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It is a beautiful day. Will and Jim lean out their windows to chat, and Will asks if last night was real.
Four minutes later, the two boys are tearing out of town. Yep – the carnival is real.
Will notes that it looks like a regular old, normal carnival. But Jim is disbelieving. He wants to go look around.
As the two boys plunge into the thick of the carnival, they can find no traces of last night's sinister characters and shapes. Everything just looks normal.
Miss Foley, their seventh-grade schoolteacher, comes forward to greet the boys. She tells them she loves carnivals but cannot find her nephew Robert. She is somewhere in her fifties.
She offers them some food and tells them she is going to the Mirror Maze.
Will advises against it but cannot articulate himself convincingly, ad Miss Foley "vanishe[s] into the mirror ocean."
Will tells Jim that the Mirror Maze is the only part of the carnival that looks as ominous as everything else did last night.
Jim is silent for a while and then exclaims that his hair really is standing on the back of his neck.
Will is experiencing the same sensation.
The two boys spy several versions of Miss Foley in the Mirror Maze and, unsure which are real, wave at all of them.
All the versions of Miss Foley begin to scream and cry for help.
The boys succeed in extracting her from the Maze. As they step into the sunlight, Miss Foley begins talking about a poor little girl who is lost in the maze. Will tells her there is no one there. The ticket taker swears no one came in before or after Miss Foley.
But Miss Foley is adamant. Will asks what the girl looked like. Miss Foley admits she looked like a younger version of herself.
She tells the boys she is heading home, and walks off.
Will wants to leave also, but Jim taunts him, saying they need to stay until sundown and crack the carnival's mysteries.
Will asks why anybody would want to go into the maze. Jim hesitates, but finally agrees that it seems like a bad idea to venture in there.