Chapter One - Coming Home
hometown's never quite the same once you've been gone for seven years.
Mandy had realized this, of course, but had still harbored some secret
hopes, until they'd been slowly slashed to pieces during her first
half-hour after getting off the bus at the local greyhound.
she should've realized it when she'd seen malls instead of the usual
stretches of flatland-covered-in-grass, though that was easily
dismissed as "we aren't that close yet". Even as she'd seen the station
coming up too quickly, she'd insisted to herself that she had one more
to go, despite the large, familiar re-painted sign that said "Welcome to
Gavingston" which was somehow suspended from sky-hooks or some such, since
it hovered over the roof of the bus-station.
Now, standing in the light-but-consistant rain outside of an all too
familiar house, she realized this place may look different, but the ghosts
haunting her memories hadn't really changed.
She'd last stood in this spot
she was never sure what to do. she tried to not fight back, as hard as she could, but when her mom was in this mood
she'd pick and pick at you until you were suddenly the devil's own spawn, or guilty of all her accusations.
the girl closed the door to her room, sensing her mother's mood.
the door rattled, since the edge around the door had been knocked loose in a previous fight.
"yea?" the girl said, warily, standing directly behind the door.
"you open this door right now young lady! you know your father doesn't like locked doors!"
she closed her eyes, looking for the patience within herself. finding none, she unlocked the door and stood back.
her mother slammed into the room, pregnant belly bulging in ahead of her.
"I'm going to pick up your father soon."
the girl nodded, playing with one of the doilies her mother'd crocheted for her, one that was sitting under the
jewelry box on her dresser.
her mother was meek this time.
"you still t
Tom glanced at Nina, tilting his head to one side and raising a brow.
"You're tapping again, Darling. Is something bothering you?"
She lifted her gaze, then quickly focused on her food again. "What makes you think something is bothering me?"
Her bottom lip found its way between her teeth, as she rearranged her mashed potatos.
"I thought the potatos looked better on the other side, to be honest. Maybe you could add some of my peas as decoration."
Abruptly Nina straightened, her fork clattering on her plate as she grabbed the sides of her chair.
"Tom, I can't see you anymore."
Tom's eyebrows raised, almost comically. Considering how close he and Nina had become over the past few months, this was
a huge shock. He slowly placed his fork on the table near his plate, jumping slightly when it banged loudly against his water glass.
"What brought this on, Darling? There ar