TITLE: Truth, Lies, And Everything In-Between
GENRE: YA Adventure
“Ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!” my voice could shatter glass but, as usual, she doesn’t hear me - me, wounded and near death; me, her only daughter and truly the only thing that should matter in her boring, middle-aged life.
“MA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A!” I yell out again as I’m falling through the doorway, stumbling aimlessly in space, books flying, my stupid hair covering my face. My sobs are so loud that even my tears are too afraid to show up. I hate that! Dry-crying is so fake!
Finally, Mother of the Year Madison Somers comes running in from the garden … a.k.a., her second child. She practically lives in the backyard with the flowers and the weeds, talking to them, humming and singing stupid songs from the 70’s. Sometimes she remembers the words and off-keys them until my mind turns “Help Me, Rhonda” into “I’d Like To Kill You, Rhonda.” PopPop, cringing at the thought that she actually carries his DNA, always asks her what she did with the money he gave her for singing lessons but she just ruffles his hair, laughs in her sweet, pleasant, annoying little way, and then goes on singing.
“For goodness sakes, Frost! What is wrong? The neighbors will think I’m murdering you!” She rarely raises her voice ... says it’s undignified but now she is almost yelling as she comes running toward me.
“News flash! They think you’re killing me every time they hear you singing! By now, I’m sure they’re used to hearing weird and disturbing noises coming from this house!”