Be Buried in the Rain by Barbara Michaels

By Barbara Michaels

There are negative secrets and techniques from generations prior buried at Maidenwood. clinical pupil Julie Newcomb has lower back to her family's decaying plantation—the web site of such a lot of painful adolescence memories—to are inclined to her tyrannical grandmother, felled through a stroke. the fireplace of malevolence nonetheless burns within the merciless, despotic matriarch's eyes—yet, for Julie, a faint spark of redemption and moment percentages sparkles during this hated, haunted position. yet her hope—and her life—are heavily threatened by way of a nightmare reborn . . . and by way of the bleak discovery at the lonely street to Maidenwood of the earth-browned skeletons of a mom and baby.

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I took the meat out of the bag and put some of it onto a plate. The plate was cracked and its design was faded, but there were traces of gold remaining around the rim, and I 58 / Barbara Michaels smiled as I put it down next to the bowl of stew. Feeding stray dogs with hamburger in a Sèvres plate—typical of Maidenwood. “Here, doggy,” I said. The bushes rustled, but the animal didn’t show itself. Shirley said, “It won’t come out while you’re here. ” I followed her into the house. ” I asked. “Or water?

How about lending me your car? I’ll run into town and pick up a few things. ” The request caught her off guard; for the first time I saw her serenity ruffled. “I can’t. ” “Saturday. ” She frowned, and I burst out laughing. “Sorry. I sound like a whiny kid. I’m a good driver, Shirley, honestly. ” “It’s not that. Truth is, I don’t have the car. ” 46 / Barbara Michaels I almost asked to whom, but caught myself in time. It was her car, after all. ” Picking up the tray she went out, moving rather more quickly than usual.

Hello, Mr. Danner. Remember me? It’s been a long time. You’re looking—you look—uh—” I would never have known him. He had been a tall, burly man with a red flush of health under his tan and a ready grin. The face that looked back at me was that of a well-preserved mummy, the cheeks cadaverous, the wrinkles etched as if by acid, sour-shaped and ugly. His 50 / Barbara Michaels lips parted just enough to let a few words squeeze out. “Evening, Julie. ” “Fine, thank you. How is…” I couldn’t recall the girl’s name, much less that of her brother, whom I hadn’t known as well.

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