(Here we go.) "Thank you!" The girl nodded to the cashier and checked her bags before lifting them off the counter and walking out of the grocery store. One glance at the total on the receipt made her stomach do a little turn of anxiety; there were so many kids at the boarding house now that she couldn't really afford to keep feeding them this way. Sage Lyons released a weighty sigh and adjusted her grip on the brown paper bags, using one hand to push her short black hair behind her ears. It was getting dark now, so she walked a little faster to ensure that she got back with enough time to make the other kids' dinner before the little ones had to go to bed. Strange, she so often walked this route alone, but tonight seemed...different. Eerie, somehow.