I am ready for my new life, Anita told her mom. I can safely say that now. I am really ready.

Her mother wrapped her arms around her, so that Anita wouldn’t see the tears. I am so proud of you for going through with this. You’re going to have a wonderful life. In Anita’s hand, clumped up, was the brochure that started it all. The yellow sun in the picture smiled at her just as alluringly as it had upon that first look.