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Chapter 13 of the book Pewter's Homecoming
Marcy reveals her lack of a love life.
"Chapter 5 - Before Homecoming" by teols2016
Five years later, a closed homicide gets a second look.

Previously in "Pewter's Homecoming":

Marcy Sellers starts her junior year as a new student at Pewter Public High School in western Texas. She meets Lily Harvey, who shows her around. A few weeks later, both girls are attacked. The police quickly arrest a suspect, but, five years later, Roland Davis, a lawyer from Dallas, is given a chance to review the case.

Five Years Ago:

"Where's Amber?" Marcy asked, sliding into a seat at the table in the cafeteria. Though she didn't feel accepted by anyone except Lily, she'd gotten used to their usual lunch group. The other blonde's absence was immediately noticeable.

"Somewhere that way," Lily said, pointing down the long table with the fork she'd been using to spear a ravioli. "She's trying to put the moves on Ethan."

Cassidy was eating a wrap and not saying anything. Glancing down the table, Marcy couldn't see Amber or the object of her affections. There was just the sea of students, so many still strangers to her.

"She's been interested in him for a while," Lily continued. "I think she might have been jealous when he and I were going out."

"Why did you two break up?" Marcy queried.

"We lost interest in each other," Lily said with a shrug. "I mean, we weren't gonna get married or anything. Things just ended."

She looked at Marcy, who was eating a tomato sauce-soaked ravioli, another "homemade" entrée curtesy of Pewter Public High.

"You ever date anyone while you were living in Eagle Pass?" she inquired.

Marcy chewed and swallowed.

"Not really," she said, looking down at her tray.

"Well, you should get out there," Lily encouraged. "Bet Jeff would be interested. I saw how he looked at you at the church."

Marcy remembered, but she wasn't so sure. For one thing, she could probably sit on the palm of Jeff's hand. How would that look?

"I'm not sure he's my type," she said.

Cassidy looked up, interested for the first time.

"Who is your type?" she queried.

"I'm not sure," Marcy replied, looking at her food again and wondering how to steer away from this topic.

"You must have some idea if you think Jeff doesn't fit," Lily pointed out. "Come on ... spill."

Marcy looked at her. There was that confidence again. God, the girl had everything.

"People don't really notice me," Marcy said. "Not like they notice you. I haven't had much of a choice."

"Come on," Lily said. "You're cute. You're nice. And, you're so smart. I'm sure you'd be a catch."

"History hasn't proven that."

"You going to the Homecoming Dance?"

"I don't know. Are you?"

Lily gave a single shrug.

"Yeah," she said. "I mean, I kind of have to go. It's right after the game, but it's a lot of fun. You should go."

"I usually wind up sitting in some corner at these things," Marcy Lamented.

Lily shook her head.

"Then make it fun," she encouraged. "Ask someone. Guys don't always have to be the ones who ask."

Marcy stared at Lily. Who was she supposed to ask? How would that end?

* * *

Later that night, listening to her parents heading up the steps to their bedroom, Marcy lay on her bed, thinking about that day's lunch.

She hadn't been lying when she admitted her lack of experience to Lily. Her sole experience with kissing a boy was a round of Seven Minutes in Heaven when she was twelve. That was less than memorable, in part because a shoe rack was poking her in the butt the entire time.

Things in her dating life had only become more complicated since. Marcy wished she could just tell Lily the truth, but that had previously gone even worse than the botched seven-minute session with Franklin Frasier in the closet. She couldn't go through that again.

Marcy jumped when she heard a soft knock at her door.

"Come in," she said.

Her mother, Valerie, entered the small bedroom.

"Are you okay, Pumpkin?" she asked. "You seemed very quiet at dinner."

Marcy knew she was normally more outgoing around her family than with anyone else. She wished she could be like that with Lily.

"I just have a lot to think about," she said. "Big history test next week."

"Have you been studying?" Valerie asked.

Marcy nodded.

"Have you thought any more about what colleges you might want to look at?" Valerie inquired. "We want to start planning a trip soon."

Marcy considered her answer.

"I might want to see the University of Texas in Austin," she said.

Sure, the school was an eight-hour drive away, but it was a public university and in-state. With her grades, a scholarship was guaranteed.

Valerie nodded.

"That's a good school," she commended. "We can think about that. Just keep your grades up where they are and higher. How is school going? Are you making any friends?"

"Kind of," Marcy said.

Valerie sat close to her daughter on the bed. She reached out and stroked her hair.

"You don't have to be afraid," she said. "This is a fresh start for you. Just be yourself."

"I can't do that," Marcy said.

"Not like that," Valerie corrected. "But in every other way."

Marcy sighed and nodded.

"Get some sleep," Valerie encouraged. "We'll talk more about colleges this weekend."

She got up and walked back to the door.

"Good night, Mom," Marcy said.

"Good night, Pumpkin," Valerie returned and turned off the light before shutting the door.

Marcy sighed again and turned over in her bed. Even her parents couldn't understand just how complicated all this was for her, no matter how supportive they were.

The book continues with Chapter 5 - After Homecoming. We will provide a link to it when you review this below.

Author Notes
These chapters are, for the most part, divided into 3 sections: "Before Homecoming", "After Homecoming", and "Present". There will be a couple exceptions to this structure in the last few chapters.

Pewter is a fictional town in fictional and rural Alter County in western Texas.

Cast of characters:

Marcy Sellers: a new student at Pewter Public High School,, starting her junior year. Was raped and left comatose in the girls' locker room after the Pewter Homecoming game.

Lillian "Lily" Harvey: a junior at Pewter Public High and a cheerleader. Was raped and murdered in the girls' locker room after the Pewter Homecoming game.

Amber Rose: Lily's friend and fellow cheerleader.

Cassidy Ada: Lily's friend and fellow cheerleader.

Ethan Huntley: junior at Pewter High and linebacker on the school's football team. Lily's ex-boyfriend.

Jeff Edwards: junior at Pewter High and Left Tackle on the school's football team.

Valerie Sellers: Marcy's mother.

Feedback, specifically suggestions for additions/subtractions/alterations, is always welcome. Enjoy.
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