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Smashwords Edition

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Photos by Billy Alexander and Dora Pete

Chapter One

Halley Shields stretched out her legs on the chilled hallway floor as she sat in front of her locker. In her lap, her pencil scratched the thick paper of her pad, sketching a picture of her family's car cruising down a vacant road. She started it on the drive to their new city not wanting to look up while her old city blurred past her through the window.

This was hard, having to leave home and arrive at this new town with new people. No one to talk to but her parents and older brother who paid more attention to video games than his real life girlfriend. It's no fun being tossed into a brand new school with brand new classmates, subjects, and teachers. She wanted to fit in. She wanted people to like her. She wanted them to think she was humorous, charismatic, and fun enough to hang out at all the cool spots everyone liked. That was going to be difficult to accomplish when no one even knew her name.

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