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Chapter 22 of the book Pewter's Homecoming
Marcy makes a decision.
"Chapter 8 - 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:

Marcy paced in her room, considering. She had forty-eight hours until the party and she saw no way of getting out of it. Her mind flashed back to Todd and what happened in Eagle Pass. She couldn't let history repeat itself.

She looked at her phone, which lay on her bed. The message was still visible on the screen.

Send me your address, please.

The message was from Lily, who was making it her mission of getting Marcy to the party and prompting the meetup with Jeff. Despite their simplicity, the words burrowed into Marcy's brain, invoking so many complex thoughts.

True, she'd never pass up an opportunity to hang out with Lily. That girl's friendship had been a gift Marcy could have never anticipated. But, despite her motives being selfless, Marcy could not accept this push she was now receiving. And, she also couldn't explain why she could not accept it.

The three knocks on her door startled Marcy and she felt like she'd crashed back on Earth.

"Yes?" she asked.

Her mother, Valerie, entered.

"What are you doing?" she asked. "Your father and I are hearing thump after thump across the kitchen ceiling."

Marcy stared at her feet, still clad in her light blue sneakers.

"Sorry," she said in a faint voice.

"What is on your mind?" Valerie asked. "You're obviously worried about something."

Marcy sank down on her bed.

"I got invited to this party," she said.

She wasn't completely surprised when her mother beamed at this statement.

"That's great," Valerie said. "That is so great. You're making friends."

She came over to the bed.

"You should go," she encouraged. "I'm sure it'll be fun."

She paused.

"This girl, Amanda," she said. "Her parents approve of this party?"
"Yeah," Marcy replied.

She'd rarely lied to her parents, but she felt this was better than the truth. She didn't want to layer the issue of unsupervised minors onto this dilemma.

Then, her lack of sense hit her. She could have told the truth that, at best, she did not know what Amanda's parents knew or thought about the party. Her parents would have forbidden her to go and the matter would have been resolved. Marcy mentally kicked herself while working not to let more despair show on her face. It was too late to take anything back.

"Do you want to go to the party?" Valerie asked.

"I guess," Marcy said. That was kind of the truth.

"What's stopping you?" her mother queried.

Marcy decided to be honest again.

"Todd," she said.

More wasn't needed. Valerie nodded.

"What happened was awful," she said. "But, I do not want it to influence how you live your life. Yes, you are shy. Your father and I concede that, and we wish you would become more confident. I think you've made some progress since we moved here. We'd hate to see you regress."

"But, what if someone finds out?"

Marcy was becoming more agitated and she took deep breaths to try and calm herself. It was only working a little bit.

"Again, don't let what happened influence your life," Valerie repeated. "You make your own choices and know your father and I are behind you. You don't have to let anyone know something about you if you don't want them to know it."

Marcy looked down at her lap. Her mother was making it sound so simple.

"This is very different than Eagle Pass," Valerie insisted. "Heck, things were already different for you while we lived in Eagle Pass. What happened to Todd is not your destiny."

She studied her daughter.

"You should go to that party," she said. "Talk to your friends. Make some more friends. And, don't worry."

She turned to go.

"Dinner's in fifteen," she said over her shoulder as she exited the bedroom.

"Okay," Marcy mumbled, unsure if her mom heard her response.

She looked back at her phone, which had now locked. The message was still visible in her mind's eye.

Send me your address, please.

Lily was her friend and she was sure the blonde would concur that sentiment. Cassidy was friendly towards her, probably thanks to Lily's influence. And Amber, while not outright friendly, wasn't outright rude or dismissive towards her. And Jeff, whom Lily had introduced her to at the church, was interested, even if Marcy didn't reciprocate these feelings.

She picked up her phone and unlocked it. Lily's message reappeared.

Send me your address, please.

Marcy began typing.

6327 Marina Court

She stared at the phone's screen, considering the irony of this address. There was no marina within many miles of her house. And, her street didn't have at least six thousand three hundred and twenty-seven houses on it. But, this was her address since her family had moved to Pewter last summer. And, she was about to share it with Lily, possibly sealing her fate.

Marcy took a deep breath and pressed SEND. A few seconds later, she received a reply.

Thanks. I'll be by at 5:00 on Friday.

Though Lily couldn't see her, Marcy nodded and set her phone down again. She sat on her bed, staring at the wall.

The book continues with Chapter 8 - 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. The "After Homecoming" section also has the largest time shift throughout the 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.

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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