Silence Out Loud
Supposed Crimes LLC, Falls Church, Virginia
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
All Rights Reserved Copyright 2013 Geonn Cannon
Published in the United States.
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The first time Cheryl Paxton ran away from home, she had an accomplice. He was a fourteen-year-old orphan, a troublemaker named Huckleberry Finn.
Cheryl was just four years old when she pulled the book off the rack by her mother's chair and sat on the floor with it. A lot of the words were confusing, but she knew what a couple of them meant. Raft, river, Mississippi, and names like Jim and Huck. She looked at the illustrations mostly, since she couldn't remember all the complicated words, and she remembered her mother telling her the story. Piecing together the story from snippets of words and the pictures alongside them, she ran away with Huck and Jim, climbed on the raft as an invisible stowaway, and raced down the mighty Mississippi to adventure and mystery.
The second time she ran away, she was five years old. They didn't have their own washer and dryer, so once a week Mommy would take their clothes down the street to Granny's house to do their laundry. Their neighbor, Mrs. Ragland, an older woman who smelled like cigarettes and peppermints, would come over and watch Cheryl during those times.