April Shadows

By V.C. Andrews

APRIL HAD continuously FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER.

Her older sister Brenda used to be tall, athletic, aggressive, and likely of herself. yet April Taylor was once brief, delicate, and obese -- and he or she could not get better from their father's slicing criticisms the best way Brenda did. April did not be aware of why their once-loving dad had turn into a coldhearted monster, yet she used to be yes it had whatever to do along with her. and she or he may well see how his merciless habit used to be tearing away at her mild mom. yet a glimmer of happiness returns whilst Brenda brings domestic her collage roommate: attractive, bewitching Celia. And April wonders if she will not be so varied from Brenda after all....

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Right," Brenda stated. I went up and obtained my issues jointly. I moved as fast as i may, yet that did not subject. extra involved than she had published. Brenda used to be awaiting me within the hallway, and that i may well inform instantly from the expression on her face that whatever used to be extraordinarily flawed. "What? " "I known as Dora Maxwell and requested her to envision on Mama for us. Mrs. Maxwell was once our closest neighbor. She and her husband were there so long as we had. "And? " "She went correct over to our condo, and he or she known as me. " "What did she say? " I requested, feeling as though I needed to pull each be aware off her tongue, "She stated. 'Brenda, get domestic as fast as you could. " "What does that suggest? " "I have no idea, precisely. " "Why no longer? " "She could not talk,'" Brenda acknowledged. "Why now not? " "She could not cease crying. " eleven Sleep in Peace . Brenda drove my vehicle. and Celia us on our journey again to our condo. Like Mrs, Maxwell, i could not speak, both. and that i wasn't crying. My throat was once simply so choked up and my chest so heavy. I easily sat there staring out the part window on the surroundings dashing via. each time I checked out Brenda, she was once soaring over the guidance wheel as though she have been urging the automobile to head even swifter. i did not imagine she discovered how taut she was once keeping her neck and shoulders. sometimes. I became to seem again at Celia, who used to be attempting to sustain. "Don't you move blaming your self for anything," Brenda chanted. From the way in which she stated it. I puzzled if she have been speaking aloud to herself or chatting with me. "Don't you do it. " "Blame myself for what. Brenda? " I requested, my lips trembling, "Whatever occurs. no matter what we discover out once we get domestic. April. " "What are we going to discover? " I requested, now brazenly crying. She did not solution. She simply shook her head and held herself taut over the guidance wheel. She knew extra she simply wasn't asserting. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and sat again. no matter what she says. no matter what has occurred is my fault, i presumed. I knew I don't have left Mama. I knew it even after I had gotten into the automobile. I knew it the instant I drove out. i used to be simply too eager about riding myself and attending to visit a faculty dorm. i used to be trembling inside of simply imagining what should be waiting for us. The darkish clouds forward have been certainly a nasty omen in my brain. Sprinkles all started once we reached Hickory, and by the point we arrived on the condominium, it had grew to become to showers. Mrs. Maxwell evidently were awaiting us on the entrance window and opened the door the instant we become our driveway. She used to be in her coat and had on a plastic rain hat. Brenda hesitated after she opened the door and did not get out of the auto. "The ambulance has taken her to the hospital," Mrs. Maxwell acknowledged as she moved quickly towards us. She opened the rear door and acquired in fast. Celia obtained out of her motor vehicle and approached. "What's occurring? " "We're going to the hospital," Brenda stated. "She used to be taken there by way of ambulance. Get in. " Celia obtained into the rear of the automobile with Mrs. Maxwell, and we sponsored out of the driveway, became, and headed away.

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