Raven Hill Joey Andrade by Melinda Marie Alexander

“Lacy! What are you doing? Didn’t you hear us calling you?” I didn’t look up, but I knew it was Joey. “I lost my locket!” I sniffed. “I have to find it!”

“We have to go!”

“No! I can’t leave without it!” I shouted, and then frantically looked for it again.

“Come on,” Joey pleaded. “We’ll come back tomorrow and look for it.”

I looked up, and saw his out stretched hand in front of me, and then I looked into his eyes. He stared back at me. “Do you promise?”

“Yes,” he waited for me to grab his hand. I reached for it, and he helped me to my feet. I glanced at my hand, it was dirty, but he didn’t seem to care. He held it tightly, and wouldn’t let go. I looked into his eyes again. He stared back and then he smiled. “You have dirt on your face,” he brushed it off with his other hand. “You ready?”

I glanced at the ground one more time, just in case I missed it, but I didn’t, and then I looked at Raven Hill. I blinked a few times, just to make sure I wasn’t seeing something that wasn’t really there. But it was. She was standing in front of the window again, looking at us. “There’s someone in the window,” I stared at the second floor.

“What?” He frowned. “Where?” He narrowed his eyes.

I pointed toward the window on the second floor. “There!”

“I don’t see anyone,” he ran his hand through his hair.

“You don’t?” I couldn’t look away. She was staring right at me. Joey squeezed my hand, and then gently pulled my arm toward him. I glanced at him, he was frowning at me. “Are you okay?”

“Yeah,” I lied. I wasn’t okay, but I couldn’t tell him that.

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