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:
Lily stared at Marcy, the color draining from her face. Any influence the alcohol seemed to have been having on her inhibitions was vanishing. She might as well have never had a drink tonight.
For her part, Marcy was realizing what she'd said and wished she could take it back. Her legs shook as she considered the possibility of losing this wonderful person, the only friend she had in Pewter. Then, there was the possibility of Lily telling other people. Then, it would all be over. It'd be Todd all over again.
Outside the small office, the party continued, the partygoers unaware of the revelation coming out within feet of them. The girls could hear faint music and laughter through the door, but they ignored this.
"You don't like guys?" Lily asked. "Are you saying you're ..."
Marcy nodded, on the verge of tears. There was no taking it back now.
"I'm gay," she admitted, looking at the floor. "I'm gay and ... I kind of ... I kind of really like you."
For the first time, Lily gasped.
"I need a drink," she said and then downed what was left in her cup in one swallow. She next snatched Marcy's cup and drank that too, though little was left. Nothing seemed to help as her eyes kept darting around the room while she tried to find words.
"I'm sorry," Marcy said, a few tears rolling down her cheeks. "I didn't mean ... I shouldn't have ..."
Lily backed towards the door.
"I gotta get out of here," she was saying to no one in particular. "I mean, I'm pretty, but I never ... I'm not ... I wouldn't ..."
"Can we forget it?" Marcy begged. "Please."
Lily fumbled for the door handle, seeming unable to find it. She cursed under her breath.
Then, there was a knock on the door. Before either girl could react, the door opened, and a guy and girl stumbled into the office. Neither Marcy nor Lily recognized the giggling couple at the moment.
"Oh," the raven-haired girl said. "Occupied."
The boy looked like the winning lottery ticket had just been snatched out of his hand.
"That's okay," Lily said, seeming grateful for this interruption. "I'm leaving. Enjoy."
The boy looked relieved as Lily hurried out of the office. Marcy ran after her.
"Lily, wait!" she called.
She pulled the office door shut as the boy was helping the girl onto the desk and reaching underneath her skirt.
"Lily!" she called again.
She caught up with Lily on the front lawn.
"I'm going home," Lily declared as she kept walking. "Leave me alone. Get away from me."
Marcy grabbed her arm. Lily was wearing a blue tank top and she was momentarily caught up in how soft her friend's bare skin was.
"I'm sorry," Marcy said, tears now flowing. "Please talk to me."
"Talk?" Lily asked, whirling around and wrenching her arm free. "You just admitted you really like me. What do we have to talk about? I'm not ... like that. Don't touch me."
"I'm sorry," Marcy said. "It's just ... you've been so nice to me ever since I came to this school. And, you are really pretty. I shouldn't have said it. I'm really sorry."
Lily stared at her.
"Well, you did say it," she pointed out. "We can't be friends anymore."
She walked away, leaving Marcy, crestfallen, on the front lawn of Amanda's house.
Marcy watched Lily go until the dark night swallowed her. She cast a last look back at the house with the party spilling out of it and headed home as well, tears still rolling down her cheeks. Fears of what might come next weren't even able to enter her mind at that moment.
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.
Feedback, specifically suggestions for additions/subtractions/alterations, is always welcome. Enjoy.