TITLE: "The Triumvirate"
GENRE: Young Adult
Win and I were doomed a long time before Tristan Alston.
I don't remember the Hollow Bay Murders all that well. I was little, seven or eight. My parents grew frightened like everyone else about the eleven missing people. They stopped letting me ride my bicycle to school and told me to avoid adults outside the family.
It seemed as though half the town dropped by our restaurant after the murderers were caught. The adults spoke in hushed voices, pretending they didn't notice us sneaking in behind them to eavesdrop.
I remember their giddy excitement, their amazement.
"The Jardins… Yes, both of them! Can you imagine? A married couple, killing all those poor people together... And with their little son sleeping just below them in the house!” They marveled at it, and murmured their pity for the child. Even then, though, I heard the implication: no boy with parents like that could turn out well.
Winston Jardin arrived at our school a week later. In a tiny community like ours, any scrawny newcomer with frightened eyes, greasy black hair, and dirty sneakers would have fueled gossip. That he was a ward of the state, tight-lipped about his real family, and shared an unfortunate last name with the Hollow Bay Killers, well— a rumor spread among the kids at my school that he was that little boy whose parents murdered eleven people. No one doubted it.