The River's Edge Short Story

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Chapter One: The River's Edge This is a story about a town, a small town, and the people who live in the town, and work there, and fall in love there, get married there, have children there, and yes, even die there. From a distance—or from the window of a train rushing by-- it presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world. Safe. Decent. Innocent. But that’s only how people want it to be. Or think it is because they’re young and don’t know any better—or they’re old and they don’t want to know any better. At a certain point, though, you look close enough—and you start seeing the shadows underneath the town and sometimes—the shadows take over. And you’re living in this place you don’t recognize anymore. And you’re feeling…show more content…
I never say no to a pedi. And I was just about to suggest the same thing." I know my twin could be a bit much especially after the boating incident, but she's always been very protective of me as I of her. So, when she got the opportunity to get closer to talk to Betty, she had to snatch it. It's not necessarily that she was suspicious of Betty, but Polly, on the other hand, is a totally different story. So after the pedicure, my sister and Betty went back to Betty's. "Your room's so sweet.", commented Cheryl "It's too pink. It doesn't feel right anymore.", said Betty disagreeing. "No, I like how girly it is. Mine is, too. You should come over and see it sometime. But, just you, not Veronica. I mean, she must be evil incarnate if even you won't have her as a friend. And on the subject of being friends, Betty, I'm sorry I've been such a witchy-witch to you. After Polly and Jason's epic demise I was angry at everyone. But I took it out on you which was super unfair. How, uh, how is Polly? Is she still in that group home? Do you think she knows what happened to Jason and me?" "I, I'm not sure.", mumbled…show more content…
"To clarify, I didn't mean I was guilty of the accident. I love him more than I do myself.But I am guilty of lying about what happened on July 4th.", confirmed Cheryl. "I don't know what happened the week after that, but Cheryl, in your own words, what happened at Sweetwater River?" said the sheriff. "The plan was bananas, even for me. Jason and I wanted to leave Rosewood and never come back. We decided to stage a tragic accident so that our mom and dad wouldn't come after us. Our story would be, we went for an early morning boat ride, and the boat tipped and capsized, and Jason drowned. Then out of the grief, it would've caused me I would later commit suicide. I was to leave a note saying that I couldn't handle the fact he was gone and that I went to join him. In fact, when we were faking Jason's death, we made it to the other side dry as bones. We said goodbye on the Greendale side of Sweetwater River. He promised he'd call me as soon as he was in a place where he couldn't be reached or pulled back by our parents. One month, at the most. Every day, I waited for him to call, for an email. That was supposed to be his signal, the signal to fake my own suicide," stated Cheryl. All of a sudden, the door swung open and in barged in my parents and practically yelled," What the hell is going on here?" "Mommy," cried my sister. "Don't say another word, Cheryl. Get up," demanded our mother. "Why didn't you call us?" CLIFFORD: Because she's a liar,

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