Chapter 1: Haley
Sometimes you can't say no to someone. I sit upright in bed in the middle of the night thinking this. It must have been a dream that made me do it, and when I lie back down I have to work to steady my breath. Outside there's the dull thud of an oak branch beating against the house in breeze. Thick, fogged light comes through my window, and if I squint, it looks like the leaves are floating ghosts. My digital reads 4:15.
The thought of Bo Dickens wakes me up like this some nights. During the day he is on my mind all the time, when I am driving to school or standing at Elsa's store with Daddy, eating lunch with...