Cruel Promise by Mika Lane EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Mika Lane
- Language: English
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Two years later
There my father was, in a spreading pool of blood. I look around the
pawn shop. Where had the kid trying out the trombone gone? The one
making so much racket I had to duck into the bathroom to continue a
conversation with my big sister, Lily?
She wants me to join her in New York with our youngest sister, Evie, and
at this moment in time I wish more than anything I were there, or at least
anywhere but here. Lily has a new boyfriend and a place for us to stay. She
wants to get us away from Pops and the pawn shop, which she always says is
a ‘bad influence,’ and ‘no place for young women to grow up.’ Exactly like
my mother used to say.
I have no idea what Lily’s doing for money, and how she can suddenly
afford to support Evie and me in the very expensive borough of Manhattan. I
I’ve never been to New York. Hell, I’ve never been out of Illinois. But I
know about the Big Apple, thanks to the stories my Lily has regaled me with
over the past couple years she’s been there. Some are happy, some are not.
But she loves it there and swears Evie and I would too.
I’m not so sure I believe her. And I’m not so sure she loves it as much as
she claims. From what I can tell, it takes a certain kind of person to thrive in
New York. And until now, until this new boyfriend came on the scene, I
wouldn’t say Lily was thriving all that well. She works like a dog and has to
swipe food from the catering company she works with just to feed herself.
But she’s in the middle of convincing me that things have changed for
her, for the better, and she’s ready to help. I can continue to work toward my
bookkeeping certificate at one of the community colleges there, and Evie can
enroll in a high school that’s better than where she is right now. Lily says
there are lots of good public schools in New York, and that with her new
connections, she can get Evie into the best.
Easier said than done. Dragging Evie away from her friends, as dirtbaggy as they may be, will not be easy. And as for me, I’ve had so many
things promised to me in my life that amounted to nothing more than a bunch
of hot air, that I am more than cynical. People lie and promise shit all day
long just to get what they want.
If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
That’s what Pops always says. Someone brings him a heavy gold
necklace or luxury watch, and is willing to let it go at a bargain-basement
price, you can bet it’s either stolen or fake. He says if anyone owned these
items outright and knew their worth, they’d never pawn them for the pennies
on the dollar they’re willing to walk away with.
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