TITLE: Abegale Force
GENRE: Middle Grade
I'll never get to Maiden Villas before Stephanie gets back from church and find out what Mrs. Egremony was talking about last night, when she rushed us out of her house saying, " your Grandmother Rose is far --but near?"
I'm going berserk. I guess she didn't want to say anything in front of Stephanie, but she's my best friend --we don't keep secrets.
I can hardly take another breath and stand on my pedals, to make it up the last of the hill to Ridge Road. I would have come sooner, but I had to watch Jeremy until Mom got home. Now I'm a racing like a firebird on my bicycle, I call Phoenix.
Stephanie's family moved into the Villas a couple weeks ago, and Mrs. Egremony's their new landlady. She seems nice, I guess. But she tells me, she knew my Grandmother Rose years ago--before she disappeared-- and before I was born.
Nam vanished in the Andes Mountains three years ago. The police never found her; so I guess there's always been hope. I've always had hope.
I turn right onto Ridge Road -- a crow swoops in front of me, and squawks-- piercing my eardrums; I swerve my bike and hit a rock--falling facedown into the asphalt rubble.
A slow moving car is coming.