bout it, its hard to keep it a secret when we have gotten rid of people, cattle, and furniture, just to pay incoming bills. ”The bank said no? ” She asks again when I sit there in complete silence.

”Yes. There isn much to do. My dad has already started talking about us moving somewhere else but I don want to leave Beck. ” My roots are here, my good memories before the accident were all here, yes, the bad ones too but the fear of the unknown kept me wanting to be here. ”I sometimes wish he would have not taken that loan. ”

”I know. ” She holds my hand on top of the table. ”You can always stay with me. You know my folks won mind, maybe we can get a place together. ”

That had been our dream growing up. She and I, together against the world, against the bullies and mean girls but life has a funny way to go around killing dreams.

”Maybe. ”

The thing about moving in with Lacey was that her parents already had enough with four children, their house wasn that big, and just like us, they had jobs and rent and bills to pay. Their store had suffered after the opening of the Superstores a couple of miles down, a lot of towners were loyal but being unable to lower the price just like their big competitors had made things difficult in the last couple of years. There was no way I was barging into their home adding more to their problems, adding another mouth to feed. It was either accept the deal or leave town. Leaving town was not want I wanted. My only option, the window was hours from closing.

”I have to go back. ” I wobble, the pulling on my leg makes me wince.

”Please, no one is going to go to the library at this time. ” She pats down the empty stop.

”Someone might. ” She rolls her eyes, shes right, the library is usually quiet around the afternoon unless theres someone that needs a book and thats unlikely because is summer and none dares to step foot inside that building unless is necessary. ”I will call you tomorrow. ”

”Say hey to your brother. ”

”Sure. ” I can believe she has a crush on my brother, that good for nothing. He and my dad had done nothing but make a bad decision, the last one had been taking a loan from Kingdom ranch and putting outlands as leverage.

I told them he wasn one to trust and they just shot me down and now, I wanted to say I told you so but that would be mean, adding salt to the open wound, on all of us.

At least my half-time job was good for me, ramp access for those bad days, paid holidays, and also I could take advantage of new arrivals and the kind of people that seemed to lose themselves inside the made-up stories or wanted to simply learn something new they weren out to hurt me.


Chapter 5


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