TITLE: To One Thing Constant
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
Lynn was the first to discover the house. I was standing with Doris and Claire in the girls’ line waiting for the bell to ring when I saw Lynn running toward us. Even from across the playground, I could see she had something to tell us, and it was something big.
Breathlessly, she cut in line. “There’s a mansion over there.” She said pointing across the street.
“Nah uh!” I said.
“I swear! It’s huge.”
Lynn’s description of the house made me question whether or not she was making it up. She had a tendency to make up elaborate stories. Not lies really, she just made the truth sound a bit more exciting than it actually was. But a house with a yard so big it couldn’t be seen from the street? No way! All that I had ever known were post-World War II bungalows, ranch style tract homes, and apartment buildings.
“For reals?” I said. “Who lives there?”
“No one. It’s abandoned.”
“How do you know?” Doris asked.
“Because it’s empty. My brother and I walked around the veranda looking in all the windows after school yesterday.”
“I want to see it!” Claire said.
“Shhh!” Lynn gathered us in closer. “I don’t want anyone else to know about it.”
“I want to see it, too!” I whispered.
It was settled. She would take the three of us to see it right after school.
Petite and wiry, Lynn was the most popular girl at school. She was also my best friend -- had been since sixth grade.