Talk back to me like that again and I’ll take away your privileges, I muttered.
I’ll explain everything in a little while, my father says to her. Try to get some sleep, okay? I hear the basement door close. I don’t get a hug from my mother.Dad, I whisper, looking up at him pleadingly. I threw a letter in the basement. Can you please go get it before she reads it?
He nods and heads to the basement without question.Merit! Honor yells. I look up just in time to see her marching down the hallway, letter in hand. She crosses Quarter One and looks like she’s ready to attack me, but Sagan steps in front of her and grabs her arms. She struggles to get out of his grip, but when she realizes he won’t let her past, she just chucks the pages at me. You’re a liar! She’s crying and I suddenly realize we’re not at all attractive when we cry. I hate that I’ve been doing it for the past two hours.I feel like I’m watching a movie. I don’t feel like I’m in it, living it, taking the brunt of her anger right now. I don’t even respond to her anger because I feel so disconnected from it.
Not now, Honor, Sagan says, walking her away from me.It’s not true! Honor yells. Tell them it’s not true! Utah would never do something like that!
I watch everything unfold as I remain curled up on the couch, wrapped in a blanket. Victoria is back, but Moby isn’t with her anymore. Honor runs up to her and my father. You can’t make him leave, she’s lying!
Victoria looks at my father. You can’t let this slide, Barnaby.Billie, look, he said, I simply —
He frowned. Arbuthnot was making his way over.You simply… Billie prompted.
He shook his head, and she was smart enough to know that the motion had nothing to do with her. She followed his gaze over toward Arbuthnot, but the older gentleman had stopped to talk with someone else.Who are you looking at? she asked.