Chapter 1: Lindy
3/9/2010 10:28:00 PM
-The rain trickled down Friedlinde Baum¶s car window, almost at the samerate the tears did down her face. As the car came to a stop, she smoothedout her black dress. This was the last time she was going to see Riley, afterall, and she wanted to look her best for her deceased partner.
It was September 1999. Lindy had just turned five, after her late birthday in August. She was swinging, high above the mountain tops ± or at least, that¶swhat it seemed to her. Her mother was chattering nonstop with some lady whom Lindy had never seen before. Suddenly, she was facedown in thesandbox, the gravely taste of the sand overtaking her tongue. But Lindy didn¶t cry ± she never did. She merely got angry. Curling her fists, she got up to take a whack at whoever had made her feel the pain of the newly formed scrape on her elbow. There was a boy, not much taller than her,standing there, with glasses that resembled that of a magical character in abook that Lindy¶s mother read to her.She growled at him, ³Why would you push me?! I could beat you to a pulp,you know!´ Without missing a beat, the boy replied, ³My name¶s Riley. What¶s yours?´
Lindy shook her head and walked towards the Church, not quite sure if shewas ready to face this yet. Not that she had a choice. With her magnificentlytowering height, she didn¶t have a tough time throwing on black flats,therefore giving her the ease of walking through the muddy grass. Hermother though, did not have the same pleasure. After many explicit wordsand a bold decision to walk barefoot, they finally made it across the greengrass that led to Riley¶s funeral.
To August 2003. Lindy¶s ninth birthday. Her mother had granted her thehonor of having a moonbounce in the backyard. The kids jumped around,falling down constantly. Riley, as he had been for the past four years, wasalso there. As he and Lindy jumped around, suddenly, Lindy felt his hand grasp her arm and drag her down to the latex ground. Riley somehow fell ontop of her, hitting his head on hers, causing both of them much misery. They