Liar! You're so jealous of our relationship you're trying to sabotage it!
Hey, Dad? Can you get some seeds at the store? Flower seeds?
I guess I'm going to the hardware store. Want to come with?
Melinda and Ivy are in the bathroom during art class, Melinda narrates, "I hold the cap in my teeth. I start another subject thread on the wall: Guys to stay away from. The first entry is the Beast himself: Andy Evans" (Anderson 175).
I know we haven't talked in a while, but you'll help me, won't you?
No, I won't help you?
Melinda finds Rachel in the library, she explains, “I shake my head. Tears pop up from some hidden spring. D@mn. I sniff and wipe my eyes on my sleeve. Rachel writes in a heavy, fast hand. ‘WHO DID IT???’ I turn the page. 'Andy Evans.’ ‘Liar!’ She stumbles out of her chair and grabs her books off the table” (Anderson 184).
Rachel ditched me at the prom because of you and that stupid story you told her...which isn't even true.
No. I said NO.
Melinda is doing yardwork when her father comes outside, she narrates, "I shake my head. I pick up the rake and start making the dead-leaf pile neater. A blister pops and stains the rake handle like a tear. Dad nods and walks to the Jeep, keys jangling in his fingers. A mockingbird lands on a low oak branch and scolds me. I rake the leaves out of my throat. 'Can you buy some seeds? Flower seeds?' " (Anderson 168)
You've been through a lot, haven't you?
Let me tell you about it....
Heather comes to Melinda for help, Melinda narrates, "No' 'You want something richer, like an eggplant, or cobalt?' 'No, I haven't decided on colors yet. that's not what I mean, I mean no, I won't help you.' She collapses into the chair again. 'you have to help me.' 'No, I don't'. (Anderson 178).
Andy Evans has Melinda cornered, she narrates, "I am trapped with Andy Evans. 'You have a big mouth, you know it? Rachel blew me off at the prom, giving me some bull$*&% story about how I assaulted you. You know that's a lie' " (Anderson 194).
Melinda is in the art room with Mr. Freeman, she narrates, "The last bell rings. Mr. Freeman comes to my table. 'Time's up, Melinda. Are you ready?' I hand over the picture. He takes it in his hands and studies it. I sniff again and wipe my eyes on my arm. The bruises are vivid, but they will fade. 'You've been through a lot, haven't you?' 'Let me tell you about it'" (Anderson 198).