"I didn't get to Dr. Khan's until nearly eleven o'clock that morning, but this time I was prepare. I wore heavy shoes with high socks to help protect my legs against flying stones."
"Our house wasn't directly on Rumson Lake, but from the old swing i the backyard I could see the island gathering shadows in the late afternoon sunlight, a darkening clump of trees in the middle of a ring of sparkling water."
"Michelle wasn't in the house when I woke up Monday morning. She always makes her bead right away when she gets up, so I couldn't tell for sure if she came home late and left early, or never came home at all."
Yay school is starting soon!
"I am going to die. I am sinking into the island. My hands and knees are in mud puddles rising to drown me. Soon the water will reach my belly. The wind whipped rain streams off my back."
"Dad was quiet at dinner Friday night. When he did talk, he was very polite, like a guest in the house. He complimented Mom on her roast beef, and the vegetable, which were soggy from cooking too long."
"On Saturday Mom and I drove into the city to buy me clothes for school and bring Dad back for his two week's vacation. Michelle was supposed to come along , but she put a stink; yelling , stamping her feet."