No Happy Endings
"I want you to stay away from that girl," I say.
"But she's Laney's cousin. I can't avoid her without doing the same to Laney."
"Maybe that's just how it has to be, then." Giving up friends, it's something Van should get used to, now, because it isn't going to stop any time soon.
Van shakes her head. "No, Zander. She's my best friend. I'm not going to bail on Laney like that."
"You think she'll be happy you stayed friends with her when you kill her pretty little cousin?" I snap.
Her head drops down, but I can still see the corner of her mouth twitching. "I can control it. I won't hurt her."
"You can't guarantee that."
"I won't live like you," she says quietly. "I won't live alone for the rest of my life because I'm scared of hurting people."
I sigh and close my eyes. "It's not about being scared, Van. It's about being smart. Stay away from her."
For a long moment, she doesn't say anything. Deep down, I'm hoping with everything I have that she'll listen to me. I can't go through it again. Oscar nearly broke me. She can't expect me to go through that with her. I won't make it. Please just listen to me, I beg.
When she finally speaks, her voice startles me. "She knows something."
It's just a simple sentence, but it ignites my anger like a match to a fuse. "She doesn't know anything! Nobody does. Get that through your head and quit looking for answers, Van!"
My sister's head snaps up and my hands tighten into fists at the determination in her eyes. "She knows something, and I'm going to find out what it is."
Then she throws open the door of the truck and runs away.
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