Coralin Begins, Chapter 1Each step through the long corridor had felt like a mile, as was usually the case when duty dragged Coralin to her father's study. But today, each step felt like pulling an anvil in front of her.
Coralin closed her eyes. She tried to remember every argument she had conjured up in her brain. It was hard to focus. A thousand scenarios played in her mind, over and over again. What if he said "no"? What if he would be mad? Worse still... what if he reluctantly said yes only to give her that sad look? Then this whole thing would come crashing down, since her conscience would most likely kill her if she went through anyway. She let out a heavy and troubled sigh. She would probably dissapoint everyone with this decision. But it was time. No more running from her dreams. The young woman-child fiddled her scarf nervously.
"This is ridiculous. I am ridiculous. Just walk in, you silly girl. Tell him! You are a grown up!" her internal voice screamed. She didn't use to be like this. That