By Amanda Davis
At fifteen, religion Duckle used to be lured lower than the bleachers through a host of boys and brutally attacked. Now, virtually a yr later, a newly skinny religion is haunted via her earlier and through the flippant, merciless ghost of her previously fats self who's bent on revenge. religion finally turns to violence for retribution, forcing her to escape domestic looking for the single pal she has -- a stricken yet being concerned busboy who's the sweetheart of a sideshow performer -- and to tumble into the colourful, brief global of the circus. yet as she dives headfirst right into a international of grownup passions and desires, mercurial allegiances, and exhilarating self-discovery, religion should also face a few anxious truths approximately herself and the area round her.
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You’re not going anywhere. ” Silence. I tried to make 23 a m a n d a d av i s light of it. I smiled, but she didn’t smile back. “I don’t want you to go,” I said. ” But she didn’t answer, and lay back down, a signal that the conversation was over. I liked to hear Starling talk because she had a way of telling stories that made you want to hold your breath. It was something in the way she stacked her words, and it was the stories themselves, but most of all it was Starling’s eyes and the way they squinted and got darker when she needed you to believe her.
I just stood there, my whole body loose and confused. “Smoke,” the fat girl said. Tony Giobambera could have finished his cigarette by now, but I hadn’t the heart to hurry. Who was I to care whether Andrea Dutton got visitors if her best friend didn’t even care? We pushed outside and plopped down on the cold ground. “I can’t take much more of this,” the fat girl muttered. I saw frosting on her cheek. She had her head back as though sunbathing, but the day was gray, the light was thin. I lay back and closed my eyes and tried, like her, to feel the sun.
She stopped humming and looked at me. “Do you, Faith? ” I didn’t answer. Ahead of me an old lady whose hair was so thin her pink scalp shone through sat next to a guy in an army jacket leaning forward, reading something in his lap. The bus smelled like exhaust. I was tired, so tired. It was three forty-five. I had fifteen minutes before my appointment with Fern and I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to talk about how I felt or what I thought or my father or my mother or any of it at all. I didn’t want to say anything.