Stay low. They ended the call.
We’re not sure. Weapons were missing from Gwen Vargas’s home too.Pearl sat back in her chair. Huh. She was quiet for a moment. Easy to sell.
Yes, agreed Mercy. A photo album was missing from Gwen’s home, but nothing like that was reported from Jennifer’s. Do you know if anything personal was stolen? Maybe something her parents mentioned later?I don’t recall, said Pearl. I didn’t talk to her parents except at her funeral.Did the officers ever show you pictures of the crime scene?
No. And I don’t want to see them.What if I got you some pictures of Jennifer’s room? Would you be able to tell if anything was missing?
Pearl thought for a moment. I honestly don’t know.
A sad smile crossed her sister’s face. That’s true. I could look—as long as they’re not pictures of . . . the body—but it’s been a long time to remember small details.Kiera gave me a half smile. Yeah. And when the band finally did find someone to replace you, the protestors gave the new guy such a hard time…he quit. With a sigh, she shrugged. Thanks to your fanatics, every single person the band has hired to replace you has quit. The band can’t move forward. They can’t tour, can’t record another album…it’s been hell.
I stared into my coffee cup as guilt churned inside me. I had no idea they were struggling. Why hadn’t they called me? I knew the answer to that the instant after I thought it. Because they didn’t want to admit defeat either. We were all drowning in our fucking pride.Kiera sighed and I looked up at her. Sales have dropped across the board, the band is floundering. Kellan has even mentioned disbanding…everyone going their separate ways…
My eyes grew so wide my face started hurting. No, this wasn’t what I wanted. They’re disbanding? Kellan can probably go solo, but Matt…Evan…what are they gonna do? I was so worried for them, my heart started pounding harder.Kiera’s peaceful smile made me feel a little better. So did her next words. Denny convinced Kellan to try one more thing to replace you, so the band isn’t disbanding yet.