Mister and Missus Shank grounded their daughter Abby for exactly three weeks, two days, seven hours, and thirteen minutes. The reasoning for this was simple: It would fall right on the very end of her fourteenth birthday. Their neighbors, Mister Wainsworth, was floored. What exactly had Abby done, he wondered aloud, to deserve such a long and meticulously timed punishment?
"She tried to summon the devil," Missus Shank explained to him over tea.