it still it didn't fake him very long to fall asleep.
Meanwhile back in the fort one of the other children felt bad because of the way Terrance had treated Sam just to get an extra blanket and pillow. She waited until everyone was fast asleep before she quickly grabbed a loose blanket and walked over to the shivering boy in the corner, a tiny smile appeared on her face as she carefully placed the blanket over him before returning back to the fort…..