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Today I am continuing Chapter One. If you’d like to read the first part, click HERE.
Lacy woke slowly, the overwhelming smell of ammonia burning her nostrils and lungs. Tony stood over her, dark hair curling on his forehead. You always look like you just got out of bed, Lacey thought. Her eyes did their best to focus on Tony’s crystal clear blue eyes, a stark contrast to his nearly black hair. Lacy grew up with Tony. His family moved from Massachusetts to Littlefield just after Tony turned six years-old. Lacy and Tony spent their summers running through the neighbor’s fields, and their winters ice-skating on Pickeral Pond. Tony, exactly one year and three days older than Lacy, was Lacy’s childhood confidant, the only person who heard Lacy speak from the time her parents died when she was three until she was thirteen. Everyone thought Lacy was mute. When Lacy went to kindergarten, her teachers assumed Lacy’s lack of speech warranted special classes; however, by Christmas of her kindergarten year they realized Lacy didn’t have a learning problem, she had a talking problem. Lacy refused to speak – ever. Mimi pleaded, coaxed, and bribed Lacy to say something, anything, but Lacy’s lips were sealed as tightly as her broken heart, unless the person asking her to speak was Tony. It was as if Lacy saved up all her words, sealing them in her soul, until the day she met Tony.
“Where’d you come from?” Six year-old Tony asked, his eyes wide with wonder. “Do you live here in the flowers?” Tony plopped down in the patch of Black-Eyed Susans.
Turning her head to the ground, Lacy plucked a piece of grass gone to hay and began breaking it into little strips, the pile growing large between her legs. Hidden in this spot in the middle of her grandparents field is where Lacy spent as many of her summer days as possible, tucked securely in the Black-Eyed Susans. She learned out of sight is often out of mind, and Lacy wanted to be out of Grampie Hirum’s mind.
“I’m going to call you flower.” Tony whispered, but don’t tell my mom I’m over here. She wants me to stay in our yard, but we don’t even have a fence, besides, I can play ball over here real good. Wanna play ball flower?”
Lacy shook her head no, watching her pile of hay slips grow.
“Don’t-cha say anything?” Tony asked in exasperation. “You’re bigger an my brother Mikey and he even says ‘no’, and ‘ball’ and ‘truck’ and stuff. You gotta say somethin’ Flower! I promise I won’t tell nobody you talked. I can keep a secret now. I’m almost seven. Momma says if I tell about Daddy’s special birthday party, she’s gonna whip me good. I never said a word, not even to Granny! So you can talk to me Flower. Tell me anythin’.”
Out of her back jean’s pocket, Lacey pulled a tarnished silver plate stem with three ruby flowers in full bloom.
Tony’s blue lakes opened like a gift box on Christmas. “Where’d ya get that, Flower? It looks like old lady stuff. Did ya steal it? I ain’t never stole nothin’ before. You’re gonna get whooped up good.” Tony reached out a chubby hand for the pin, but Lacy drew it back, deep into her pocket.
“Can’t I just hold it Flower?” Tony asked. “I promise I won’t tell no-one. I told ya I keep secrets now.”
Lacy looked over him. She didn’t want to trust him, but his wide eyes were unlike any she’d ever seen. Her own dim eyes were the color of dust and Mason’s were dirt brown just like Mimi and Grampie Hirum’s. Tony’s eyes were the color of sky, where her prayers went. She looked back at her pile of hay and then up at Tony again. Tony stood looking into Lacy’s eyes for a full minute before hearing a faint, “My mama’s dead.”
“Dead! Like she ain’t comin’ back no more? She an angel now like great-granny Elaine? My momma says great-granny Laine sees everything I do. She tells God when I need a whippin’.” Tony’s little hands automatically went behind him, rubbing his backside.
“Anthony James Vallone, you get back here this instant!”
“Yikes! That’s my mom. I gotta go.” Tony started running up the hill towards his house. “I won’t tell, Flower.” He called back over his shoulder.
Lacy looked up from her peeled hay, watched his back, then looked up to the sky – the blue eyes. Lacy knew she would speak again.
Choking on ammonia, Lacy looked into Tony’s blue sky eyes. She sat up on her elbows. It was the first time she’d seen Tony in almost five years.
“Flower, you’re gonna be just fine.” Tony said, pushing a wisp of mouse-brown hair behind her ear. “You shouldn’t go in there. Just come outside with me. I’ll drop you off at Julie’s and then come back to finish up.”
“He’s right.” Mason said. “Julie’s home with the kids and she’s waiting for you. I called home earlier to tell her you were on the way. Go home, rest, and play with the kids for a while. This is too much for you. None of us should have to see this. It never should’ve happened.”
Mason put his face into his hands, taking a minute to compose his features. I’m a cop, he thought, but not even cops are expected to see their eighty-three year-old grandmother bludgeoned and lying in a puddle sticky with her inner self.
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