The Days Of Summer

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Chapter 14

"They work fast," said Jess.

"They'll have posted your picture everywhere until someone you know saw it and gave up the information," said Chris.

"My fellow reporter Nina is in our Michigan studio with a fellow classmate of Jessica's. Trisha Martin," said Libby Lamb.

Chris's phone started to ring but he was more focused on Jess who had frozen as she walked her tormentor spew out all these lies about Jess.

"Are you going to answer that?" she asked.

"You're so bossy," he said, before he answered his phone.

"Hey mom?" he questioned, he headed into the hallway. "What?"

Jess could hear what he was saying her whole family could.

"No. Mom none of what the girl is saying is true. She bullies Jess. I want our lawyer all over this. We need get to a statement out," he said. "A press conference. Sort it out for me."

"This Trisha bullies you," said her dad.

She froze again and then ran out of the room.

"Mom I gotta go," said Chris, before he sprinted after her.

When he found her she was sobbing into her pillow. He sat down besides her and pulled her up into his arms.

"I never wanted my parents to know any of this," she whispered.

"One day they would off it would have gotten so bad that something far worse then what she currently does, and the school would phone your parents," he said.

She nodded. "I need to go face my parents."

They headed downstairs. When Chris sat on the sofa Jess sat on his lap and then began to reveal the torment that Trisha caused her. When she got to the end her parents were livid.

"Why didn't you tell us?" asked her dad.

"I could deal with it," she said.

"And you Sara?" said her mother. "Where were you in all of this?"
"We don't hang out in the same circles," said Jessica. "She probably didn't even know it was happening."
"I appreciate you covering for me Jess. But she's wrong I did know about this I just didn't know it had gotten this bad," she said. "I accept any punishments you give me."

"The second we get home you are grounded for two weeks. No laptop, no cell phone, no tv and no iPod when you're at home," said their father.

Sara nodded.

Jessica curled into Chris. His phone buzzed. "Hey mom."
"At three ok. I'll be there," he said.

"That about the press conference?" asked Jess.

"Yeah. I need to leave soon," he said.

"Can I come?" she asked. "I'd like the chance to defend myself?"
"Are you sure you want to do?" he asked.

She nodded before she looked to her parents. "Are you guys ok with me going?"
They nodded.

"Well I'm going to get changed," she said.

"Sara," said Chris. "This is your one and only chance to ask me whatever you want."

Jess headed out of the room and the shower was soon heard. Her Granma and parents busied themselves tidying up from breakfast but listen to the answers.

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